Music

The music major trains students to develop important skills that translate into many different disciplines and job requirements. 

Mount Mercy’s music degree provides a comprehensive music background that ensures students will be grounded in all areas of music including applied music, music history, music theory, ensemble music and music appreciation. 

Mount Mercy University’s music major is designed for students who are interested in performing professionally, pursuing a music-related career or who plan to continue their studies in graduate school. Through music study, students gain the valuable communication tools of listening and interpreting others, and the skill of working with others. Through the practice and study of music, students benefit from developing important time management and performance skills that apply to virtually all job requirements, either in the field of music, or any other field. 

The best music degree program allows students to take their education into the own hands. Mount Mercy’s experienced professors work with a student to design a program which suites the student’s needs. Specialized areas of music studies include applied vocal or instrumental, composition, and liturgical music.

Working toward earning a degree in music provides opportunities throughout eastern Iowa for individual and group performances in the Mount Mercy Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Connection, Singing Men of Mercy, University Band and Handbell ensemble.

Music scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Music scholarships are open to majors and non-majors demonstrating an interest and talent in music, for up to $3,000 and may be renewed each year for up to $12,000 over four years.