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Start your journey with world-class performers

Your professors will be musicians and scholars who are active in the music profession at the regional, national and international levels, who’ve studied at prestigious universities including the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music, and have performed, conducted and presented clinics at prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Alumni of our music program lead thousands into worship, sing in nationally touring musicals, and win top teaching awards for choir direction. And as a student here you'll have access to these world-class performers and be mentored in the highest standards of musicianship.

 

Bachelor of Music

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Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a perfect fit for musicians with ambitious goals and diverse interests. The BA in Music deepens your understanding and hones your skill with a strong core of music theory, history, and individual and ensemble performance. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to contemporary music recording and composition technology and ensemble leadership.

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Commercial Music

Performance-based and focused on contemporary styles, our program gives students a background in songwriting, arranging and conducting. We place a strong emphasis on the technology of the music industry and the improvisational skills needed to perform in a commercial environment.

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Music Performance, Instrumental

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance is designed for students who wish to focus their career on performance and private teaching. This degree requires intensive study in individual and ensemble performance and supporting music courses.

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Music Performance, Piano & Piano Pedagogy

Whether you choose to play solo, accompany a choir, or play hymns for a church, you will be well-tuned for a career in music. While graduates also are prepared to teach other keyboardists, their own skills are constantly challenged and nurtured in the classroom and onstage.

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Music Performance, Vocal

Through voice study in private lessons you will perfect your pitch. With solo performances in recitals you will hone your performance skills. And with participation in choral and vocal ensembles and Opera workshops, you will develop a solid vocal technique and gain confidence to become an authentic performer.

 

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Worship Leadership

Designed for students who are called to full-time worship and music ministry, this program of study is focused on developing the skills today’s diverse church needs. It includes practical field experiences, significant coursework in Christian studies, and thorough musical training. The curriculum embraces diverse musical styles and worship practices.

 

Bachelor of Music Education

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Instrumental

Our goal is to produce “musician educators,” graduates who are as proficient as entry-level professional musicians, who have the skill and background to bring music alive for their students, and who are active in music making in their communities through performing or composing.

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Vocal/Choral

Our goal is to produce “musician educators,” graduates who are as proficient as entry-level professional musicians, who have the skill and background to bring music alive for their students, and who are active in music making in their communities through performing or composing.

Students performing in the Master of Music in Music Education on-campus workshops

Master of Music in Music Education

The 30-hour Master of Music in Music Education can be completed entirely online, with optional on-campus workshops and courses offered to address specialized interests of our students' academic and career goals on their schedule. The online degree courses mimic the on-campus atmosphere by providing students with a learning environment in which they can collaborate and interact with the professor and their peers.