Are you an instrumentalist, vocalist, or composer who wants to develop your talent and passion into a successful career in music? The Music major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the education and experience you need to pursue a graduate degree in music or begin an exciting career in a variety of music-related fields. We offer concentrations in Music Education, Performance, and Composition for students who want to hone their talents (in voice, brass, percussion, piano, strings, woodwinds, or theory and composition) and dedicate their lives to a chosen medium of expression.
As a Music major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special which is why our department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty with advanced degrees from the most prestigious music institutions in the world and extensive experience in their fields on an international scale. UCA has the most specialized faculty in the region, with experts in every facet of musical learning, such as musicology and theory, who strive to create a student-centered program through individual mentoring, private lessons, and rigorous expectations for daily practice and performance.
- Student Organizations including the College Music Society, Horn Club, Percussion Club, North American Saxophone Alliance, Tuba Euphonium Krewe, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Men’s Music Fraternity), Tau Beta Sigma (Honors Band Sorority), Kappa Kappa Psi (Honors Band Fraternity), and Sigma Alpha Iota Symphony (Women’s Fraternity), which encourage artistic collaboration and community service among their members, provide professional development outlets and resources for employment opportunities, and sponsor local music projects.
- Performance Opportunities on campus through our music ensembles, including Band, Choir, Orchestra, Opera Theater, and Jazz Ensemble, just to name a few. We encourage our students to compete at the regional, national, and even international level of various music competitions, and have recently taken students abroad to perform and attend concerts and other musical events in places like China, Italy, France, and Austria.
- Professional Exposure through participation in area programs, such as the Conway Symphony, comprised of UCA students and area professional musicians, who work together to develop their talents and perform for the local community. Students also have access to stellar performances and artists from around the world through our Reynolds Performance Hall, which attracts national and international entertainers to campus, as well as the Artists in Residence program, which brings professional artists to UCA for performances and workshops.
- Employment Possibilities are available in a variety of musical careers, as singers, music teachers, instrumental performers, accompanists, band and orchestra leaders, music historians, choir directors, and composers.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Music major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/music/.