Freshman

Course Selection

  • In order to gain admission into the music degree programs, you are required to audition in the spring semester before your entry in the fall

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors in the college
  •  Additionally, all music students are required to see a music advisor every semester in Goodwin Hall

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • In addition to the curricular requirement for solo and group performance, there are many opportunities for music majors to perform beyond the classroom.
  • The varied performance opportunities available provide experiences on campus and in the community that build musical confidence and add relevant experience to your resume

Get Involved

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Beginning in the fall of freshman year, all Music and Music Education Majors should take the following four-semester and two-semester sequence classes: Music Theory I, II, III, IV; Music Skills I, II, III, IV; Piano Skills I, II; Functional Piano I, II

Please note that level I and III classes are only offered in the fall and level II and IV classes are only offered in the spring.

Ask for Assistance

  • If that first year of study proved especially challenging, seek help early second year
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • Students who want to teach private lessons should consider joining the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). This organization is open to all instrumental and voice students, but is particularly applicable to pianists.
  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining.

Junior

Course Selection

  • There are a varying number of required semesters of performance attendance and private lessons (on a major instrument or voice), depending on the degree. BA - 4 semesters; BM - 8 semesters; BME - 6 semesters

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
  • Bachelor of Music students often pursue graduate school for many areas, including Conducting, Performance, and Music Therapy. If you plan to attend graduate school begin exploring program options during your junior year.

Gain Experience

  • Music students are encouraged and provided opportunities to teach private or group lessons to young students in the area.

Get Involved

  • Look for leadership opportunities within your organizations to develop practical skills and abilities
  • Being an officer or member of a music organization is a great way to gain knowledge and experience outside of the classroom
  • The NBA, or National Band Association, is a great option for aspiring wind conductors and instrumental musicians.

Senior

Course Selection

  • You should develop appropriate musicianship and performance skills, learn technical aspects of musical construction and knowledge of musical style for your level of experience.

Ask for Assistance

  • Ask the UCC for help in preparing your résumé and cover letter

Gain Experience

  • This is an important year for you to maintain your already accumulated experiences. Continue to stay involved with your already established experiences and finish strong.
  • You will need to be able to rely upon your supervisors/clients for quality references.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
  • Aspiring singers and voice teachers should consider joining the student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS).

General Information

Music is an experience heavy field. A prospective graduate should maximize their time at Auburn by taking advantage of experiential opportunities as much as you are able. The field can be terminal at the bachelor level of education, but some specialties will require graduate education.

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Interests

Holland's Code: AES

  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Social

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENFP
  • ESTJ
  • INFP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Achievement

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Instruction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Music Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021