Why Music at UVU?

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC?

UVU's music degree programs focus on three principal areas of professional music studies: education, performance, and commercial music. Students interested in broader studies, inclusive of other educational disciplines, may pursue a liberal arts or integrated studies major. In addition to professional careers, music is also an area that offers highly flexible self-employment opportunities, such as freelance performing and recording, as well as private teaching. Coursework in music technology and entrepreneurship further enhances opportunities for students who choose to pursue freelance employment. These opportunities are very dynamic, rapidly responding to advancing technology and an open and diverse media market.

CAREERS IN MUSIC

Teaching

  • elementary and secondary schools
  • colleges and universities
  • private studios

Composition

  • commissions
  • educational publications
  • music for media

Performance

  • solo performance
  • conducting
  • recording
  • chamber music
  • orchestras
  • collaborative piano
  • opera/opera chorus
  • choirs
  • theatre music and directing
  • bands (popular/rock/jazz)

Media/Commercial Music

  • producer
  • composer
  • arranger
  • recording engineer
  • broadcast engineer
  • film scoring
  • sound and video editor
  • distributor
  • audio-visual technician
  • advertising and marketing
  • studio design

Music Librarianship

  • public and academic libraries
  • recording industry libraries
  • broadcast libraries
  • publishing
  • research
  • archives
  • professional organizations

Music Therapy

  • hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers
  • special education
  • corrective institutions
  • nursing homes
  • consultant

Music Management

  • booking agent
  • artist development manager
  • concert hall manager
  • recording company or studio manager
  • ensemble (orchestra, opera, theater) manager
  • promotion and advertising
  • broadcasting executive
  • musician’s union
  • audience research

Instruments

  • instrument building
  • repair and maintenance
  • retail
  • piano technician
 

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The skills students develop in music programs include impressive levels of discipline, critical thinking, creative expression and interpretation, the confidence to present and perform in front of large audiences, a deep understanding of complex symbolism and form, and the ability to communicate successfully. These skills are marketable in fields other than music. Students majoring in music may pursue post-baccalaureate education in medicine, law, business, or other professions, or find full-time employment in other areas, choosing to pursue their interest in music as an avocation or part-time profession.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Professional associations provide information, conferences, workshops, competition and presentation opportunities, and networking support for musicians pursing professional careers. Many of these associations offer student memberships at discounted rates. Here is a sampling of national and Utah music associations.

WHAT ARE GRADUATES DOING NOW?

CAREERS OF UVU MUSIC GRADUATES

  • Public, private, and charter school teacher
  • Private studio teacher
  • Recording artist
  • Solo, chamber, orchestra musician
  • Opera musician
  • Rock and jazz band musician
  • Conductor
  • Producer
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Songwriter
  • Film score writer
  • Video game music writer
  • Website music writer
  • Recording engineer
  • Sound editor
  • Recording studio owner and operator
  • Instrument repair specialist
  • Music theater program director
  • Orchestra founder and director
  • Event manager
  • Talent agent
  • Business owner
  • Medical professional
  • Dentistry professional
  • Library specialist

UVU MUSIC GRADUATES IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Performance
  • Commercial Music
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Library and Information
  • Medical School
  • Law School

CLUB ORGANIZATIONS

  • Piano Club, Hilary Demske,  Coordinator
  • Horn Club, Jeb Wallace, Coordinator
  • Flute Club, Rebecca Chapman, Coordinator
  • Utah Valley Opera Club, Tyler Nelson, Coordinator
  • Woodwind Club, Jeffrey O'Flynn, Coordinator

The following music courses are highly popular and require no musical background:

  • MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music. A course designed to make music more meaningful. Studies melody, harmony, form, and rhythm together with historical and biographical information.
  • MUSC 1030 American Popular Music. Studies the emergence, development, and characteristics of American music including Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock, Motown, Hip-Hop, and other popular styles.
  • MUSC 102G Introduction to World Music. Explores diverse music throughout the world. Studies melody, harmony, form, and rhythm in international historical and cultural contexts.
  • MUSC 1050 Beginning Piano I. Provides group instruction for students with little or no piano and note-reading experience.
  • MUSC 1100 Fundamentals of Music. Studies the fundamentals of music theory including pitch notation, meter, rhythm, time signatures, intervals, scales, key signatures, and triads.
  • MUSC 1170 Group Guitar I. Teaches fundamental skills in playing popular guitar styles.
  • MUSC 1400 Music Technology I. Examines the fundamental concepts and usage of technologies in music.
  • MUSC 1630 Group Voice I. Provides group instruction in the development of vocal skills.