Music (B.A.)

Women’s College

Music (Major)

Music (Minor)

The BA in Music is an exciting and comprehensive program that provides extensive instruction in technical music skills and interpretive and creative approaches to music within the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum. Musical skills are developed through studio instruction, ensemble participation, solo performance, study of supporting music courses, and a final capstone experience. The Music Program’s central goals for students include developing competence and leadership in the major area of study and preparing students for a variety of careers in the field of music and for entry into graduate programs.

What You Can Do With a Degree in Music

Music majors develop skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers. Many employers specifically seek music majors because of the interpersonal and detail-oriented skills they develop. These skills include:

  • Verbal communication
  • Ability to work individually
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Listening, questioning, clarifying, and responding
  • Creative problem solving
  • Collaboration and compromising
  • Patience and persistence
  • Project management


Employment opportunities for this major include but are not limited to:

  • Arts and Entertainment – Music performance
  • Education – Admissions, advising, student affairs, studio or private school teacher
  • Business – Marketing, human resources, sales, arts production manager, publisher, editor
  • Church Music – Accompanist, music director, adult or children’s choir director
  • Continuing Education – Entry into graduate programs, including music, law, medicine, or other fields

What You Will Experience through the Music Program at Columbia College

  • Ensemble study and performance that creates a fun sense of community with others who share your musical passion
  • Music Theory – The written language of music
  • Aural Skills – The aural or “heard” language of music
  • Music History – Where we came from and how we got here
  • Private studio instruction and performance opportunities
  • A deeper understanding of all aspects of music and how they relate to what you enjoy
  • The opportunity to take fun and exciting music elective courses