Music Degree Program

Meet Our Music Faculty

Prepare for a career in performance, music education, or sacred music with Averett’s Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. Based in the Emily Swain Grousbeck Music Center, our Music program offers voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students the opportunity to develop their technique, their expression, and their knowledge of music history and composition. You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on performance, teaching, and leadership as part of our instrumental and choral ensembles, and within the local community.

After graduation, you can teach in public or private schools, teach in a private studio setting, perform, or lead church music activities as conductor, choir director, or instrumentalist. The curriculum of our Music major is also appropriate for those who want to pursue graduate study or a seminary program.

Courses in the Music Degree Program

All students within the Music major take the following core courses:

  • Basic and Intermediate Conducting (Instrumental and Choral)
  • Fundamentals of Music
  • Enjoyment of Music
  • Music History: Antiquity to Baroque Styles
  • Music History:  Classical and Romantic Styles
  • Music Theory I and II with Aural Skills Lab
  • Music Theory III and IV
  • Private Lessons
  • Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles

Music majors at Averett can choose from three concentration areas:

  • Church Music
  • Music Education
  • Performance

Additional courses in these areas cover advanced topics in conducting leadership, instrumental methods, music literature, music theory, pedagogy, and performance.

Music Minor

The Department of Music also offers a Music minor consisting of 21 credits in theory, history, and performance. Students pursuing the Music minor may choose to study piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, percussion, string instruments or voice.

For full details of courses for the Music degree program, please see our course catalog. To read admissions requirements for this program, including audition guidelines, please click here.

For more information about Averett University and our Music degree programs in Virginia, contact us or apply now and get started on your career today!