Music Fundamentals

Whether your interests lie in performance, music education, technology or other areas, music can be a rewarding career choice.

  • Comprehensive music curriculum combines:
    • traditional classroom instruction
    • individualized instruction
    • practical experiences

Our Faculty

  • are highly accomplished in their areas of specialization
  • have careers as principal players in professional orchestras
  • are composers and theorists

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Experience

The School of Music offers an array of hands-on learning experiences:

  • music studios
  • computer lab
  • electronic music studio
  • practice modules
  • 250-seat Guzzetta Recital Hall
  • 3,000-seat E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall

Real-world Experience

Music majors are encouraged and required to hone performance skills by participating in a wide variety of performing ensembles. Opportunities on campus include:

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • University Orchestras
  • Steel Drum Band
  • UA Marching Band
  • Akron New Music Ensemble
  • jazz ensembles and combos
  • brass, woodwind and guitar ensembles
  • string trios and quartets
  • percussion ensembles

Music Student Organizations

Interact with other music students and professionals through organizations such as: 

  • Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association
  • Northeastern Ohio Clarinet Association
  • Northeastern Ohio Flute Association
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • International Trumpet Guild

Sample Curriculum

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For More Information:

School of Music

Contact: Dr. Kevin Lewis

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in music offers a variety of career options, such as:

  • instrumentalists
  • singers
  • music directors
  • composers and arrangers
  • production
  • business
  • communications
  • law
  • music education

Career Outlook

Opportunities are expected to continue to grow in the music field, particular for individuals who are adept at diverse styles.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.