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Music Schools & Colleges in Arizona
The Music Department maintains a program unique compared to other schools by integrating traditional and contemporary musical training within an intentionally Christian educational environment. Core musicianship training is the same for all majors and includes theory, history, performance practice, and conducting. Studies specific to Christian music include traditional sacred and contemporary worship genres and musical theater opportunities. Each student focuses on a major instrument or voice through private applied lessons, supervised ensemble work, concert attendance and various venue public performances. Students complete piano proficiency requirements and present a half-hour junior recital, and a full hour senior recital. Faculty members serve each student personally in this musicianship process, matching temperament and abilities to student goals and aspirations. Along with this musicianship core, each student then acquires knowledge, skills, and experience specific to each major.
The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is one of the top music schools in the nation. Internationally recognized faculty, varied and technologically driven curricula and five outstanding performance facilities all contribute to its stature. The quality and comprehensiveness of our program is demonstrated by our many graduates who are successful performers, composers, music therapists, conductors and teachers regionally, nationally and internationally. Combine these key attributes with the surrounding Southwestern scenery and the culturally stimulating lifestyle of one of the nation’s largest cities, and you’ll discover there truly is no better place to study music.
The Conservatory was founded on the philosophy that the unique nature of the recording industry requires a combination of technical skill, knowledge, and creativity. Teaching methods emphasize this through hands-on experiences with modern equipment. The Conservatory provides training, disseminates information and encourages positive work attitudes and emphasizes career education, enabling dedicated students to achieve success.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in piano or vocal performance or becoming a music teacher? Grand Canyon University’s College of Fine Arts offers three Bachelor of Arts in Music programs: one with an emphasis in voice, one with an emphasis in piano, and a music degree program that leads to teacher certification. Grand Canyon University’s history of providing highly-regarded music degree programs goes back to 1949 when GCU was first founded. In fact, for a long stretch of time, GCU was known as a singing school. Two graduates from GCU’s music program have won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions competition in New York City.
There are many ways to become part of the School of Music community—become a music major or minor; audition to participate in one of our instrumental or vocal ensembles; take private or group lessons through the Community Music and Dance Academy; or simply enjoy one of our many student, faculty, or guest artist performances. Musician’s recipe for success:
- Start with internationally recognized faculty who excel as teachers, performers, and scholars.
- Add an assortment of outstanding ensemble and solo performance opportunities.
- Blend in a healthy dose of individual attention and resources.
- Let your creativity, artistry, skills, and intellectual curiosity season for a period of time.
And, voilà! You emerge fully prepared for a rewarding career and lifetime involvement in the wondrous world of music.
The University of Arizona has offered instruction in music since the late 1800’s. Today, its School of Music ranks among the country’s foremost institutions of higher education in music. A nationally and internationally recognized faculty of artists and scholars provides instruction, inspiration, and guidance to the School’s approximately 500 music majors. School of Music graduates hold significant teaching, performing, and administrative positions throughout the country and abroad. In the years ahead, The University of Arizona School of Music will continue to play an important role in the training of performing artists, teachers, and scholars. The School offers a wide variety of degree programs and musical experiences and presents over 300 concerts and recitals each year. Performing ensembles tour both within and outside the state. Internationally known artists, scholars, and clinicians are brought to the campus for concerts, workshops, lectures, clinics, and master classes.