Undergraduate Degrees

Music Education

Through our Music Education program, students become highly qualified, well-rounded music educators ready for teaching positions in public and private schools. Heidelberg students are prepared to teach instrumental, vocal and classroom music from ages 3-21.

Students choose an instrumental, strings, keyboard or vocal emphasis, but receive training in all music teaching areas, allowing for versatility in the classroom and maximizing potential for employment.

The program meets all State of Ohio teaching licensure standards and has an outstanding placement record. Students receive extensive field experience in schools, as well as continual mentoring from doctoral-prepared music faculty. Additional paid teaching opportunities are available in the Heidelberg Community Music School.

Music Industry

Gain an in-depth study of instrumental, keyboard or vocal music while developing a strong background in business. Graduates of this program may own or manage music-related firms, become artist representatives, work in music merchandising, and serve as arts administrators and arts advocates. Such professional pursuits may lead graduates to careers with recording companies, local music stores, large music corporations, opera companies, museums and state art commissions.

Students in the program benefit from an intensive study of music while completing substantial coursework in business. To complement in-class instruction, the senior-year internship requirement allows students to gain real-world experience with such organizations as Tiffin's Ritz Theatre, the Toledo Symphony, area radio stations and other music businesses and art organizations.

Performance

Students with a significant music background and advanced performance skills can pursue a career as a professional music performer. The program offers training in the instrumental, keyboard (piano/organ) and vocal areas, including performance experience and specialized courses in studio management and pedagogy. Internships and teaching opportunities are also available.

Graduates of this program often pursue graduate study in music. In addition to careers as solo artists, ensemble musicians, and operatic performers, they often go on to teach at the university level and/or maintain a private studio.

Theory/Composition

Get prepared for an active career as a creative artist, writing music for classical and commercial performing media. The program combines training in acoustic and electronic compositional techniques with the study of music theory and provides students with regular opportunities to refine compositions in ensemble rehearsals and showcase finished pieces in recitals.

Composition students at Heidelberg have access to two labs with computer and electronic music equipment and benefit from the expertise of faculty members who are accomplished composers. Students also network with award-winning composers and performers at the annual New Music Festival held on campus.

Program graduates have sought further study and enjoyed successful careers as university-level music theory and composition instructors. For many composers, teaching allows for financial security coupled with the freedom to pursue commissions and other compositional projects.

Students singingB.A or B.S Options (Double Major with Music)

Many students want to continue with music, but don’t necessarily want to head into a music career. The liberal arts music degree allows students the option to double major in music with another interest.

Students can combine the study of instrumental, keyboard or vocal music with a variety of other disciplines, such as theatre, media and psychology. Other good combinations for double majors include music and sciences, music and business, and music and any Humanities discipline (History, English, languages, Religion, Philosophy).

Majoring in music helps students to develop the critical thinking and organizational skills that employers value. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers in a number of fields in addition to music, including law and medicine, and have been accepted into graduate programs.