Liberal Arts

Music Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Program

The music major is divided into two categories: instrumental & vocal performance and instrumental & vocal education. The music major — performance track is designed to assist students who desire to pursue a career in classical performance or attend graduate school. The music major — education track prepares students to teach in grades K-12.

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Why should I earn a bachelor's degree in music?

In Demand

There’s a growing market for music education teachers as the current workforce is nearing retirement.


Build the foundation for the stage or other areas of the profession like conducting, composing, and producing.


Continue on to graduate studies for music education, performance, or music therapy.

What I Can Do With a Music Degree

  • Music teacher (with teaching licensure)
  • Professional musician/performer
  • Conductor
  • Composer

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Why study music at BVU?

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Students in BVU’s music program have access to large rehearsal rooms for instrumental and vocal ensembles. The program also boasts computerized virtual reality practice rooms that simulate actual performance spaces, from a cathedral to a large recital hall.

Travel the World

BVU’s vocal and instrumental ensembles have taken performance tours to England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, New York City, and Hawaii. Our choir was also selected to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Marching and Pep Band

BVU’s lakeside football field and jam-packed fieldhouse offer game-day experiences like no other in the American Rivers Conference. As a member of the band, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in college!

BVU Concert Choir named America Prize Finalist

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Corgan, a double major in vocal and instrumental music education, will always remember the BVU choir trip to New York City with Dr. Merrin Guice. On this trip, Corgan and the rest of the choir had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall. Through travel experiences like this, Corgan has been able to develop into a successful musician. BVU’s music department has also connected Corgan with several area educators, which has led him to teach occasional lessons. He can’t wait to have a classroom of his own one day. 

Music Program Tracks and Courses

Pursue your passion for music in a major program focused on your goals.

Music Education with Teaching Licensure: Instrumental K-12 | Vocal K-8 | Vocal K-12

Music Performance: Instrumental | Vocal


  • Music Education Major with Teaching Licensure, Instrumental K-12 (41 Credit Hours)
  • Music Education Major with Teaching Licensure, Vocal 5-12 (43 Credit Hours)
  • Music Education Major with Teaching Licensure, Vocal K-8 (43 credit hours)
  • Music Performance Major, Instrumental (40 Credit Hours)
  • Music Performance Major, Vocal (42 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Music Performance (20 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Music Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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Music Production and Technology

With the explosion of electronic devices and Internet access, music and video is used by just about everyone.

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