Inspiring musicians to reach their fullest potential with dedicated artist faculty.
The Viterbo music department prepares vocal and piano students for professional careers in teaching and performing, and encourages students to influence the musical lives of the communities in which they serve. Graduates have a history of high job placement rates in music education and acceptance into top graduate music programs. The program has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for over 50 years.
- Professional musician
- Music educator
- Private studio owner
- Choral conductor
- Church musician
- Freelance accompanist
Viterbo’s music program prepares vocal and piano students for professional careers in teaching, performing, and educating while providing them with opportunities to engage in a variety of artistic experiences and encouraging them to influence the musical lives of the communities in which they serve. Faculty members have extensive professional experience and students benefit from first-rate teaching and outstanding facilities; as well as full-scale productions of operas, oratorios, and musicals and international and regional choir tours.
Music has been referred to as the language of the universe. It has the power to inspire people to look at the world around them in new and critical ways. The music department at Viterbo University is flexible for students, and has experienced faculty that provide personalized attention, all in Viterbo's state-of-the-art facilities. This major is great for those with a passion for music, and a desire to continue on into a professional setting as a performer, composer, or a business-owner.
Minors at Viterbo University generally require between 15–25 credits upon completion. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals.
Performing on stage is an exhilarating experience. Professional performers have the unique ability to exhibit the energy of a particular song, scene, or character and inspire the audience. The music performance program at Viterbo—which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music—works with nationally and internationally recognized artists/faculty in voice, piano, theory, and education. Students learn specific musical techniques, develop their own signature sound, perfect their skills as musicians, and learn to get into character for performances.
Students who complete the music education program are qualified to apply for K–12 general/6–12 choral music certification through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Viterbo's program has a strong reputation for producing caring and competent teachers, and has a high job placement rate for graduates. Viterbo has active student chapters of Music Educators National Association and American Choral Directors Association. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a teaching career in public or private schools.