Department of Music

Courses Offered

View Course Descriptions in Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Music

Voice Performance – The vocal major is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of fields upon graduation, from studio teaching to graduate school and performance. By focusing on the undergraduate experience and maintaining a close relationship with the theatre department, voice majors have the ability to participate in a wide range of performance opportunities here at Avila.

Collaborative Piano – The piano major is designed to offer many different performance and learning opportunities beyond the studio lessons, reflecting the different types of career paths available to our graduates. By engaging in these experiences, the Avila piano graduate is able to build on the core of music instruction to become a well-rounded musician that employers and graduate schools respect.

Conducting – The conducting concentration focuses on a blend of technique and leadership training to prepare students for multiple career paths in music. Students have opportunities to lead both within and in front of ensembles, developing significant skills of musicality and leadership.

B.A. in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music allows for a more flexible course load and directs students to individual plans of study.

B.F.A. in Theatre

A musical theatre concentration is also offered within a theatre degree. More information on the theatre department can be found on the theatre pages.


A music minor is also offered to students who want to explore music while still pursuing another major. Performance grants for minors are offered, and music minors also enjoy the performance opportunities and ensemble participation of the music major.

concentration: MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

An in-demand area in the music and performing arts industries, the Music Technology concentration at Avila pairs a solid musical foundation with training with the latest software and hardware to prepare you for success. You’ll learn about studio recording and production, music engraving and publishing, and live performance as well as experience other exciting opportunities to develop your skills.

Music Technology Certificate

Accomplished faculty and cutting-edge technology set apart Avila’s Music Technology certificate program. One of the few programs of its kind in Kansas City, you’ll receive a solid understanding in musical theory, industry-specific software and top of the line hardware to ensure you have the professional skills you need to excel. Led by accomplished composer and performer Dr. Michalis Koutsoupides, you’ll learn about studio recording and production, music engraving and publishing, live performance and other exciting opportunities to develop your skills.

Man sitting at keyboard with computer screen on stage.
Dr. Michalis Kousoupides brings decades of international experience to Avila’s Music Technology program, having performed on traveling Broadway shows and with artists such as Stevie Wonder.
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