There is no shortage of opportunities at Maranatha to enrich your musical talents. Expert faculty bring decades of experience to classes and personal lessons. Performing groups offer additional occasion to use your abilities to minister to others around the country.
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.
- 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.
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).
The music major is 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)
Several music minors require 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)
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.