Music Options

When you consider music at Maranatha, carefully examine all of your music options. You can prepare for your future career and ministry by taking music lessons, joining a performing group, and/or completing a music degree. Click on the tabs for an overview of your options, and take a look at scholarships available to you.

Regionally-Accredited,  Academically Rigorous

Choosing a Degree:


The music faculty strongly believe that every music student, regardless of the music degree type, needs to be an excellent musician. In fact, the music faculty are resolute that every student be challenged to develop his or her musical talents to the fullest potential. Unlike other universities, we do not encourage our best musicians to be performance majors, and our average musicians to be music education, pedagogy, or church music majors. Rather, we encourage our music students to choose a major that will best equip them for their future ministries and careers.

About Maranatha Music Courses:

Course Content

  • Maranatha’s music faculty teach music courses from a biblical worldview to help students be successful Christian musicians in a secular environment.
  • Maranatha’s Department of Music resolves to maintain its commitment to a curriculum of classical and traditional music.
  • To prepare graduates to be successful in their future careers, the academically rigorous music courses are designed to develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Course content is always up-to-date because Maranatha’s music professors regularly participate in advanced education opportunities.

Degree Options:


Music Major: a 4-year program including a freshman and sophomore jury as well as a 45-60 minute recital.

Music Majors complete a Bible Core, a Liberal Arts Core, a Music Core, an Instrument Specific Core, and two or more of the following Concentration:

  • Arranging (also includes an arranging showcase recital)
  • Church Music (also includes a church internship)
  • Performance (also includes a junior recital)
  • General Music (also includes Early Childhood Music and Movement Certification)
  • Piano Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 6 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
  • String Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 6 semesters of prep school teaching experience)

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Music Education Major Tracks: a 4-and-a-half-year program including a freshman and sophomore jury, a 45-60 minute senior recital and a semester of student teaching.

  • Choral Certification
  • Instrumental Certification
  • General Certification – (General Certification can be combined with Piano Pedagogy or String Pedagogy)

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Music Minor Tracks: approximately 20 credits including a freshman and sophomore jury as well as a 15 to 30 minute recital.

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ALL students are strongly encouraged to join a performance group!

Music groups at Maranatha are not limited to music degree students. In fact, nearly 25 percent of our student body participates each year.

Instrumental Groups


Touring Ensembles

Many students on campus not interested in earning a music degree take personal enrichment music courses/lessons/performing groups for academic credit. Two credits of music courses/lessons/performing groups count as part of your general core requirements.

Private Lessons Info:

  • AVAILABILITY: Piano, voice, and instrumental private music lessons are available for ALL Maranatha students. Note: Voice students must take FIVO 135 Intro to Vocal Studies before taking private voice lessons from a Maranatha instructor. Students may test out of FIVO 135 (see the test-out section in the Music Department Handbook).
  • REGISTRATION: Students register for private lessons in the same way they register for courses.
  • COST: Private music lessons cost an additional fee based on lesson length because students are receiving one-on-one instruction.
  • SCHEDULING: Lessons are scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient for both the student and the assigned instructor. Lessons begin the second week of classes.

Music Course Options:

If you are not interested in private music lessons, you can enroll in a music course and avoid the private lesson fee. Maranatha offers the following courses that might be of interest to you.

Keyboard Courses:

  • FIPI 1001 Beginning Piano Class (1 Credit)
  • FISM 113 Hymnplaying 1 (1 Credit)
  • FISM 223 Hymnplaying 2 (1 Credit)
  • FIMK 101-104 Keyboard Skills (1 Credit)

Voice Courses:

  • FIVO 135 Intro to Vocal Studies (1 Credit)

Academic Courses:

  • FIMU 100 Music Theory Fundamentals (2 Credits)
  • FIMU 236 Music Appreciation (2 Credits)
  • FIMU 101 Basic Music Literature (3 Credits)

Performing Courses:

  • You can also receive academic credit for participating in a performance group (.5 credit/semester).