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.
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 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.