Areas of Study


Of the three university music programs sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the BYUH Music Department stands out because of its high ratio of fulltime faculty to students (12:1), its large population of international students, and a family-like atmosphere where students are mentored personally by the fulltime faculty from the beginning stages of study.

Our diverse student body allows advanced musicians to learn side-by-side with peers who may have only had limited opportunity for formal instruction, and the spirit of music is enriched by the close camaraderie that transcends individual cultures and ability levels. So whether you are a non-major or music minor looking for a life-enriching experience by participating in an international tour, or an aspiring professional hoping to win the concerto competition, we invite you to add your talents and energy to the department.

Degrees offered

BA General Music (Catalog)

Emphasis in Composition
Emphasis in Instrumental Music
Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds
Emphasis in Piano
Emphasis in Strings
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Emphasis in Voice

BA Instrumental Performance (Catalog)

Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone)
Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone)
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)

BA Piano Performance (Catalog)

BA Vocal Studies (Catalog)

BA World Music Studies (Catalog)

Music Minor (Catalog)


Department policies

Admission guidelines

If you plan to study music at BYUH, please contact the faculty member who corresponds to the area you intend to pursue. Exceptional students may be requested by music faculty to be admitted to BYUH, but the ultimate decision on admission lies with the Office of Admissions. Music majors need to follow the admissions guidelines outlined by the Office of Admissions (see How to Apply) and should start an application at

Formal admission to music major

Students may study music for the first semester on a provisional basis, but formal admission to the music major occurs after the first semester of enrollment in private lessons (MUS 160R) in the student’s chosen area of emphasis. At the end of the first semester, a jury will be held to determine whether the student may continue on in the major or choose another field of study.

Admission to music core curriculum

The first classes in the music core curriculum are MUS 111 and 111L (theory and aural skills). On the first day of class, a diagnostic exam will be given to determine whether students are sufficiently prepared to continue in 111 and 111L. Should students need additional preparation, they may register for MUS 103, Music Fundamentals, which is designed to prepare students for further study in 111 and 111L.

Ensemble audition guidelines

Each BYUH ensemble has different audition requirements. For your ensemble of choice, please contact the director to find out more about audition times and requirements.

Private lesson guidelines

To enroll in private lessons (MUS 159R, 160R, 260R, 360R, 460R), whether as a music major or non-major, students should consult and/or audition with the coordinating professor of that area. Please contact the faculty member who corresponds to the instrument you plan to study.

Jury guidelines

Juries are exams for private lessons and include a performance graded by music faculty. Juries take place at the end of each semester and should be coordinated with your private instructor. Please be aware that failure to attend a jury is grounds for failure of the course.

Recital policies

Student recitals at BYUH (whether Junior, Senior, or extracurricular) need to be coordinated closely with the student’s faculty mentor, who will insure the student recital experience goes smoothly and professionally. Students may not schedule campus facilities unless sponsored by a faculty member.

Timelines are critical to a successful student recital:

  • 3-6 months before recital: with approval from faculty mentor, schedule date/time in the Auditorium or Ballroom
  • 1 month before recital: posters should be posted around campus and sent electronically to department secretary. Students are responsible for the cost and design of their own posters.
  • 1-3 weeks before recital: recital jury. Failure to pass the jury requires rescheduling or canceling the recital
  • 2 weeks before recital: technical and stage setup requests due to Auditorium/Ballroom
  • 2 weeks before recital: printed program due to supervising instructor for review and edits
  • 1 week before recital: printed program due to department secretaries for formatting and printing

Evening of Concertos Competition

Every other year, students may choose to audition for inclusion in the Evening of Concertos, a concert showcasing the most outstanding student performers accompanied by musicians from the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Auditions are conducted in the spring (odd years) for inclusion in the fall concert.

Scholarship Competition

Every other year, students may choose to compete in the Scholarship Competition, held in the spring of even-numbered years. First, second and third-place winners receive scholarships ranging from half- to full-tuition awards. Excellent performances from the competition will be selected for inclusion on a showcase concert in the fall of the same year.

Concert attendance policy

Each semester of enrollment as a music major, students are required to attend seven concerts. At the end of each semester, one program from each concert (seven total), including the student’s name, should be handed in to the student secretary in MCK 191. The Concert Attendance Requirement is part of every music degree and is required for graduation.

Piano proficiency requirement

Music majors need to pass the piano proficiency examination by the end of the sophomore year. To schedule an exam, contact Dr. McCarrey ( To prepare for the exam, you may take Music 105R, a class designed to help students pass this exam. To register for 105R, see the Fine Arts Academic Advisor, Line Hafoka ( in MCK 191A or call her at 675-3249.

Student grievance policy

If students have a concern with their teacher or their progress in the degree, they should first consult with their studio teacher/mentor. If the concern is not addressed to the satisfaction of the student, the department chair is the next avenue of recourse. If the department chair fails to address the situation, the student may choose to consult with the dean of the college, then the academic vice president and, finally, the president of BYUH.