Music

If you’re enchanted by and love music, Mount Mercy University’s music program builds the skills and confidence to succeed in whatever role you choose.

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Interested in performing professionally, pursuing a music-related career or planning to continue studies in graduate school? As a music major you’ll choose either a performance or music history concentration. In collaboration with the education department, you can also study music education.

Experienced professors work with you to design a program which suits your needs. Beyond gaining a comprehensive music background, specialized courses allow you to explore applied vocals or instrumental composition and liturgical music. In addition, through your practices and studies, you’ll develop important time management and performance skills, gain valuable collaborative skills, and strengthen your communications abilities for listening and interpreting others — applicable to all job requirements.

On the Hill, it’s easier to reach for the stars. Whether you sing or play an instrument, there's something here for everyone. At Mount Mercy, your studies are enriched by fulfilling experiences and lasting memories with others who share your heart for music. Mount Mercy offers more than 30 clubs and organizations and countless activities to get involved with, as well as an abundance of musical outlets:

  • Band Club, Clubs & Orgs and Student Life connect you to campus and the community.
  • The Mount Mercy University Band plays at certain athletic events and makes special performances.
  • Campus music choices include the Handbell Ensemble, University Choir, Show Choir, Madrigal Singers, Singing Men of Mercy and Jazz Connection.
  • Academy Events host opportunities at a variety festivals, workshops and continuing education programs.
  • Private lessons for vocal, piano, and instruments are open to students from all majors. Stello Performance Hall is home to a Steinway grand piano and has wonderful acoustics for signing practice.

Music Scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with my music degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in music leads to a variety of careers. Graduates in music have also embarked on careers in arts management, in non-profit organizations and as entrepreneurs. Some popular career choices include:

  • Accompanist
  • Arranger
  • Audio producer/production
  • Band director
  • Clinician
  • Choral director
  • Composer
  • Dancer
  • Educator
  • Instrumental instructor
  • Lyricist
  • Music store owner, manager or salesperson
  • Music therapist
  • Performer
  • Recording artist
  • Sound design
  • Talent scout or agent
  • Vocal coaching