Produce an art

As a performance track music major, you’ll receive a comprehensive education in Western Art Music within a Biblical ethos. The performance track is designed to prepare students to be successful as professional accompanists, orchestral members, or freelance performers. The musical and academic requirements also thoroughly prepare students for graduate study. If you desire to focus on developing your artistic skills for a God-honoring performance career, the performance track is the right choice for you!

“Teaching is an incredible ministry opportunity, and I pray that God will help me have a long-lasting impact on my students.” – Janet Tschida, Faculty

Important Links

These links will get you started on your way to becoming a church music major!


Our faculty knows music

Dr. Rick Townsend came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs, and now has more than 35 years of music teaching experience.

He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools. This includes early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups.

Read more about our Music faculty.

Your potential career

  • Freelance performer
  • Recording artist
  • Professional accompanist
  • Music coach
  • Professional orchestra/chamber musician
  • Advertising songwriter
  • Studio musician
  • Music editor/engraver

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Introductory Music Seminar0Harmony 12
Aural Skills Foundations2Proficiency Courses2
Basic Music Literature3Primary Proficiency Lesson2
Proficiency Courses2Freshman Platform0
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Secondary Proficiency Test0
Secondary Proficiency Lesson1Secondary Proficiency Lesson1
Repertoire0Keyboard Skills 1 (Remedial for Pianists)1
Performing Group0.5Repertoire0
New or Old Testament Survey3Performing Group0.5
English Composition 13New or Old Testament Survey3
English Composition 23
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Fall Spring 
Intermediate Aural Skills1Introduction to Music Technology2
Harmony 22Harmony 32
Proficiency Courses or Music Electives4Proficiency Courses2
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Primary Proficiency Lesson2
Keyboard Skills 2 (Remedial for Pianists)1Sophomore Platform0
Repertoire0Keyboard Skills 3 (Remedial for Pianists)1
Performing Group0.5Repertoire0
Baptist Heritage3Performing Group0.5
Math or Science Elective3Christian Life and Leadership3
The Modern World3
Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Advanced Aural Skills1Form and Analysis2
Harmony 42Advanced Conducting2
Elementary Conducting2Music History Course2
Music History Course2Counterpoint2
Proficiency Courses or Music Electives4Proficiency Courses or Music Electives2
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Primary Proficiency Lesson with Junior Recital2
Keyboard Skills 4 (Remedial for Pianists)1Repertoire0
Repertoire0Performing Group0.5
Performing Group0.5Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Music History Course2Music History Course2
Proficiency Courses or Music Electives2Proficiency Courses or Music Electives2
Primary Proficiency Lesson2Primary Proficiency Lesson with Senior Recital2
Performing Group0.5Performing Group0.5
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Humanities Elective3Humanities Elective3
American Studies Elective3Literature Elective3