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Major & Minor

Is music your passion?  You’ve spent years in lessons, rehearsals, concerts, and contests, so don’t leave it behind—we can help you take your music to the next level.  A music major prepares you for many occupations and interests in music, including teaching and performing, and can be successfully combined with other majors, programs, and study abroad experiences.   


At Austin College, we want you to be a part of our ensembles, regardless of your intended major. Every quality ensemble, from our fantastic choirs to exciting bands to amazing orchestras, is open to every AC student who can pass an audition. 


JOIN THE BAND! Studies show that participating in a MUSIC ensemble helps new students develop a sense of belonging more quickly, while college musicians have higher GPAs and more academic success. 

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Choir & Voice

Choral music at Austin College offers something for every kind of singer. The Austin College A Cappella Choir sings on- and off-campus, including regional and national tours, and is made up of students from every major across campus.

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AC has great opportunities for string players, whether you major in music or not. Our orchestras include members from every other AC major and are open by audition to all students.    

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Piano & Organ

Piano and Organ study at Austin College is meant to provide keyboard players with great instruction on their instrument and also to provide opportunities for collaborative performance.

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Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Being a great musician

isn’t all about your musical talents! Your four-year academic experience will strengthen and refine your skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. With a degree in music, upon graduation you will be prepared to: 

  • perform as a soloist and in collaboration with other students and faculty; 
  • clearly communicate music theory in oral, written, and electronic formats; 
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis of music; and 
  • express musical concepts and styles in an historically appropriate context. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Program Highlights

ACSC Music Recital in Craig Hall

Music at Austin College will encourage you to sing and play your very best regardless of your major or minor. We want you to continue to be involved with music in college, and we have music scholarships to help make that possible.

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Solo Recital

Performance in your final year of study for music is designed to be a capstone experience, incorporating the knowledge gained from your music theory, music history, and applied study courses. 

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Meet our Faculty

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Popular Courses

  • World Music 
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll: History, Culture, and Aesthetics 
  • Music History from 1700 through 1900 
  • Aspects of 20th-Century Music 
  • Operatic Literature 
  • Music in the Elementary Schools 
  • Instrumental Conducting 
  • Music and Politics in Scores and Reading