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Should I major in music?

1. What does it mean to major in music?

Typically, a music major will say things like:

  • “Music is a passion of mine and I want to learn all about it.”
  • “I am so passionate about music that I really want to perform it every day.”
  • “I am not sure if I want to perform or teach. I am not sure I want a career in music at all, but I think I need to study it now so that I can understand and better appreciate it. Regardless of my career path, I know that music will be important part of my life.”

The APSU music graduate will be able to perform in a healthy, dynamic, energetic, and poised way. He/she will be able to sight-read, be able to recognize and adapt to various styles, and be able to perform comfortably as a soloist or in ensemble situations.

By studying music at APSU, the student will be exposed to classical training—a fact that is not always obvious to incoming students.

Being classically trained means that over the course of their degree program, students become “sophisticated” in the art of music, but that sophistication can be used in many different ways after graduation. Whether students choose a career in music or not, their training will allow them to perform well in any musical style they choose.

2. Why is the Austin Peay State University a good place to major in music?

There are many reasons, including:

  • Personal attention. Faculty will know your name!
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including a critically acclaimed recital hall.
  • Faculty mentors who are also gifted performers/scholars who are highly-respected in their disciplines. These professors are available many hours of the day to offer guidance beyond regular class times and (one-on-one) lessons. 
  • Celebrated and award-winning ensembles which tour and record on a regular basis.
  • Reasonable tuition/room and board costs, as well as generous performance scholarships.
  • Exciting and world-class programming, visiting performers and scholars. In addition, our Acuff Chair of Excellence Residencies allow for time for meaningful student interactions with outstanding visiting artists and teachers. This is all made possible with funding provided by our incredible (and unique) Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts.
  • A “family” atmosphere. Our fraternities, our music education (MENC) student chapter, and ensembles (large and small) help younger students feel like they belong to a caring community.  New students soon feel comfortable in this environment which then allows them make the most of their musical and educational experience.

 
3. What can APSU music majors do after graduation?

After graduation, our majors are able to apply for any job (music or otherwise) requiring a bachelor's degree. They are also qualified to apply for entrance into a master's program in music performance or in another field.

Musicians tend to be creative thinkers and good project managers (and time managers). Music majors are typically leaders with an ability to work well with others to achieve group goals, and they are disciplined and dedicated workers. This means that they are valuable assets for many companies and institutions.

Therefore, those who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in music degree have many options. Some go on to teach music (in private studios or in public/private schools). Some choose to use the bachelor’s degree to go into the music business, studio recording, or arts management.  Finally, some go on to non-music careers like medicine, law, or business. The fact is that a Bachelor of Arts can lead to many different career paths.

4. I think I may want to become certified to teach music in the schools. What do I need to know about music education options at Austin Peay?

You should read the Information packet for undergraduate music education students. If you have questions, you should contact our Coordinator:

Dr. Eric Branscome.
Phone: 931-221-7811    
Email: branscomee@apsu.edu

5. Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in music?

You may contact the Department chair, Dr. Douglas Rose, by email at rosed@apsu.edu or by phone (931)221-7808. Or, you may contact an applied (studio) teacher in your major performing area. Our faculty are very generous with their time and are always interested in helping students find the path that is right for them. To be connected directly with a faculty member in your area, simply call the Department of Music at 931-221-7818.

6. Are there scholarships available?

Yes. There are scholarships for entering students which can range from $250 to $3000 or more (per year), depending on the student’s musical ability and the department's needs. For more information on how to audition for a scholarship, please see visit the undergraduate admissions and scholarships page.