You’ll find Hastings College Music alumni directing community programs at the Mannes School of Music, freelancing as musicians in New York City, coordinating sister city programs in Japan, teaching in dozens of schools and directing music at churches across the country. Where will you go?
Build skills, perform, thrive
Hastings College Music professors are strong teachers and performers who’ll push you to build your skills. Through private and group instruction in your applied and secondary performance areas, your talents will develop and shine.
Participate in state, regional and national competitions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Conference and the Hastings Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
As a Music major, you’ll have many opportunities to perform at Hastings College through many student ensembles, from the Jazz Ensemble to the Hastings College Choir to the Bronco Marching Band.
Fully accredited and All-Steinway
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Hastings College is associated with the Music-in-Education National Consortium at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Our designation as Nebraska’s only All-Steinway School and our new string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrument inventory demonstrate a long-term investment in the arts — a tradition dating back to Hastings College’s earliest days.
We offer music scholarships to students who participate in Music activities, like choir or band. Additional scholarship funds may also be available for students who audition and participate!
If you’re looking to major or minor in Music, you’ll need to complete an audition because our Music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
You can audition during a campus visit or an arranged time — just let your admissions counselor know. We also hold Audition Days, and if you audition for our Honor Band and Choir, that can be used for your scholarship audition, too! Here’s some audition information for you.
Create your future
See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.
Go further with a Hastings education
Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!
Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!
Get a music degree – and your dream job
At Hastings College you can earn a Bachelor of Music, and minor in Music, Musical Theatre, Music Education and Music Performance. The Music Performance minor let’s you focus your talents and interests in a wide variety of areas, including vocal, instrumental, piano pedagogy, music composition and more.
With a 100% acceptance rate for students moving into graduate programs and a 100% placement rate for Music Education graduates entering the teaching profession, you’ll appreciate our strong networks for mentoring and career development!
All the extras aren't extra
Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get an additional “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to pay for school, but also find “your people.”
Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.
iPad + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes to pictures of lab setups, you’ll discover creative ways to use this technology!
Get involved beyond the music classroom
- Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
- National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
- Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA)
In addition to Alpha Chi and various musical organizations, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings College a great campus for student life.
Scholarships for music majors
We offer Music scholarships for students who participate in music activities at Hastings College — like band or choir. Additional scholarship funds may be available if you audition. Let us know if you’re interested in a Music scholarship from Hastings.
In addition, your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA.
First employers for recent graduates
- Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
- Chicago Public Schools
- Dominican Republic Service Experience
- Hastings Public Schools
- Premier Performing Arts Studio
- Hastings Catholic Schools