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Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music at Anderson University starts with core courses to give students a strong foundation in music. Music majors then customize their study to their skills and their calling by picking a concentration. The major has tracks in performance, composition, or music theory and history.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO STUDY?

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COMPOSITION

The mission of the music composition program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to compose music for a wide variety of venues, including music for the concert hall, television and film, and digital media.

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MUSIC MINOR

This minor is perfect to add on to any degree at Anderson University. Take courses that peak your interest and learn from the experience faculty within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

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THEORY AND HISTORY

The theory and history track within the music program is designed for students who are interested in learning the culture, thinking, and ways music forms society.

ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC BUSINESS
MUSIC PERFORMANCE MINOR

Add a music performance minor to any major here at Anderson University. This minor is held within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and allows students to explore the world of music performance. It allows them to create a career that fits all of their talents.

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PERFORMANCE

If you want to be in the spotlight, the performance track within the music program is for you. Study the skills you need to capture an audience and perfect your craft.

COMPLEMENTARY MAJOR

Students who would like to pair their passion for music with their other skills and calling may choose the complementary major. This streamlined course of study lets students customize their studies to meet their career goals.

Program Overview

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​Majoring in music at Anderson University gives students a lot of opportunities to experience their craft. Not only do they study one-on-one with faculty, they also participate in our ensembles:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Chorale
  • Women’s Chorus
  • Valley Voices

Students develop their ability to understand written music and to write their own compositions. Students must participate in student recitals, potentially both as soloists and as part of chamber ensembles. Our students also support one another by attending recitals and other performances.

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Why AU Music?

Anderson University’s music program is known around the world. Alumni perform at the La Scala opera house in Italy, the Met, Carnegie Hall, at the Academy Awards, and at other international venues.

Guest artists and artists-in-residence visit the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance each year. We have welcomed artists like:

  • Canadian Brass
  • Van Cliburn gold medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu
  • Thodos Dance Chicago
  • Indianapolis Baroque Ensemble

Alumni successfully pursue graduate work. They have attended:

  • Indiana University
  • St. Thomas University
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • Boston University
  • Vanderbilt University
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Classes

Among the classes in the 50-hour major are:

  • Theory
  • History
  • Music Literature
  • World Music
  • Private Lessons 
  • Ensembles

View the complete curriculum for the music major.

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Careers

Music majors find their place in a variety of careers based on the track they choose. Our graduates have also found success as professional performers in a variety of genres. Some work in composition or in music publishing. Others have continued their education in graduate school, where they have studied music history or theory as they prepare for teaching at the college level.

OUR music FACULTY

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