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.
All music majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.
Piano proficiency for all majors: 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.
Major Ensemble: All music majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.
Recital: A half senior recital is required of music education majors, 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.
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.
A non-teaching Music Minor requires 26 credit hours.
How to ApplyYou can Apply to USD Online or with a printable application. Be sure to review and Apply to One or More Music Scholarships.
What can I do with a degree in music?
USD's music education students have a nearly 100% job placement rate following graduation. Our graduates are using their knowledge and talent in a number of exciting fields:
- Military bands
- University teaching
- Opera company
- School districts- vocal, instrumental and general music teaching
- Private instruction
- Solo, group and orchestral performance
- Musical theatre
- Visiting artist programs
- Music composition
- Graduate students at major doctoral universities