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The music major offers small class sizes, free private instruction, flexibility to pursue double majors, and access to innovative technologies and workspaces. Individual instruction and opportunities for hands-on experience develop the musician, educator and artist in each student. The major offers options in composition, education, performance, technology, and creative technologies. Study with faculty and students from across the country and around the world. Whether on stage in Blacksburg or at Carnegie Hall, performing at local schools or touring the world, our student musicians are exposed to a range of experiences that transform the lives of both performer and audience.

Major Options

  • Music General - Liberal Arts
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Creative Technologies in Music

Career Options

  • Performing artist (solo, opera, orchestra, choral, chamber) 
  • K-12 school music educator 
  • Independent studio teacher 
  • University professor 
  • Recording engineer 
  • Composer for film, commercial, gaming 
  • Arts administrator 
  • Conductor 
  • Music therapist 
  • Sound designer 
  • Human-computer interaction specialist 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Music Journalist

Interesting Fact: Students, faculty, and guest artists present over 100 concerts per year!