From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, I delve deeply into the nature of human experience.
So you want to make music? Clarke University’s contemporary music degree curriculum is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a broad range of musical interests within the context of a liberal arts education. Within the music degree, intensive one-on-one contact offers you the opportunity to work closely with faculty, guest artists, and peers – a hallmark of Clarke’s music program. Our music faculty members in the bachelor of music each specialize in key areas of the music discipline: instrumental and vocal performance, composition, and music education. Additionally, Clarke offers music scholarships for both majors and non-majors.
Clarke University music emphases:
- Music Education
Learning in Action
Below is a small sampling of the types of classes you may take as a Clarke music major:
- Courses in performance, conducting, and composition to enhance your communication and critical thinking.
- Music theory and history curriculum that challenges you to use musical ideas to interpret data and solve problems.
- Ensembles and applied lessons that focus on creativity and emotional intelligence, which align with a wide variety of career aspirations.
Combine your love of two skills: music and teaching. Our Bachelor of Arts in Music Education prepares you for a career as a music teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels. You will hone your skills in contemporary music methodology and receive professional music training not only on campus but also through frequent partnerships with area K-12 schools and teachers. The music degree program prepares students to be strong musicians and leaders.
Time to Shine
Clarke boasts a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles, some of whom have performed throughout the United States, Austria, Prague, Japan, Korea, the UK, Brazil, and Russia. Our ensembles include choral, instrumental, jazz, woodwinds, brass, and new music. Learn more about our ensembles.
Within the music degree, you’ll learn to perform, analyze, and compose music of various styles and cultures at a high level of technical and artistic skill. In addition, you will synthesize information from various musical eras and cultures to create expressive and stylistically informed musical performances, and conduct research and integrate ideas in a musically literate style. Music degree musicians implement technology in support of teaching, creating, recording, and performing music. Music majors participate in ensembles each semester, perform as solo artists both for their peers and in public, and attend concerts regularly.
For a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, leading to K-12 music teacher certification in education, you’ll complete 41 hours of music courses, 19 hours of music education courses, and 29 hours of education courses. You’ll learn to perform, analyze, and compose music of various styles and cultures at a high level of technical and artistic skill, implementing technology in support of teaching, creating, recording, and performing music.
APPLIED LESSONS – Developing artistry in performance through weekly one-on-one instruction.
CONDUCTING — Building connections among a variety of musical styles, your body, and performance experiences.
COMPOSITION — Composing music in classical, pop, and electronic styles.
Double the Learning
Double majoring is becoming more and more common for college music students who want to expand their educational experience. Languages, mathematics, sciences, communication, psychology, business, and the visual arts are all rewarding and common fields for music majors to pursue.
Clarke music alumni continue to make an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Our alumni work as:
- Teachers in area elementary, middle, and high schools
- Composers for major motion pictures and video games scores
- Performers in NYC, both in opera companies and Broadway
- Artist Managers in New York City
- Touring musicians
Admission to Clarke University
All prospective music and music education majors are required to audition either in person or remotely prior to registration. We are thrilled to offer Fine Arts Scholarships for excellence in performance or composition in conjunction with these required auditions. Applications are considered on individually, and award amounts are determined by audition on a rolling basis
Let’s talk careers
A music degree can open many doors in the workforce. Beyond positions performing, composing, and teaching music – the music degree program prepares students to be innovative and collaborative members of a team. Within the music profession are many career opportunities:
- Arts Manager
- Music Teacher
- National/International Performer
- Retail Music Manager/Owner
- Commercial Vocalist
- Film Composer
- Instrumental Musician
- Music Promoter
- Music Editor
- Music Therapist
- Music Librarian
- Music Software Programmer
- Music Copyist
- Music Critic
- Musical Booking Agent
- Music Store Manager
- Music Publisher
- Recording Technician
- Symphony Manager
- Voice Coach
Program in Pictures
I strive to nurture each musician holistically through musical excellence and human compassion. My goal is to create a space where people feel comfortable taking risks as they develop their own artistry, and engage with music.
Education is to provide the knowledge of a discipline to create productive members of society. It is the continuous strive for excellence that allows students to think critically and function effectively as future citizens.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I am studying music performance and composition, and I just released my first album! Clarke has afforded me the opportunity to grow musically and professionally with the guidance of wonderful mentors.
I am in Los Angeles and recently worked on the musical scores for both ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.’ I am so thankful to Clarke for making my career possible.
At Clarke, I founded the on-campus improv troupe. I am now earning my master’s degree at Bowling Green State University. Clarke was the perfect place for me to discover myself.
The Clarke University Music Department is the only Catholic school in Iowa accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Music students work one-on-one with faculty in intense performance situations with individual performance and design instruction.
Each year, music and music education majors participate in a collaborative theatrical experience such as an opera or musical theatre performance.