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
- elementary and secondary schools
- colleges and universities
- private studios
- educational publications
- music for media
- solo performance
- chamber music
- collaborative piano
- opera/opera chorus
- theatre music and directing
- bands (popular/rock/jazz)
- recording engineer
- broadcast engineer
- film scoring
- sound and video editor
- audio-visual technician
- advertising and marketing
- studio design
- public and academic libraries
- recording industry libraries
- broadcast libraries
- professional organizations
- hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers
- special education
- corrective institutions
- nursing homes
- 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
- instrument building
- repair and maintenance
- piano technician
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
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
- 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
- Commercial Music
- Music Education
- Library and Information
- Medical School
- Law School
- 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
- 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.