Music | Major & Minor

The study of music encompasses all aspects of instrumental, theoretical, historical, and compositional musical techniques.

About the Music Major

Music occupies a unique and prominent position in many cultures around the world. Students in Southern Virginia University’s music program experience a dynamic and varied music concert and performance schedule with numerous concerts each year, including student recitals and ensembles, and are prepared to meet the ever-changing styles of music and shifting of the music industry.

With individualized teaching from professors, students experience a broad range of courses and instruction, including music theory and history, composition, vocal, piano, strings, harp, guitar, woodwinds, and percussion. With an emphasis in foundational music proficiency, students will master sight reading, technique, music history, and literature components for a broad exposure to different music styles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hear, identify, analyze, and work with the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, texture, and dynamics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a wide selection of musical literature, representative composers, works, principal style periods, genres, and cultural and political movements.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency on a chosen instrument.
  • Knowledge of literature on chosen instrument, becoming acquainted with a cross-section of music from the repertory of the particular performance medium.
  • Develop ensemble techniques—correct breathing, blend, balance, tone production, and intonation—on a chosen instrument.

Getting Started in the Music Major

  1. Enroll

    Begin by taking Music in Civilization (MUS 215) in your first year

  2. Contact Your Advisor

    Get in touch with Professor Megan Mason to discuss your interests and goals

  3. Declare

    Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office


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“Music is always changing and evolving, so we provide our students with a strong understanding of foundational music principles, music history and literature, and exposure to many different kinds of music styles so they can not only find their own personal style, but also grow and thrive with the music trends.”

– Professor Megan Mason