Job Placement for Music Education & Music Therapy Graduates
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An Outstanding Education
When you pursue a music degree at Utah State University, you will find yourself immersed in a community of individuals committed to excellence, opportunity, and your future. Come be a part of our impressive achievements and exciting projects going on right now in our department. You become part of our legacy when you join the Music Department at Utah State University.
USU is proud to have a 100% job placement rate for Music Education and Music Therapy program graduates who sought positions in their field. Our Music Therapy majors are placed in prestigious internships across the country and have a nearly 100% pass-rate for the Praxis exam. The national average pass-rate is under 50%.
Graduates of the Department of Music have populated the workforce in the state and region for decades. Annually, band, choral, guitar, and string graduates are hired at schools from the local area to across the United States as professional teachers of music.
Students in the Utah State University Music Department have exceptional opportunities to develop their skills as musicians. Students participate in clinics with guest artists and composers, traveling to foreign countries, and playing music from all areas of the world. Student groups have traveled to countless places within the states, as well as, France and Italy. The opportunities are endless.
In 2019 members of the Utah State University Jazz Orchestra traveled to France to participate in the Jazz à Vienne event at the Cybèle Stages.
The USU Opera Theatre offers students the opportunity to participate in fully-staged operas and musicals every year, providing memorable educational experiences that change lives. Learn the art of telling a story on stage and acquire necessary skills for a career as a performer or teacher. Collaborative projects with the USU Symphony Orchestra and USU Theatre Department enrich music students' experiences, such as our recent collaborative production of A Mid-summer Night's Dream featuring Shakespeare's text and Mendelssohn's music.
Student ensembles garner high praise for outstanding performance. The USU Chamber Singers recently performed at the American Choral Directors Association conference and the USU Wind Orchestra has performed at the Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association conference three times in ten years. The USU Jazz Orchestra earned Downbeat Magazines’s best student ensemble award for its compact disk, Europa.
Our faculty have established notable careers in performance and education, such as former Dean of Caine College of the Arts Dr. Craig Jessop (former Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants). For students in our string program, USU offers the opportunity to study with Utah's only professional resident string quartet -- the Fry Street Quartet.
USU provides students with access to a number of state-of-the-art performance venues and rehearsal and classroom facilities. From the intimate to the grandiose, students have prioritized access to perform in the college's many beautiful performance spaces.