Theory, performance, experience, and practice permeate a School of Music student's education. During their tenure, music undergraduates perform in annual recitals, attend eight on-campus recitals or concerts per year, and participate in a performance-based exam (applied jury) before a panel of faculty. Students also gain practical experience through internships in recording studios, churches, schools, and ensembles.
In keeping with its commitment to excellence, the School of Music continually refines and upgrades its programs. This pursuit in the classroom and in performance draws, sharpens, blends, and matures the talents of each student.
Which Degree is for You?
For some emerging musicians, deciding to major in music is easy, but choosing a specific degree requires a more in-depth look at personal and professional goals. Program highlights below provide a comparison that may be helpful in your final decision.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a comprehensive music education for students interested in teaching, performance, or music theory. The program includes an ensemble requirement and emphases that develop skills in composition and performance.
The Bachelor of Music is designed as a degree for those interested in performance, music ministry, private teaching, Christian and secular commercial music industry, work as a professional composer, or advanced degrees. Performance emphasis students may specialize in voice, piano, organ, guitar, trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, and percussion.
“The breadth of offerings at the School of Music is very accommodating. Not only can students choose from multiple majors and concentrations, but they can also participate in ensembles that include choirs, orchestras, concert and jazz bands, chamber groups, and ministry groups, all of which perform around the world. However, the education and experiences the students receive are not ends in themselves. Faculty attempt to instill in students the understanding that these are pieces of God's greater plan for their lives.”