Majoring in music requires an incredible amount of energy, focus and determination. In addition to your academic coursework, you’ll spend time practicing new talents, like learning to play a new instrument, and preparing for a performance. By the time you graduate you’ll be a pro at reading, arranging and understanding music. Our integrated curriculum encourages musical creativity and artistic expression that prepares you for teaching, graduate school or careers in music. We offer three ensemble groups in both the choral and instrumental programs. Our musical groups are diverse in nature and provide a wide variety of opportunities, including solo and small group work.
Why a degree in Music from Missouri Valley?
Our program is structured to allow for an integrated approach to education, you will be encouraged to “step out of the box” and develop new areas of artistry. Our small class sizes, personalized approach to education, and faculty that get to know you as an individual, are an important aspect of your educational experience. Whether you are planning to major or minor in music, or whether you plan to major in another area but want to continue using your musical talents, you qualify to receive a Fine Arts Scholarship in vocal or instrumental music. Interested students will need to perform a vocal or instrumental selection which best demonstrates their musical abilities and interests. We encourage you to audition in person, however, if you are unable to we can arrange a digital audition.
- Arranging Music
- Agent for Musical Act
- Audio Engineer
- Private Vocal or Instrumental Coach
Graduate Program Possibilities
- Fine Arts
Courses & Concentrations
Degree in Music
The bachelor’s degree in music is designed for students who want a broader music curriculum. Choose this program if you want to focus on performance, composition, conducting, other music related careers, graduate school, or if you’d like to double major. Music majors are required to participate in a music ensemble every semester. The program requires 48 hours of coursework.
Degree in Music Education
The music education major is designed for students who want to teach grades K-12 music in the public school setting. In addition to the required music courses, you must complete the professional education courses listed in the college catalog. All music education students must pass a piano proficiency exam.
The choral certification requires additional coursework in choral techniques, literature and arranging. You’ll learn the practical aspects of score preparation, choral concert programming, and study the necessary skills needed for arranging music for choral ensembles in various styles of accompanied and unaccompanied music. You may obtain an instrumental certificate by taking an additional 14 hours in the instrumental certification area.
The instrumental certification focuses on teaching you the fundamentals of playing and teaching a number of instruments including stringed, percussion, woodwinds and brass. You’ll also learn techniques in instrumental arranging, and get hands-on experience through short writing projects for choirs, bands and orchestras. Instrumental students may obtain a choral certificate by taking an additional 14 hours in the choral certification area.
Minor in Music
Our minor program is designed for students who want a basic understanding of music theory and appreciation. You will develop proficiency in piano playing, taking the same piano classes as students majoring in music. This basic knowledge of music concepts is helpful if you’re interested in careers in businesses relating to music. It can also be valuable if you simply desire a creative outlet. Coursework includes 22 hours of the music curriculum including applied lessons, ensemble work and upper division hours.