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:
About Maranatha Music Courses:
- 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.
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)
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)
Music Minor Tracks: approximately 20 credits including a freshman and sophomore jury as well as a 15 to 30 minute recital.
- Church Music
- Music Education
- Piano Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 4 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
- String Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 4 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
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.
- Heritage Singers
- Triumphant Brass
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.
- 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)
- FIVO 135 Intro to Vocal Studies (1 Credit)
- FIMU 100 Music Theory Fundamentals (2 Credits)
- FIMU 236 Music Appreciation (2 Credits)
- FIMU 101 Basic Music Literature (3 Credits)
- You can also receive academic credit for participating in a performance group (.5 credit/semester).