Music

The music major is divided into two categories: instrumental and vocal performance and instrumental and vocal education. The performance track is designed to assist students who desire to pursue a career in classical performance or attend graduate school. The education track prepares students to teach K-12.

To the beat of your heart

Students who major in music can choose to specialize in instrumental and vocal performance or instrumental and vocal education. There is a growing market for young music education teachers as the current music educator workforce is nearing retirement. Job availability at both the elementary and secondary teaching levels are growing. 

Students who pursue the vocal performance track have been accepted to a variety of graduate voice programs with fellowships and assistantships including the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne, Arizona State University, and the University of Delaware.

Besides careers as educators, music majors can prepare for the stage or to extended areas of the profession including directors, composers, conductors, and producers. Students can also pursue graduate studies for a career in business, law or music therapy.

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State of the art facilities

Virtual reality practice rooms + more

Edson Hall, BVU’s old gymnasium, was renovated specifically to house the music department. The facility features large state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms for instrumental and vocal ensembles. The program’s computerized virtual reality practice rooms allow students to simulate nine performance spaces from a cathedral to a large recital hall.

Travel Across the World

Take your talent to places you never imagined

Vocal and Instrumental ensembles have taken performance tours to England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, New York City and Hawaii.

Internships

  • The Sonic Factory Recording Studio
  • Sweetwater Music
  • Two Fish Studios
  • Skyline Audio Productions

Careers

  • Alta - Aurelia Community Schools, High School Director of Bands
  • East Sac Community Schools, Elementary Vocal Director
  • Andrea’s Piano Studio, Owner & Instructor
  • Miller Street Studios, Freelance Engineer
  • High School Vocal Director

Graduate School

  • University of Illinois
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Northwestern University
  • San Diego State University
  • Arizona State University

Major in Music Education Instrumental with Teaching Licensure (K-12) (41 credit hours)

Piano proficiency and recital must be passed prior to the student teaching experience

  • MUSC 100-400 Private Lessons on Major Instrument (7 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 127 Concert Band (7 semesters)
  • MUSC 192 Classic Piano I for Music Majors
  • MUSC 193 Class Piano II for Music Majors
  • MUSC 203 Instrumental Techniques - Woodwinds
  • MUSC 204 Instrumental Techniques - Brass
  • MUSC 207 Instrumental Techniques - Percussion
  • MUSC 211 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 212 Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 322 Conducting II
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Plus requirements for secondary education and education core and

  • EDUC 403 Methods of Teaching General Music
  • SEDU 442 Methods of Teaching Secondary Vocal Music
  • SEDU 443 Methods of Teaching Secondary Instrumental Music
  • SEDU 405 Field Experience/ Methods

Major in Music Education Vocal with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (43 credit hours)

  • MUSC 100-4000 Private Vocal Lessons (7 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 121 Diction Foreign Languages
  • MUSC 122 Concert Choir (7 semesters)
  • MUSC 192 Classic Piano I for Music Majors
  • MUSC 193 Class Piano II for Music Majors
  • MUSC 194 Piano Proficiency
  • MUSC 203 Instrumental Techniques - Woodwinds
  • MUSC 204 Instrumental Techniques - Brass
  • MUSC 207 Instrumental Techniques - Percussion
  • MUSC 211 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 212 Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 322 Conducting II
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Piano proficiency and recital must be passed prior to the student teaching experience

Plus requirements for secondary education and education core and

  • EDUC 403 Methods of Teaching General Music
  • SEDU 405 Field Experience/ Methods
  • SEDU 442 Methods of Teaching Secondary Vocal Music
  • SEDU 443 Methods of Teaching Secondary Instrumental Music

Major in Music Education Vocal with Teaching Licensure (K-8) (43 credit hours)

  • MUSC 100-4000 Private Vocal Lessons (7 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 121 Diction Foreign Languages
  • MUSC 122 Concert Choir (7 semesters)
  • MUSC 192 Classic Piano I for Music Majors
  • MUSC 193 Class Piano II for Music Majors
  • MUSC 194 Piano Proficiency
  • MUSC 203 Instrumental Techniques - Woodwinds
  • MUSC 204 Instrumental Techniques - Brass
  • MUSC 207 Instrumental Techniques - Percussion
  • MUSC 211 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 212 Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 322 Conducting II
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Piano proficiency and recital must be passed prior to the student teaching experience

Plus requirements for elementary education and education core and

  • EDUC 403 Methods of Teaching General Music
  • EDUC 405 Field Experience/ Methods
  • SEDU 442 Methods of Teaching Secondary Vocal Music
  • SEDU 443 Methods of Teaching Secondary Instrumental Music

Major in Music Performance - Instrumental (40 credit hours)

  • MUSC 100-400 Private Lessons on Major Instrument (12 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 127 Concert Band
  • MUSC 192 Classic Piano I for Music Majors
  • MUSC 193 Class Piano II for Music Majors
  • MUSC 194 Piano Proficiency
  • MUSC 211 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 212 Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 322 Conducting II
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Major in Music Performance - Vocal (42 credit hours)

  • MUSC 100-400 Private Lessons on Major Instrument (12 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 121 Diction Foreign Languages
  • MUSC 122 Concert Choir (7 semesters)
  • MUSC 192 Classic Piano I for Music Majors
  • MUSC 193 Class Piano II for Music Majors
  • MUSC 194 Piano Proficiency
  • MUSC 211 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 212 Music Theory IV
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 322 Conducting II
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Minor in Music Performance (20 credit hours)

  • MUSC 100-200 Level Private Lessons on Major Instrument or Voice (4 credit hours)
  • MUSC 111 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 112 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 122 Concert Choir or MUSC 127 Concert Band (4 semesters)
  • MUSC 307 Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 308 Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321 Conducting I
  • MUSC 490 Recital

Courses taken for credit or no credit will appear on student's permanent record along with an assigned grade. All required course work in the music major and minor must be taken for a letter grade.

Faculty

Dr.   Merrin  Guice

Merrin Guice

Assistant Professor of Vocal Music

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Mr.   Jerry  Bertrand

Jerry Bertrand

Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music

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Dr.   David  Klee

David Klee

Associate Professor of Instrumental Music

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