Interdisciplinary Studies 

Combine music with other majors to create a unique opportunity for artistic expression. The interdisciplinary studies concentration let you integrate serious music study with other areas of emphasis, combining your talent and interest in music study with another career path.

Musical Theater Concentration

With our musical theater concentration, you can hone your creativity and build community so that you can serve more fully in a variety of careers. By combining theater with our interdisciplinary music major you will learn techniques of voice training with core courses in music, theater techniques with core courses in theater, and take electives in both theater and music to enhance your knowledge and skills in both areas.

Annual musical productions will give you many opportunities to practice your new skills and hone your stage presence. A senior capstone project puts you at center stage, putting everything you’ve learned into practice in one finale project.


Core Music Curriculum  Core Theater Curriculum
Fundamentals of Music* Theater History
Landscape of Music Practicum
The History and Techniques of Music I  
The History and Techniques of Music II  
Conducting I  
Private studies  
Music Electives
(choose 4 credits that align with your interests)
Theater Electives
(choose 2 of the below)
American Popular Music  Acting for the Stage and Screen
Introduction to Music Technology Directing for the Theater
Listening to Film  Screenwriting or Playwriting
World Music Technical Theater 
  Theater Topics
Senior Project 

*Some student may test out of this requirement

Other Interdisciplinary Study Options 

Musical field Related interdisciplinary coursework
Music PR and management Business Administration or Marketing
Music ministry/worship leader Bible and Religion
Audio production, sound design, movie scoring Digital Media and Communication
Writing about music English or Journalism
Music history History and Social Science
Music as an international language of connection Peacebuilding and Development
Music theory and aesthetics Philosophy, Math or Physics
Music therapy Nursing or Psychology

Real-world learning

Interdisciplinary music major Andrew Claasen composed, performed and recorded an original song as part of his senior practicum.

“I really learned to appreciate all that goes in to making one professional song,” he says, “let alone an entire album. I learned to listen with purpose, noting how specific tones and instruments meshed and combined.”

“Lay Your Burdens Down.” Vocals, Andrew Claasen and Lauren Gibson. Drums, Landon Heavener. Bass, Robby Meadows.

Andrew graduated in 2012 and began a service term with the the MCC service program SALT in August 2012, spending a year in Costa Rica working with adults with developmental disabilities.

Careers and life after graduation

Upon graduation each interdisciplinary studies student is prepared for an entrance level opportunity for graduate study and for entering a music-related career. While the traditional EMU music major offers studies in performance and music education, the interdisciplinary studies concentration offers additional in-the-field learning opportunities like instruction of piano pedagogy, vocal pedagogy, or Suzuki violin pedagogy. Additional performing options include conducting, composition, and jazz. And other practical opportunities include music management and music industry.

More theoretical areas of interest, such as ethnomusicology, music history or music theory, are also options for study and work in music and related fields.

Review the music program catalog (PDF).

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