Degrees

Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Prepares students for performance-related work and studio teaching. In addition to standard courses that focus on performance skills, it includes courses relevant to the music industry such as entrepreneurship, music technology, and studio recording.

BM in Performance Degree Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities
  • Describe the various time periods, important historical figures, styles and genres throughout the historical development of western music
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills in the theoretical areas of scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation

Performance

  • Demonstrate advanced technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare high-level solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation
  • Describe the history, styles and genres of the applicable solo and ensemble literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various styles and approaches to pedagogy, including the ability to diagnose and correct musical and technical faults
  • Demonstrate competencies in foreign language and diction (vocal majors)

Industry, Technology and Entrepreneurship

  • Treat musical ventures in a professional business manner
  • Set up an independent studio
  • Demonstrate effective marketing skills
  • Understand principles of copyright, permissions, and contracts
  • Identify and incorporate applicable music technologies, including music software and hardware, and the fundamentals of musical recording

Music Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Provides students with the competencies essential for a professional career in music secondary education.

BS in Music Education Degree Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities
  • Describe the various time periods, important historical figures, styles and genres throughout the historical development of western music
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills in the theoretical areas of scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation

Performance

  • Demonstrate advanced technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation

Music Education

  • Demonstrate proficiency with baton technique, score reading, and interpretation.
  • Arrange works for orchestra, band, choir, and small ensembles.
  • Describe the literature, methodology, and administration of a school choral or instrumental program.
  • Teach students on instruments and/or voice in the chosen area of specialization

Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Certification
Music education certification is possible for individuals who have been awarded bachelor degrees in music in areas other than music education. To get started, interested individuals should do the following: 

1. Apply to UVU
2. Schedule an appointment with the Music Department Chair for transcript review and coursework planning 
3. Schedule an appointment with Rick Dumont, Secondary Education Advisor, for application into the secondary education program 
4. Schedule an appointment with a School of the Arts Advisor for assistance in music coursework registration

Commercial Music

Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music
Prepares students for professional work in the music media industry. Students may select from two tracks, one in media composition and the second in music technology and production.

Commercial Music Graduation Plan

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities
  • Describe the various time periods, important historical figures, styles and genres throughout the historical development of western music
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills in the theoretical areas of scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation

Performance

  • Demonstrate technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation

Core Music Media

  • Treat musical ventures in a professional business manner
  • Demonstrate effective marketing skills
  • Understand principles of copyright, permissions, and contracts
  • Demonstrate the basics of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), Pro Tools, and contemporary music notation (Finale and/or Sibelius), in-depth editing, effects, and mixing techniques
  • Understand the concepts of arranging and producing in the recording studio
  • Describe the theory of rock and jazz and demonstrate the usage of chords related to blues, Latin jazz, funk, and bebop
  • Compose melodies in a variety of improvisation styles and give a live improvisational performance with a rhythm section
  • Compose songs in a music media style and understand the process of developing a production plan for a song demo
  • Create a demo reel of original work which demonstrates facility in industry-standard practices
  • Create arrangements for large and small instrumental and vocal ensembles

Media Composition Track

  • Demonstrate scoring for various media such as movies, games, television, and internet applications
  • Demonstrate historical and contemporary techniques as applied to creating an original piece of music
  • Compose examples of counterpoint in historic and contemporary styles

Music Technology and Production Track

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic sound principles, cable types, microphone types, and basic techniques of use
  • Demonstrate abilities with multi-track audio, editing, EQing, mixing and mastering
  • Gather sound for use in film and video productions
  • Demonstrate proper boom miking and wireless microphone techniques
  • Demonstrate acoustics preparation to record dialogue and sound effects on location and on sound stages
  • Edit audio of multimedia productions, including the balancing of artistic relations, mixing and mastering of music, sound effects tracks and Foley

BA/BS in Music

Bachelor of Science/Arts in Music
A liberal arts degree with a significant component of electives designed for students who desire a broad base of knowledge. The Bachelor of Arts in Music includes foreign language requirements.

BA/BS in Music Degree Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities
  • Describe the various time periods, important historical figures, styles and genres throughout the historical development of western music
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills in the theoretical areas of scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation

Performance

  • Demonstrate advanced technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation

AS in Music

Associate of Science in Music
A two-year program that offers foundational studies in musicianship and performance. Prepares students for continuation in a four-year degree program in music.

AS in Music Degree Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills in the theoretical areas of scales, chord progressions, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation

Performance

  • Demonstrate technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Music
A degree with dual emphases, one of which is music and a second in another academic area of the student’s choice.

IS with an Emphasis in Music Degree Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis
  • Display knowledge of musical forms and processes through compositional, analytical and performance activities

Performance

  • Demonstrate technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation

Minor

Minor in Music
Offers introductory studies in musicianship and performance, including theory, aural skills, private instruction and ensemble participation.

Minor in Music Planner

Completion of the program requires students to demonstrate the following:

Core Musicianship

  • Identify elements and organizational patterns of music through aural and visual analysis

Performance

  • Demonstrate technical and stylistic capabilities for the major instrument or voice
  • Prepare solo and ensemble performances that demonstrate creative expression and interpretation