Topics of Study
This program prepares individuals to master musical instruments, including voice, and to perform solo or as members of a musical ensemble. Instruction includes one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings. You will focus on theory, melody, counterpoint, harmony, modulation, instrumentation, orchestration, and studies of specific musical styles.
- Certificate programs focus on improving skills in one type of musical performance.
- Associate and bachelor's degree programs include useful background courses in other subjects and experience with a variety of music.
- A bachelor's degree is helpful when applying for jobs with music-related organizations like small ensembles and orchestras, or as a teacher, composer, or music critic, librarian, or instrument manufacturer.
- A graduate degree is usually required for college teaching, music therapy, or research.