Why earn a bachelor's degree in music?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

The B.A. in music combines a deep dive into music theory, history and performance with a rich experience in the liberal arts. Along with your music courses, you'll expand your horizons with electives in another discipline, such as history, art, mathematics, German or French.

Our Hughes Fine Arts Center boasts all the facilities you need for an exceptional musical experience, including:

  • Private practice rooms
  • Specially designed rehearsal halls
  • Keyboard labs
  • A 200-seat recital hall
  • A music library

All music majors are invited to participate in ensembles ranging from chamber ensembles to choir to orchestra and band. Our ensembles have performed recently in China, Japan and Brazil, and at the prestigious Western International Band Clinic.

Music at UND

Music Careers


Median annual salary for music directors and composers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Music Directors and Composers


Median annual salary for musicians and singers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Musicians and Singers

Music majors go on to work in a wide variety of settings. Some use their liberal arts skills (like critical thinking, communication and problem solving) to thrive in professions as diverse as business, advertising and private teaching.

Others pursue careers in the music industry, including:

  • Instrumental, vocal or church music
  • Composing
  • Conducting
  • Arts administration
  • Music business or technology

When You Major in Music

A Music degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Solo and Ensemble Performance
  • Music Composition and Theory
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creative and Critical Thinking

UND Music Major Alumni

Music alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • American Youth Symphony, Inc.
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Dunes Summer Theatre

Music Courses You Could Take

Learn and Lead at UND

Christiena Taralson instantly felt at home in the music program at UND.

Read Christiena's Story