Music Overview

The School of Music celebrates musical artistry and understanding as core elements of the human experience, crucial components of a liberal education, and central aspects of a spiritual life.

In the School of Music, students learn self-expression and self-discipline through rigorous practice and passionate performance. They develop an acute sensitivity for collaboration and artistic cooperation through intensive ensemble work. In the study of music theory and history, students learn to hear and appreciate various musical languages, distinguish nuances of style, and discern the connections between musical developments and their cultural contexts.

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

*All Music majors and are limited enrollment. The Music minor is open enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I test out of piano if I am a non-keyboard music major?

Absolutely, more information can be found here.

How do I declare a minor?

Please contact the College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center by calling 801-422-3777 or by coming in to our office (D-444 HFAC) for specific information on how to declare a minor. Be aware that some minors may require an application process.

How do I know what classes to register for?

A list of classes that fill the University Core can be found here. Courses required for majors are listed in the Major Academic Plan MAPs; we recommend students follow the suggested sequence of courses. Course recommendations for pre-majors can be found here. Ensemble information can be found on the School of Music website.

How do my transfer credits count toward major requirements?

If you have gained admittance to the School of Music, and have select transfer courses that might be equivalent to some of your major requirements at BYU, please email the music advisor. Note: major transfer courses are only evaluated after admittance to the School of Music. For more information, please view the School of Music Undergraduate Handbook.

What does my music AP credit fulfill?

Students who pass the aural part of the AP Music Test with a score of 4 or 5 will receive credit for MUS 193 and will also receive credit for Music 195 with a score of 4 or 5 on the written (theory) portion of the test. Those students will, however, be responsible for completing MUS 197 (first semester sight singing). Students seeking AP music credit must have their scores reported to BYU. More information on AP exam credit can be found here.

What is a flag?/How do I get flagged for a class?

A flag is a code placed on your myBYU account that allows you to register for courses that are restricted due to “majors only” designation or prerequisites. To have your record flagged contact us at 801-422-3777, or stop by our office in D-444 HFAC.

Where can I find application/audition information for the School of Music?

View the School of Music’s website for application/audition information and deadlines. You may also call or stop by their office for further information.

Where can I find information on how to schedule a required recital?

You may review the required recital scheduling process here (please also double check you are registered for lessons) and for more information on recitals see the School of Music website.

Where can I get a change of emphasis form?

You may obtain a change of emphasis form at the CFAC Advisement Center (D-444 HFAC) or the School of Music Office (C-550 HFAC).

Still have questions? Schedule an appointment by calling our office at 801-422-3777