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Music

Hit your highest notes with us.

Whether you wish to compose, sing, play or teach, you’ll find opportunities to hone your craft at Alma. As a music major, you’ll: 

  • Study the principles of musical form and structure, including intervals and chords, advanced harmonic techniques, and approaches to rhythm and meter.
  • Analyze works from key periods in music history from antiquity to the 21st century.
  • Participate in one or more of our ensembles and take private lessons in instrument or voice.

Music majors can specialize in various concentrations, including:

  • Music Business and Arts Administration – Prepare for careers in arts administration, sales, and entrepreneurship through additional business and marketing coursework. A capstone internship will allow you to build a professional network, broadening specific skill sets while also increasing employment opportunities.
  • Music Composition – Explore creative musicianship through lessons and coursework. You will take various courses including composition technique, recording arts, and music technology, preparing you for work as a freelance musician, content creator, or further composition study through graduate programs.
  • Music Performance – Continue intensive study of music performance while benefitting from the small class sizes and personal attention Alma offers. In this concentration you could seek continued performance study through graduate programs after Alma.
  • Music Technology – Pair traditional performance and musicianship training with coursework in digital media and audio technology in partnership with Alma’s New Media Studies program. Careers in this area include Recording Engineer, Content Creator, Producer, and Theater Audio/Technical Director among others.

At A Glance

  • $1,500
    Performance scholarship available by audition to student musicians
  • 14+
    Choirs and instrumental groups

Possible Careers

Band Director
Rachel Nemeth, 2017 | Kigali International Community School
Strings Teacher
Dustin Sprague, 2012 | Austin Independent School District
Music and Art Teacher
Ann Armbuster, 2008 | Allegan Public Schools
Director of Development
Breana Hebert, 2012 | Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
Music Teacher
Maggi Jarvis, 2012 | Cadillac Area Public Schools
Owner and Music Therapist
Cindy Humphreys, 1981 | My Tempo Music Therapy, LLC

Hit your highest notes with us.

Whether you wish to compose, sing, play or teach, you’ll find opportunities to hone your craft at Alma. As a music major, you’ll: 

  • Study the principles of musical form and structure, including intervals and chords, advanced harmonic techniques, and approaches to rhythm and meter.
  • Analyze works from key periods in music history from antiquity to the 21st century.
  • Participate in one or more of our ensembles and take private lessons in instrument or voice.

Music majors can specialize in various concentrations, including:

  • Music Business and Arts Administration – Prepare for careers in arts administration, sales, and entrepreneurship through additional business and marketing coursework. A capstone internship will allow you to build a professional network, broadening specific skill sets while also increasing employment opportunities.
  • Music Composition – Explore creative musicianship through lessons and coursework. You will take various courses including composition technique, recording arts, and music technology, preparing you for work as a freelance musician, content creator, or further composition study through graduate programs.
  • Music Performance – Continue intensive study of music performance while benefitting from the small class sizes and personal attention Alma offers. In this concentration you could seek continued performance study through graduate programs after Alma.
  • Music Technology – Pair traditional performance and musicianship training with coursework in digital media and audio technology in partnership with Alma’s New Media Studies program. Careers in this area include Recording Engineer, Content Creator, Producer, and Theater Audio/Technical Director among others.

Get to Know Music

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty are outstanding musicians and leaders in their disciplines. Learn about your professors.

Remick Heritage Center for Performing Arts

A celebrated live entertainment venue, the Heritage Center showcases a lively program of music, theatre and dance from students, faculty and professional groups.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Let your talent take center stage.
Alma College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. We offer two degree options:

  • A bachelor of music (B.M.) in music education
  • A bachelor of arts (B.A.) with a major in music

In both tracks, you’ll take rigorous classes in music theory, history and practice. You’ll acquire keen analytical and aural skills and develop the ability to identify a breadth of music literature and genres. And regardless of the route you pursue, you’ll benefit from excellent facilities, close mentorship and unmatched opportunities to sing and play.

Music is a significant part of life at Alma. All of our majors are required to take private vocal or instrumental lessons. Plus, our ensembles and choirs regularly perform on campus, and many tour around the U.S. and beyond.

What You Need to Know

Our alumni channel their passion for music into a wide range of pathways. Graduates of our music education program have gone on to teach in schools across Michigan and worldwide. Some choose to complete graduate-level study and pursue roles as faculty or administrators in higher education.

Many students from our music major now play or sing professionally, performing in venues ranging from concert halls to cruise lines. Others have built successful careers in composition, conducting, music ministry, music therapy and sound design.

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Music Chair

David Zerbe
(989) 463-7221
zerbe@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu