School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Music Major

Music majors at Anderson University have the opportunity to customize their course of study in order to best align with their skills and calling. Students are given a broad musical context from which to grow. In their senior year, they work with faculty to determine a capstone course of study that strengthens their focus and prepares them for their careers.

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 44-to-47-hour major are:

  • music theory
  • music history
  • music literature
  • world music
  • private lessons and ensembles

View the complete curriculum for the music major

What experiences will I have?

Music students at Anderson University study their instrument one-on-one with faculty and also as part of ensembles, including wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, Chorale, Women’s Chorus, or Valley Voices. They develop their ability to understand the technical aspects of written music and to write their own compositions. Students must participate in student recitals, potentially both as soloists and as part of chamber ensembles.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Music majors find their niche in a variety of organizations. With a focus on theory and composition, they may find their way into music publishing. Graduates with this degree include successful professional performers in a variety of genres as well as folks who continue to graduate school for music history with a desire to teach at the college level.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.