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.
Students hoping to major in music will take the music theory placement exam and will audition for placement in an ensemble.
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 Music in Commercial Music prepares students for careers in both the Christian and secular commercial music industry. Coursework maintains a real-world point of view, reflective of faculty who are primarily working professionals in the field of commercial music.
The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers excellent preparation for graduate study or work as a professional composer. The program helps students discover a distinctive voice as they develop a portfolio of compositions. In addition to composition, courses in theory, music history, literature, conducting, and technology give students a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.
The Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music and Worship provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of music ministry and consists of academic preparation in music, Christian ministry, and practical theology. Graduates are given the tools needed to minister effectively in an ever-changing music ministry environment, and they are prepared for more specialized graduate study in music or Christian ministry.
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 in Performance program is tailored to students desiring a career in performance, pedagogy (private teaching), or to pursue advanced degrees in performance. The performance emphasis is offered in voice, piano, organ, guitar, trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, and harp.
“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.”