Music Major

Discover what you can learn and where a music major can take you.

The Department of Music has an outstanding faculty of highly accomplished professional performers, conductors, composers and educators who are active regionally, nationally and internationally.
The department provides students a broad range of academic and performance opportunities within a program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Two- to four-year talent-based music scholarships are open to new students each year. 

music students in concert


  • Advanced performance techniques
  • Music theory, analysis and pedagogy
  • Eartraining and sightsinging
  • Music history
  • Music around the world
  • Music technology
  • Working as a part of a team
  • Expressing creative ideas 

icon Learn

  • Develop high level musical, technical, and artistic fluency in the performance practice of your musical emphasis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical foundGatOions of European and American musical styles, and the development of world musics
  • Develop aural & keyboard skills
  • Improvise and compose music in a variety of styles 


  • Private studio instructor
  • Music educator
  • Instrumental performer
  • Opera performer
  • Recitalist
  • Conductor
  • Music director
  • Recording technician
  • Music therapist
  • Music librarian
  • Arts administrator 

iconCareer Opportunities

  • Modesto Symphony Orchestra
  • Modesto Opera
  • Opera San Jose
  • Chamber music ensembles
  • K-12 music classrooms
  • Private music studios
  • Graduate programs at universities such as Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory and Westminster Choir College
  • University-level teaching at institutions such as Indiana University and University of Southern California

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Music in Music, with emphases in the following areas:
    - Music Education-
    - Instrumental
    - Music Education-Choral
    - Piano Performance
    - Instrumental Performance
    - Vocal Performance
    ​- Jazz Performance
    - Composition
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, with emphases available in:
  • General Music
  • Music Technology
  • A minor in music is available, as is a concentration in music for those majoring in liberal studies. 

Music Student

"I felt like I belonged here and the faculty have guided my passion for music. I have gained the skills I will need to be a successful music educator."

Carlos Miramontes
Music Alumnus