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Receive high-quality training to develop the skills to build a rewarding career as a well-rounded musician. 

 OVER

20

MUSICAL ENSEMBLES

36

FACULTY TO SUPPORT YOU ALONG YOUR PATH

250

PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS PER YEAR

20,000

NUMBER OF EVENT ATTENDEES YEARLY

Total Credit Hours: 120

Music Courses (54 - 78 hours) 

General Education (45 hours)

Free Electives (10 - 32 hours) 

You'll take 120 credit hours for a bachelor                        of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE). 

 

What You'll Study

The music program provides six options of study for your individual success: performance, composition, education, technology, creative technologies, and the liberal arts option.

The performance option is perfect for aspiring singers and instrumentalists, preparing you for a lifetime on the stage. An education degree is ideal if you're looking to build a powerful base of knowledge in music in order to pass that knowledge onto others at the K-12 level. Technology students study the basics of acoustics, recording and mixed-media production through the use of both conventional and emerging technologies. A composition degree enables you to concisely express yourself through music. Creative technologies students use cutting-edge equipment to create new sounds and imagine novel musical systems.

The liberal arts option is a popular choice for those looking to double major, with students focusing on performance, composition, technology, or creative technologies. Students access such benefits as weekly private lessons with their advisor, exclusive music classes, and participation in a wide host of music ensembles. 

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What is a Degree in Music?

A music major combines education and active participation in ensembles to prepare you for an enriching career in the field of music. What’s more, there are a variety of options created for your individual needs, whether you intend to pursue a graduate degree or proceed into the music industry, a music major could be your ticket to success.

Why Study Music Here?

We believe in action-based learning in our enriching courses and over twenty music ensembles open to all students. These include bands, brass and string ensembles, chamber ensembles, choirs, jazz ensembles, Music for the Stage, the Virginia Tech Philharmonic Orchestra, percussion ensemble, L2Ork (Laptop Orchestra), and wind ensemble. There are also opportunities to work with theatre and cinema students on interdisciplinary productions and projects.

Beyond the Classroom

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved on campus. Organizations such as Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the USITT Student Chapter are perfect for music majors with a variety of interests.

Women's Choir
VT Choir Exhibition Concert

Create With Other Students

Music majors can participate in productions and projects with other programs in the School of Performing Arts. One recent example of this is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical performed in the Moss Arts Center that featured music students onstage, backstage, and in the pit.

Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

Join us 

For a collaborative experience with a diverse group of students inside and outside of the music program, check out our wide array of Ensemble options! A campus favorite is the Marching Virginians, a band that celebrated its 46th year in 2020.

Jazz Ensemble
Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble

Award-winning Faculty Guidance

Our faculty include esteemed professionals who know the ins-and-outs of the field and are dedicated to working closely with their students to assure success. 

DISIS ensemble

Music majors hear some of the world’s greatest artists at the nearby Moss Arts Center, and are often able to work directly with them in masterclasses.  Recent guest artists who interacted with our students include Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Awadagin Pratt, and the Academy Award and Tony Award-winning Broadway songwriting duo Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire.

Violin

Our Digital Audio Recording and Production Studio is a high-tech, state of the art facility for exploring the technology of music. The primary control room and classroom is designed to support instruction, multitrack recording, editing, and mixing, surround sound production, sound design, video editing, foley recording, and audio for post, and additional production rooms are available for overflow, multimedia/game development, and DVD production capabilities.

New Music Ensemble

Prospective music majors also complete an audition as part of the application process. After submitting either the Virginia Tech Coalition or Common Application, you will receive additional details on how to apply for the audition within the School of Performing Arts. 

What Our Students Are Saying

Careers and Further Study

What do I do with a major in music?

An exciting career in music awaits you, and the possibilities are endless. Our graduates are: 

  • Composers
  • Conductors
  • Vocalists
  • Instrumental Performers
  • Audio Producers
  • Music Directors
  • Music Educators