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Music

Passionate about music?

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.

It’s Notable!

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.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

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 get your dream job

At Hastings College you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Bachelor of Music in Education, a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, allowing you to focus your musical talents and interests! Education endorsements include vocal, instrumental and general (vocal and instrumental).

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 »
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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. To compete for a Hastings College Music scholarship, learn more.

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

Notables: Success in Music

Karli Cabrera ’18, Anthony Cloyd ’18 and Jordan Johnson ’18 combined their musical talents to form a small ensemble at Hastings College. Each Sunday of their senior year, they created, recorded and posted a mashup of songs to social media. Their “... more
Mario Powell '13 has used his broad experience at Hastings College and commitment to consistency to build success as Director of Music at his church in Colorado springs. more
Jordan Johnson, a senior music major with a biology minor, spent her summer developing organizational, promotional and social media skills while being exposed to the music industry. As an intern for Hear Nebraska in Grand Island, Johnson worked for... more
Nathan Mertens’ saxophone career has a distinctly international flair. Now, he is headed to Tokyo as the recipient of a prestigious Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarship. more
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 know, an opportunity to combine music and serving... more