Unique Department


We Challenge the Status Quo!

  • Maranatha has community music prep schools to provide university pedagogy students with three or more years of supervised, hands-on experience teaching group classes, early childhood classes, ensembles, and private lessons, as well as planning special music events before graduating. Students teaching in the community prep schools are paid for teaching.
  • Maranatha has a Kiddie Kampus daycare where music education and pedagogy students teach early childhood classes for two or more semesters, enabling our students to earn their Level One National Early Childhood Music and Movement Certification.
  • Maranatha Music Prep Schools host several national festivals/competitions so that Maranatha pedagogy students learn how to prepare students for the Achievement Program, the National Piano Guild, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and other state competitions.
  • Music students are encouraged to be actively involved in the music ministry of one of the many churches in the southern Wisconsin area.
  • Music Education students become experts in applying Music Learning Theory.
  • Pedagogy students learn how to teach musical instruments using a highly successful sound-before-sight approach.
  • All music students participate in a music group every semester. These music groups engage students in ministry opportunities through performances on campus, in the surrounding community, and throughout the United States on annual tours.
  • Music students attend, perform, and critique performances at weekly instrument-specific repertoire classes. These repertoire classes have included performing in master classes given by area professionals, attending open rehearsals for the Madison symphony, attending chamber music concerts, having discussions after viewing historic performances, and sightreading literature.
  • The close proximity of the campus to institutions such as the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, and Chicago Symphony makes frequent attendance to outstanding concerts possible.
  • Music major seniors often have the experience of conducting a number with a university choir, band, and/or orchestra.


Small College Feel, Big College Opportunities!

  • Maranatha’s Department of Music faculty/student ratio allows faculty to be involved with music students on personal level.
  • Because of Maranatha’s small size, music degree students develop lifelong friendships as they participate in a large music group every semester.
  • Maranatha music students foster a closely-knit community of support and encouragement for one another regardless of one’s academic or performance abilities.
  • Faculty and students cultivate a campus-wide appreciation for music by encouraging the student body to participate in music performing groups. Over 20% of the student body participates in music at Maranatha.