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BACHELOR OF ARTS | MUSIC

Core | Music

As a Music major, completing the academic music core gives you a comprehensive education in western art music within a biblical ethos. This music core is essential to equipping you with a thorough foundation needed for a successful future.

The effectiveness of the music core has been validated over the years by our students’ success on the national Major Field Test in Music and by their graduate school acceptance rate.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students will perform collegiate level music with competence.
  • Students will demonstrate skill in analyzing the underlying theoretical structures of music.
  • Students will be able to articulate biblical and cultural connections to the music they are studying.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of historical and cultural contexts out of which music has been created.
  • Students will read and become skilled in locating and citing research that involves various areas of musical scholarship.
  • Students will demonstrate spiritual and professional dispositions in all areas of musical endeavors.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Introductory Music Seminar (0)
Aural Skills Foundations (2)
Basic Music Literature (3)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
Secondary Proficiency Lesson (1)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 15.5-18

Semester 2

Harmony 1 (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
1st Year Jury (0)
Secondary Proficiency Jury (0)
Secondary Proficiency Lesson (1)
Keyboard/Strings Skills 1 (Remedial for Pianists/Strings) (1)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 14.5-17.5

Semester 1

Intermediate Aural Skills (1)
Harmony 2 (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
Keyboard/Strings Skills 2 (Remedial for Pianists/Strings) (1)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)
Music Concentration (2-4)

Total Credits: 13.5-15.5

Semester 2

Harmony 3 (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
2nd Year Jury (0)
Keyboard/Strings Skills 3 (Remedial for Pianists/Strings) (1)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Hymnplaying1 (1)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
The Modern World (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 15.5/16.5

Semester 1

Advanced Aural Skills (1)
Harmony 4 (2)
Elementary Conducting (2)
Principles of Christian Music (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
Keyboard/Strings Skills 4 (Remedial for Pianists/Strings) (1)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Hymnplaying 2 (1)
Vocal Teaching Techniques (1)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 15.5/18.5

Semester 2

Form and Analysis (2)
Music History Course (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson with Junior Recital (2)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Hymnplaying 3** (1)
Keyboard Literature (2)
Diction for Singers (2)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 14.5-17.5

Semester 1

Music History Course (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson (2)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Accompanying (1)
Bible Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 15.5-17.5

Semester 2

Music History Course (2)
Primary Proficiency Lesson with Senior Rectial (2)
Repertoire (0)
Performing Group (0.5)
Bible Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Literature Elective (3)
Music Concentration (2-3)

Total Credits: 15.5-17.5

Alumni Spotlight

Joy Parker (’15)
Joy Parker (’15) finished her bachelor’s in Music Education at MBU with emphases in piano pedagogy and choral music. After graduation, she completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. During college, Joy taught at Maranatha Music Prep School, and these years of experience and repertoire- building proved beneficial for her assistantship work at Westminster Conservatory. Most recently, Joy was awarded a partial tuition- paying doctoral assistantship at the University of Southern Mississippi, and she has now completed her first year as a DMA student.

Bethany (Schimkus) Rose (‘17)
Bethany (Schimkus) Rose earned a BA in Violin Pedagogy and Performance. In December 2019 she is scheduled to complete her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at Wright State University, where she has received both military spouse and graduate music scholarships based on her MBU undergrad GPA. While at MBU, Bethany played vital roles in the music department—as orchestra concertmaster for a few years and as a teacher at Maranatha Music Prep School. Bethany believes both degrees will aid her in achieving her dream of opening her own violin studio: “I’m excited to keep developing my personal violin skills both technically and musically so I will be better equipped to teach my future students.”

Related Majors

Music Education
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Related Minors

Music Education
Music Arranging
String Pedagogy
Church Music
Piano Pedagogy

Potential Career Fields

Professional Musician
Music conservatory administrator
Music studio owner
Early childhood music and movement teacher
Private music instructor
Music pastor
Church musician
Music composer/arranger
Music editor
Conductor

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

David Ledgerwood

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor
Credentials
DMA Music Education, Boston University
MA Sacred Music, Pensacola Christian College
MA Music Theory and Composition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
BS Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

David Brown

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor
Credentials
DMA Choral Conducting, University of Missouri
MM Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University
BA Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University

Melody Steinbart

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor
Credentials
MM Violin Performance, East Carolina University
BA String Pedagogy, Maranatha Baptist University

Janet Tschida

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor
Credentials
MA Music Education, University of St. Thomas
BS Music, Maranatha Baptist University

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