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 Concertos Competitions.

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.

Go further with a Hastings education

Our professors work with you to develop a plan that helps you articulate your interests and plot your educational trajectory. Our four-year guarantee is here to back it up.

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.

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!

HC music alumnus breaks new ground in Japan »
Music grad explores life out of comfort zone »

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.

Find scholarships for music majors

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 and test scores. Plus, you can earn talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. Interested specifically in a Music scholarship? Let us know.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
  • Grace United Methodist
  • Dominican Republic Service Experience
  • Hastings Public Schools
  • Premier Performing Arts Studio


Dillon Beede
Dillon Beede
Instructor of Voice and Choral Music; Fine Arts Recruiter
Louie Eckhardt
Dr. Louie Eckhardt
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands; Music Education, Brass, Music History and Chair of the Department
Byron Jensen
Dr. Byron Jensen
Professor of Music Education, Music History & Literature, Conducting; Director of HC Handbells and Hastings Symphony Orchestra
Phil Parker
Phil Parker
Instructor of Music Education, Percussion and Drumline
All articles loaded
No more articles to load

Success in Music

Students on a street in Paris

Video: Students talk about their study abroad experience

Hastings College students McKinzi Johnson, a biochemistry and music education major from Colorado Springs, Colorado; Michaela Bailey, an elementary education major from Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and Vinny Schmidt, a biology major from…

HC music alumnus breaks new ground in Japan

Nathan Mertens’ saxophone career has a distinctly international flair. Since graduating from Hastings College in 2012, he studied at the l’université Européenne de Saxophone in France during the summer of 2015 and…

Music grad explores life out of comfort zone

As her graduation from Hastings College neared, Hannah Jensen ‘15 wasn’t sure exactly how she would apply her double major in piano performance and music education outside of college. Little did she…

Koozer creates tradition of music, caring

Mike Tushaus ’98 was eight years old the first time he met Dr. Robin Koozer ’76. The Hastings, Nebraska, youngster was taking part in a week-long summer enrichment program for the arts,…