Music Performance

This program is designed for students who aspire to careers as professional singers, pianists, orchestral players, studio teachers, and university professors. The program combines private applied work and classroom instruction to encourage creativity and individuality in a conservatory setting.

Curriculum

The department provides both traditional and high tech approaches to courses and independent studies in:

  • Music theory
  • Ear training
  • Music history
  • Computer applications
  • Orchestration
  • Pedagogy

With a very low student-to-faculty ratio, the Virginia Tech course offerings in music are among the most personalized in the country.

Our program features

Artist-Teachers
The performance faculty provides high-quality traditional applied music instruction in the areas of: wind instruments, strings, piano, voice, and percussion.

Large Ensembles and Chamber Music
Students are presented with coached performance opportunities in orchestra, band, choral, and chamber music settings.

Concerts
Beyond the classroom and applied studio, informal instruction continues in over 100 live concerts presented annually, providing students with first-hand artistic demonstrations of style, performance practice, literature, and stage deportment.

A Student's Thoughts

"My favorite thing about the music program are the close teacher-student relationships. You don't feel like you're just one in a crowd, but somebody unique. The professors really care about your growth and development." - Caroline “Cara” Amodeo, Trumpet Performance

Careers in Music Performance

As graduate school is usually required for most performance careers, it is significant to note that a number of Virginia Tech graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the most prestigious graduate schools in the country, and are engaged in successful careers such as:

  • Professional Singers
  • Pianists
  • Orchestral Players
  • Studio Teachers
  • University Professors

Want to know more?
Tracy Cowden, Faculty Chair of Music, is happy to answer your questions.

Contact Tracy Cowden


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