Academic Programs

Music majors

Applied music

You’ll receive continuous instrumental or vocal training while acquiring a thorough grounding in theory and history. Applied music majors focus on a specific instrument, voice, keyboards, or composition. Thanks to Transylvania's liberal arts curriculum, applied music majors also experience a wide range of disciplines outside music. Find out more...

Music technology

Combine music study with computer science in this exciting major. Students explore the latest in digital sequencing and audio recording technology and gain hands-on experience with the latest music production software and hardware in Transylvania's Digital Arts Technology Lab. You will also participate in instrumental or choral ensembles, take composition lessons, and study music theory and history. Find out more...

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Music education

Do you want to help young people attain their potential in music? Transylvania music education graduates can be found changing the lives of young people across Kentucky and the United States. Read one graduate's story. Study music theory, music history, a primary instrument, and receive significant preparation for a career in teaching in elementary, middle, and high schools. Find out more...

Music minor

The music minor is one of the most popular on campus. Like other minors, the music minor may be compatible with any major emphasis. Students from all Transylvania disciplines pursue the music minor as a rewarding way to heighten performance and analytical skills, participate in musical activities, and continue their previous experiences with ensembles and music lessons. Find out more...

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Program Overview

The Transylvania music program offers thorough training for music majors and minors as part of a great liberal arts education. Whether you choose applied music, music technology, or music education, you’ll receive extensive voice or instrument training enhanced by a comprehensive grounding in theory, history, and ensemble performance.

Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology. It’s no surprise, then, that Transylvania music majors fare extremely well in graduate programs and in the job market.

Scholarships for music students

If you plan to actively participate in our music program regardless of major, you can audition for a four-year music scholarship. Sound good to you? Find out more and schedule an audition.

Compare the difference

  • Transylvania’s unique four-week May term provides an ideal time for choir and concert band tours as well as travel courses to Austria, New York City, and other destinations. The best part — you’ll receive course credit.
  • Transylvania gives private lessons in voice and all standard band and orchestra instruments to all students, regardless of major.
  • As part of Transylvania’s liberal arts curriculum, your courses will connect music to other categories of human knowledge. You can take classes in the music of other cultures or the history of jazz and rock. Find out more about course options.
  • Transylvania offers students many opportunities to showcase their talents — from solo recitals to performances with the concert band, jazz and percussion ensembles, chamber orchestra, and choirs. You don’t have to be a music major to join an ensemble, either. Find out more about performances.

Possible career options:

  • Arts administrator
  • Performer
  • Recording engineer
  • Teacher
  • Producer/audio technical

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