As a music major, you can choose from one of five concentrations in which to further your musical ability, as well as perform in ensembles throughout your academic career. Or, if you choose a BA or BS degree without the concentration, you can take fewer credits than in the music performance major and have the option of choosing a second major—pairing your music degree with something mutually beneficial.
- Ability to perform in the ensembles of your choice
- Core classes shape your understanding of music and theory
- Concentration options further your career preparation
- You have the ability to choose a lighter course load, without a concentration, allowing for a double major
- Composition/theory concentration allows you to build a portfolio of original works
Concentrations in the Bachelor of Music program focus on real-world application of your musical interests. You take classes that are specific to that field and many of these classes focus primarily on how you will develop careers upon graduation. The concentrations include:
- Jazz studies
- Music business
- Music technology & recording
- Church music
In UIndy’s Music Department, auditions in the BA or BS are used primarily to gauge your growth and how you might continue to improve. Here’s what you need to know:
- An audition is required to get accepted into the Music Department and to be allowed to declare a major. Your audition should take place after you have completed the online application for admission to UIndy.
- If you are accepted under probationary terms, you will later have to audition a second time to be able to declare the music major.
- An audition is also required to be considered for a scholarship.
- If you are accepted to the music program, you will be notified during the first week of March.
- Prior to being accepted into an ensemble, you must audition separately.
Potential careers in music
A music degree allows for a multitude of career options, such as:
Getting connected in Indianapolis
In each concentration of the music program, you’ll be exposed to professionals who are still active in the music scene in Indianapolis. This practice has often led to internships during students’ senior year, as well as live playing gigs. Here are just a few examples of the opportunities you may find in Indianapolis:
- Working with recording studios
- Performing at local jazz venues like the Jazz Kitchen & Chatterbox
- Working and performing with area churches
- Composing original works of composition
A Bachelor of Arts or Science in Music might be for you if:
- You have a specific interest in music outside of performance
- You play an instrument or sing and wish to further your talent
- You are/were heavily involved in your high school band or choir
- You wish to choose a second major
These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a music major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The music guide and concentration guides lists the classes you’ll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.