As a music major at UL Lafayette, you gain the knowledge and technical skills you need to become a professional musician, with access to the opportunities you need and want before and after graduation.
In our eight concentrations, you'll get a core education in music and performance, which will be your foundation as you branch out into your more specialized classes. Small class sizes and individual instruction mean you'll get a personalized education that fits your goals and aspirations. You'll sharpen your skills and learn new ones.
You'll get to work with Grammy-award-winning artists. You'll understand the theory and mechanics of great music, and how to compose your own pieces. And you'll get to share your love of music with your peers and the community.
We offer two different degree programs: a Bachelor of Music with five available concentrations, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with three available concentrations.
Music Performance Concentration
The Bachelor of Music degree with the music performance concentration is open to any student who plays a band or orchestral instrument, piano, voice, or guitar. This program prepares you to become a professional performing musician and to study at the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Music degree with the theory/composition concentration is open to any student who plays a band or orchestral instrument, piano, voice, or guitar. The theory/composition concentration is designed to give you the skills to become a career composer, but is also great preparation for graduate study and an eventual career in academia.
Piano Pedagogy Concentration
The Bachelor of Music degree with the piano pedagogy concentration will prepare you to become an independent piano teacher. You'll be prepared to teach private or group lessons out of your own studio or in schools. Our students have the opportunity to prepare for their teaching careers through our Piano Pedagogy Lab.
Jazz Studies Concentration
The Bachelor of Music degree with the jazz studies concentration is open to students on any band instrument, piano, or guitar, to specialize in jazz, rock, and pop performance. This program focuses on improvisation, music arrangements, studio recording, and lots of opportunities for live performances.
Music Media Concentration
The Bachelor of Music degree with the music media concentration is the only one of its kind at a public university in Louisiana. The program combines a foundation in classical or jazz music with specialized courses in music technology, production, and contemporary music. It's also open to students on any band or orchestral instrument, piano, voice, or guitar.
Music Business Concentration
The Bachelor of Arts with the music business concentration is our fastest-growing degree program. It helps prepare you to work in the music and entertainment industry in music production, management, marketing, and merchandising.
Recording Arts Concentration
Get hands-on experience working in audio production and engineering with our recording arts concentration. Learn about the technical side of music production with classes in our studios, and explore sound design, beat-making, and synthesis/computer-based music.
Traditional Music Concentration
The only program of its kind in the state, the Bachelor of Arts with the traditional music concentration is for musicians who can learn by ear to study Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass music and its roots.
Music Education Concentration
The Bachelor of Arts in music education program is offered in partnership with the College of Education and has two available tracks: vocal music education or instrumental music education.
- Vocal Concentration
- This concentration is open only to vocalists, and it prepares you to earn your certification as a school choral director.
- Instrumental Concentration
- This concentration is open to students on any band or orchestral instrument. It prepares you to earn certification as a school band or orchestra director.