Popular Music Concentration

For more information about popular music at the University of Oregon, please visit the Popular Music at UO website.

BA or BS in Music with a Popular Music Concentration

This degree concentration provides students with a comprehensive course of study in popular music focused on songwriting, music production, music performance, music theory, and popular music history and culture. It can also include learning about music entrepreneurship through coursework in marketing, accounting, and law. Students choose from a variety of topically relevant performance ensembles, including gospel choirs, jazz combos, a hip hop ensemble, and an electronic device ensemble. They can satisfy elective requirements with an array of subjects, including audio engineering, recording techniques, and electronic music, as well as with additional history and culture courses focused on rock and roll, electronic music, hip hop, and other kinds of popular music.

ADVISING TRACKS

The Popular Music Studies concentration is for several different kinds of students, each with unique goals and areas of focus. It is for those seeking to be artists in the genre of popular music. It is for those seeking to be professionals in the popular music industry, either as musicians or business people. And it is for those seeking a strong liberal education focused on music, art, and culture. Several advising tracks are suggested for students considering how to satisfy degree requirements.

ARTIST TRACK

The Artist Track is for aspring performers and songwriters wishing to pursue careers as popular music artists, focused on creating and releasing original material.

INDUSTRY TRACK

The Industry Track is for students seeking to be professionals in the music industry. It provides a comprehensive, well-rounded course of study focused on the development of professional skill sets.

LIBERAL ARTS TRACK

The Liberal Arts Track is a flexible path that allows students to complete degree requirements with the broadest possible range of course options. This track can work well for students who are double-majoring.

MUSIC BUSINESS TRACK

For students seeking careers as business people in the music industry, combining one of the above tracks, most likely the Liberal Arts Track, with a second major in Business or Journalism is a recommended course of study.

HYBRID TRACK

Tracks may be hybridized, for specialized student goals and areas of focus.

The School of Music and Dance is available to help each student choose or construct an appropriate advising track. For questions about this, students may contact either Music Undergraduate Advisor Alli Bach or Associate Professor Toby Koenigsberg.