Music | Hastings College


Passionate about music?

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!

Many non-music majors join in via our bands and choirs, and music majors and non-majors who participate in music are eligible for Music scholarships.

Music Scholarships

Interested in a music scholarship? All students, regardless of major/minor are eligible for a Music scholarship. Non-majors earn the scholarship by actively participating in music activities such as the band or choir. 

Let us know you're interested by completing this form.

While we accept scholarship applications year round, for best consideration, we recommend you:

  • Complete your admissions application by February 15, and
  • Meet talent scholarship requirements, such as an audition, by March 15.
Building Your Skills

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. Jump into Hastings-area fine arts programs and student-run organizations.

As a Music major — and for those taking Music classes or participating for the joy — 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.

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,
  • Earning advanced degrees at top graduate schools,
  • Directing music at churches across the country, and
  • Working in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Those who move on to graduate school study music therapy, saxophone pedagogy and performance and more!

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.

Sing a tune, toot your horn and apply to Hastings College today!

Notables: Success in Music

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
For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s... more
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, and Koozer spent a day working with the children’s choir. “I... more