Music Studies

Regardless of your musical interests - traditional, jazz, classical, contemporary, experimental - Music at USD gives you excellent preparation in both performance and scholarship.

Our graduates go on to teach, conduct, compose, perform and shape music education through curriculum development. You'll find them behind the baton on the marching field or behind the microphone at center stage.

Majors

Music Performance

All music performance majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.

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Music Education

All music majors must: 

  • Pass a piano proficiency exam either through instruction in two years of class piano or through private piano lessons and a separate exam each semester. 
  • Be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester. 
  • Perform a half senior recital with the option of doing a full senior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student's major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

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Musical Arts

Students in the Bachelor of Musical Arts degree program must choose a minor. Students must choose a multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary minor of 18 credit hours.

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