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Music B.A.  B.Mus.  

Major  Minor  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
 

Attaining a degree in music opens up a world of possibilities. Not only is music enjoyable and mentally stimulating, it can be financially rewarding as well. The music industry is filled with careers that can combine your passions for music theory and performance, whether it’s teaching, performing or composing music.

As a music major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you will participate in ensembles, either choral or instrumental or both, as part of the requirements for your major. Since ensemble participation doesn’t necessarily factor into your official course load, you may find that you have more opportunities within your schedule to take additional electives that interest you to help round out your career options. Concordia Nebraska is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities whose degrees and credentials adhere to national standards, making our music program one of rigorous academics, excellent performance and high professional quality.

Concordia Nebraska’s music department exists to prepare students to glorify God through the study, performance and teaching of music in the church and the world. We have award winning, published professors and offer the largest music program in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). When you graduate with your bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia Nebraska, you will be able to perform, create, analyze and understand music in its historical, cultural, and religious context.

While earning a music degree is not a requirement just to learn and play an instrument, it is a vital step to reaching greater realms of opportunity and financial success throughout your career. A degree in music from Concordia can help you broaden your understanding of how music works theoretically and practically and give you greater professional opportunities after graduation.

13:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

81%
Faculty with terminal degree

My favorite part about being a music major is all of the performance opportunities you get. It's not an easy path, but I'm so glad that music is where I have been called.
Paige Stadler
Columbus, Nebraska
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Core Concepts

Concordia University, Nebraska’s music department equips students to understand and appreciate music through active participation and immersion in musical coursework and performances and to glorify God through the study, performance and teaching of music in the church and the world.

Concordia NebraskaMusic: Learning Objectives

Students in the music program at Concordia University, Nebraska will learn the fundamentals of music theory, aural skills and music history, in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the basics of music study.

Students will study conducting and arranging of music, including score preparation, baton technique and writing music for different instruments.

Students will develop performing competencies and the ability to read, understand and bring to performance musical composition, both vocal and instrumental.

Dr. Jeffrey Blersch - Music

Concordia University - Music Department

Concordia NebraskaMusic: Program Goals

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Students in the music program at Concordia University, Nebraska will demonstrate a level of technical and artistic proficiency that is on par for the national standards for success in graduate school.

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Students will demonstrate a far-reaching exposure to and knowledge of literature in their area of expertise, as well as knowledge of multiple pedagogical approaches in music.

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Students will be prepared to contribute to the music community and the profession through performances on a professional level and to promote appreciation of music.

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Students will have an understanding of the role of music in society and participate in cultural experiences which will enlarge musical understanding and appreciation.

Concordia Nebraska Music: Career Outcomes

Choir Director

Choir directors compose music and lead performances of vocal and instrumental music, depending on your church or school. As a choir director, you would use your church music degree to select music, conduct rehearsals and encourage your choir to be the best they can be. You may also have administrative tasks, such as scheduling performances, maintaining a calendar, recruiting new members and scheduling practice times. Some choir directors also teach music education classes for their organization.

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$21,640 Entry-Level Salary2
$49,630 Mid-Level Salary2
$112,820 Late-Level Salary2

Composer

Composers write and direct original music. They may also lead an ensemble in a recording session or live performance. With a degree in church music, you would be in a perfect position to create new songs for worship, either hymns or contemporary church music or songs that glorify God. The songs you write might be instrumental, vocal or both. Composers of church music often collaborate as well, to create masterpieces of music that last for a long time. 

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$21,640 Entry-Level Salary2
$49,630 Mid-Level Salary2
$112,820 Late-Level Salary2

Choral Director

Choral directors manage choirs, ensembles or glee clubs. As a choral director, you may compose music, lead practices and performances, and perform various other administrative duties. You might work in a school or church or another musical organization.

1% Annual Growth Rate2
$21,560 Entry-Level Salary2
$50,630 Mid-Level Salary2
$114,830 Late-Level Salary2

Musician

Musicians perform for audiences either via instruments or vocals. As a musician, you might perform as part of an ensemble or solo. Musicians also often market themselves or their group through social media or a website, and some write their own music.

Music Teacher

Music teachers give lessons on reading music and performing with voice or instruments. As a music teacher, you might specialize in just one instrument or you might teach a variety of different instruments. You may work in a school or give lessons on an individual basis. Some music teachers also direct school bands, choirs or orchestras.

12% Annual Growth Rate2
$35,120 Entry-Level Salary2
$66,930 Mid-Level Salary2
$134,000 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaMusic: Related Programs

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Church Music

A degree in church music from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to lead and direct music in both traditional and contemporary worship settings. The degree also leads to rostered status in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a director of parish music for individuals who are members of an LCMS congregation.

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Music Education

A degree in music education from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to teach vocal and instrumental music to students K-12 in Lutheran, Christian, private or public schools. Some music teachers instruct students in a certain instrument, while others teach general music classes.

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Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy at Concordia Nebraska is the only program in Nebraska accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Here, you’ll become familiar with the professional work environment and apply your knowledge to clinical music therapy work with individuals, schools, nursing facilities and other agencies serving people of diverse needs.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.