Why study Music Performance at APSU?
Austin Peay's applied faculty and ensemble directors are second to none. Our music department is host to world-class performers including members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville's top recording studio session-musicians, premier solo musicians, opera lead-role performers, chamber musicians, featured soloists, and world-renowned clinicians. Our ensemble directors have established a long-standing tradition of excellence in chamber and large instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our performance program also features a composition specialization.
What will I learn?
This degree prepares students for careers in symphony orchestras, opera houses, musical theatres, jazz clubs, recording studios, theme parks, cruise ships, touring companies, military ensembles, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Many performers also spend much of their time teaching private lessons in local schools, private studios, music stores, or at the college level. Finally, many performance majors pursue graduate degrees or careers in conducting, composing, arranging, music theory, or pedagogy, or may pursue careers in arts management. This degree will prepare you for any number of these, or other music careers.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
The music department is home to four music student organizations.
- Collegiate chapter of National Assocaiton for Music Education (CNAfME) is a service/professional organization for music education majors.
- Phi Mu Alpha is a music service organiation for men. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Sigma Alpha Iota is a music service organization for women. Students do not need to be music majors to join.
- Aspiring Vocal Performers is a professional organization for vocal music majors.
APSU music majors serve the department and community through a variety of outreach programs.
What Do Performance Majors Do After Graduation?
After graduation from APSU, many of our performance majors are accepted to the graduate schools of their choosing. Others seek careers as freelance musicians, private-studio teachers, studio session players, or seek auditions in major performing ensembles. Recent APSU alumni perform in the U.S. Marine Corps President's Own band, and have performed in some of the world's finest opera houses.