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.

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 12:1, 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

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No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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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.

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iPad  + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

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. The result? Every student receives at least $12,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

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

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Faculty

DillonBeede
Dillon Beede
Visiting 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

Success in Music

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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…
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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…