APU’s music major prepares students to turn musical talent into a career. The degree provides a solid foundation in music theory, practical musicianship, music technology, sight singing, and dictation. These then provide a framework for advanced study in music history, choral and instrumental conducting, commercial music, and music literature. Students choose an emphasis for in-depth study in applied music (performance), music education, or music theory.
Music majors also participate in musical ensembles, attend and perform in recitals, and take voice and piano classes, providing extensive, diverse musical experiences. Music majors leave APU ready to apply advanced musical knowledge to a career in music.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re a music major if you:
- Enjoy the creative process.
- Have the desire to teach music at the K–12 level.
- Have talent and skill in writing and arranging music.
- Seek a well-rounded, balanced musical foundation.
“The professors in the School of Music provided a safe yet challenging environment where I was able to grow both as a musician and as a Christian.”