“I'll always be a music-maker. There's nothing I'd rather spend my life doing than trying my best to create and share songs and sounds that can touch people emotionally, uplift, cause reflection — and inspire progress, hopefully.”
You should major in music:
- If you’ve loved your experiences in band, orchestra, choir, or music production.
- If you appreciate a broad range of musical styles, from classical to pop, jazz to zydeco.
- If you’re eager to get on stage, perform, and learn the inner workings of the music industry.
As a music major, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses as varied as performance, composition or songwriting, music history and theory, music technology and recording techniques, and music management, booking, and touring.
The School of Music offers two unique music degrees: a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts.
Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music degree has five concentrations to choose from:
- Jazz Studies
- Music Media
- Piano Pedagogy
- Theory & Composition
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts degree has three concentrations to choose from:
- Music Business
- Traditional Music
- Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal)
Music at UL Lafayette
What's Music Like?
Research & creative activity
Group work & collaboration
Rehearsals & performances
bands, ensembles, and choirs
Music majors and non-music majors are welcome to join.
Life as a Music Major
Music is the Soul of our Community
Earn your music degree in one of the most active and culturally distinct music scenes in the United States. Because South Louisiana is known for two things: its cuisine and its music, students in UL Lafayette's music programs can thrive thanks to the opportunities provided by our culture and our community.
Get experience performing in university ensembles and in the local community. Our students take the stage at Festival International — the country’s largest international music festival — and at music venues across the state. We make sure you have plenty of opportunities to perform, conduct, teach, or produce before you graduate.
Work with Professionals
Our talented faculty members are dedicated to teaching, committed to your success, and active in their professional fields. Learning from our faculty gives you insight, a strong network, and preparation for your career.
Ensembles & Student Organizations
Connect with students and professionals through ensembles and organizations. We have vocal and instrumental ensembles, including the traditional music ensemble and opera theater. Or, join the University's fraternity and sorority life through Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia or Sigma Alpha Iota.