Music

Music Major (128 Credits):

As a Music major, you have the opportunity to prepare to be a leader in the field of music by taking a well-established music core and choosing two or more areas of expertise: arranging, church music, piano pedagogy, string pedagogy, performance, and general music. Being able to choose multiple areas of expertise enables you to be the best prepared for the diversity demanded of today's music professionals in the workforce and in the church. With documentation of these areas of expertise on your professional transcript, you will be more marketable as you pursue a career in music. If you would like a music faculty professor to contact you, please complete this form.

Music Major


Philip Ledgerwood Senior Recital 14-L

 


Music Core (33 Credits):

As a Music major, completing the academic music core will give you a comprehensive education in western art music within a biblical ethos. This music core is essential to equipping students with a thorough foundation needed for a successful future. 

The effectiveness of the music core has been validated over the years by our students' success on the national Major Field Test in Music and by their graduate school acceptance rates. For the past several years, music seniors have scored in the top 8% nationwide on the field test, and during the 2014-15 school year the seniors scored in the top 3%. Graduates are also being accepted into numerous reputable graduate schools and are qualifying for scholarships. 

Top 3% Music Stat

 

Music Core Courses:

  • Theology and Practice of Public Worship
  • Basic Music Literature
  • Aural Skills Foundations
  • Intermediate Aural Skills
  • Advanced Aural Skills
  • Harmony 1
  • Harmony 2
  • Harmony 3
  • Harmony 4
  • Antiquity - Renaissance Music History
  • Baroque-Early Classical Music History
  • Late Classical-Romantic Music History
  • 20th Century Music History & Theory
  • Form and Analysis
  • Elementary Conducting
  • Performing Groups (8 semesters)

Instrument Specific Core (Choose One):

Piano Core (24 Credits)Instrumental Core (18 Credits)Voice Core (20 Credits)

  • Private lessons on piano (8 semesters)
  • Freshman and sophomore piano jury
  • Piano repertoire class (8 semesters)
  • Private lessons on secondary instrument (See music department handbook for specific requirements - minimum of 2 semesters)
  • Secondary instrument jury
  • Hymnplaying 1, 2 and 3
  • Accompanying
  • Keyboard Skills 1, 2, 3 and 4 (remedial)
  • Keyboard Literature 

 

  • Private lessons on primary instrument (8 semesters)
  • Freshman and sophomore jury for primary instrument
  • Repertoire class (8 semesters)
  • Private lessons on secondary instrument (See music department handbook for specific requirements - minimum of 2 semesters)
  • Secondary instrument jury

  • Intro to vocal studies
  • Private voice lessons (7 semesters)
  • Freshman and sophomore vocal jury 
  • Vocal repertoire class (8 semesters)
  • Private lessons on secondary instrument (See music department handbook for specific requirements - minimum of 2 semesters)
  • Secondary instrument jury
  • Diction for singers
  • Vocal teaching techniques

Concentration Options (Choose Two):

Music ArrangingChurch MusicPiano PedagogyString PedagogyGeneral MusicPerformance

Music Arranging:

As an arranging concentration, you will start arranging your very first semester during a weekly arranging class. Throughout your college experience you will refine your arranging skills by taking private arranging lessons in addition to coursework in harmony, counterpoint, and choral and instrumental arranging. Before graduating, you will be able to showcase your arrangements in a special arranging recital.

Coursework (12 credits):

  • Counterpoint
  • Orchestration and Instrumental Arranging Workshop
  • Choral Arranging and Choral Arranging Workshop
  • Keyboard Arranging
  • Arranging Lessons (2 semesters)
  • Arranging Repertoire Class (8 semesters)
  • Arranging Showcase Recital (junior year)

Church Music:

Maranatha music majors are prepared for music ministry in the local church regardless of the concentrations they select. However, if you see yourself as a music pastor or director of a church music ministry, this concentration is for you! You will learn the skills needed to make music decisions that are Biblically grounded and philosophically discerning. Both the coursework and church music internship will prepare you lead a Christ-honoring music ministry.

Coursework (12 credits):

  • Music in the Local Church
  • Hymnology
  • Music Technology
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Conducting Lessons (1 semester)
  • Church Music Internship

Piano Pedagogy:

If you plan to teach piano, the piano pedagogy concentration will prepare you to be an excellent teacher with an entrepreneurial mindset as well as an influential and innovative leader in the field. The three years of various hands-on teaching opportunities in our community music prep program will give you the cutting edge upon graduation. You will also increase your marketability by becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. Be a teacher who inspires your students to love music while impacting their lives for God.

Coursework (12 credits):

  • Piano Pedagogy 1 and Fieldwork (Elementary)
  • Piano Pedagogy 2 and Fieldwork (Intermediate)
  • Piano Pedagogy 3 and Fieldwork (Advanced)
  • Keyboard Ensembles
  • Student Teaching Internship (6 semesters of hands-on teaching experience at Maranatha Music Prep School)
  • Piano Pedagogy Practicum (business aspects for operating a studio and MTNA certification)

String Pedagogy:

If you plan to teach strings, the string pedagogy concentration is an excellent choice for you. The community music prep program provides a model school with hands-on opportunities for learning how to effectively teach strings from beginning through advanced levels in private and group settings. In addition to learning how to successfully teach, you will learn important business aspects of operating a private music studio.

Coursework (15 credits):

  • String Pedagogy and Literature 1
  • String Pedagogy and Literature 2
  • String Pedagogy and Literature 3
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Student Teaching Internship (6 semesters of hands-on teaching experience at Maranatha Music Prep School)
  • String Pedagogy Practicum (business aspects for operating a studio and MTNA certification)

General Music:

The general music concentration will prepare you to teach early childhood music and general music for elementary age students in private schools. You gain experience by teaching early childhood music and movement classes at Kiddie Kampus and Maranatha Music Prep Schools and by teaching elementary music classes at Calvary Baptist Christian School. You will also earn your Level 1 Early Childhood Music and Movement Certification through the national Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

Coursework (12 credits):

  • Knowing Early Childhood Music & Movement
  • Knowing Middle Childhood Music & Movement
  • Early Childhood Music & Movement and Fieldwork
  • Middle Childhood Music & Movement and Fieldwork
  • General Psychology (complete as a Humanities Elective in the General Core)
  • Developmental Psychology (complete as a Humanities Elective in General Core)
  • Student Teaching Internship for Early Childhood Music and Movement Certification Level 1 (2 semesters)

Performance:

If you desire to be a professional accompanist, orchestral member, or freelance performer, choosing a performance concentration is your first step. The performance concentration also prepares students for graduate study in music performance. The junior and senior recital performances, additional repertoire requirements, and semesters of collaborative/chamber music group experiences will help you develop artistic skills needed for a God-honoring performance career.

Coursework (12 credits):

  • Chamber Group or Collaborative Piano (4 semesters)
  • Special Topics in Music Theory
  • Counterpoint
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Performance Capstone Course
  • Junior Recital (in addition to the required senior recital for all music majors)
  • Additional requirements also include an increased weekly practice time expectation as well as the mastery of a specified list of literature. See the Music Department Handbook.


Music Department

Your Potential Career:

  • Professional musician
  • Music conservatory administrator
  • Music studio business owner
  • Early childhood music and movement teacher
  • Elementary music classroom teacher
  • Private studio music teacher
  • Music pastor
  • Church musician
  • Music arranger or composer
  • Music editor
  • Conductor