About the Program

Olivet’s music program offers multiple options for you to attain a fulfilling and rewarding career in music. Our curriculum is developed in conjunction with national standards and will support students who desire to continue their musical training at the graduate level.

Many students choose to combine their music major with various minors or other majors found at Olivet College to offer them the chance to pursue exciting and satisfying careers in various fields.


Students are welcome to participate in a variety of music programs on campus, including:

  • College Choir 
  • Chamber Singers 
  • Women’s Chorale 
  • Gospel Choir 
  • Wind Ensemble 
  • Chamber Ensemble 
  • Marching Comets Athletic Band 
  • Jazz Ensemble

The Margaret Upton Conservatory of Music

As the home of our music program, the conservatory has numerous practice rooms, vocal and instrumental rehearsal halls, a 123-seat recital hall and a computer-equipped electronic music/MIDI recording and music composition studio.

Music Scholarships

Interested music majors can audition for up to $3,000 in annual scholarship awards. Students who plan to major in another area, but are interested in participating in Olivet’s music ensembles are also eligible to apply for scholarships.

Careers in Music

  • Music Therapist

    Music Therapy is an allied health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client's abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their life. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. A double degree in music and psychology is recommended, and music therapy requires graduate work and state certification.

  • Music Journalist

    Music journalists cover the world of music for print publications, online journals, magazines, and broadcast media outlets. They review concerts and new releases, report on the business of music, write artist profiles and feature stories, conduct interviews, and break music-related news. In addition, music journalists often are called upon to write liner notes for CDs and music DVDs. A double degree in music and journalism or writing is recommended for this career.

  • Private Music Instructor

    Private music instructors, who specialize in an instrument or class of instruments or voice, work one-on-one with students to develop the following: instrumental or vocal technique and performance ability, advanced skills such as notation, music theory, improvisation, and skills for auditioning and performing as professionals, or simply for their enjoyment. Community music schools often employ these instructors or they open a private teaching studio in their own home.

  • Advanced Studies in Music

    Your undergraduate degree in music at Olivet College prepares you well for continued and specialized studies in music at the graduate level, such as music performance, musicology, music theory, and composition. Successful Olivet music graduates have continued their graduate work in these areas at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London), Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University, and Eastern Illinois University, among other universities in the mid-west and abroad.

Courses in the Program

MUS 141 - Piano Class
MUS 214 - Aural Skill
MUS 322 - Comprehensive Music History
MUS 311 - Form and Analysis
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