Degree Overview

As a Music major, you have the opportunity to prepare to be a leader in the field of music by taking a well-established music core and choosing two or more areas of expertise: arranging, church music, piano pedagogy, string pedagogy, performance, and general music. Being able to choose multiple areas of expertise enables you to be best prepared for the diversity demanded of today’s music professionals in the workforce and in the church. Compiling on your professional transcript documentation of these areas of expertise makes you more marketable as you pursue a career in music.

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

1st Year

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 Skills 1 (Remedial for Pianists) (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


2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year

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 additional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

David Ledgerwood

David Ledgerwood

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor


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


Melody Steinbart

College of Arts and Sciences | Assistant Professor


MM Violin Performance, East Carolina University

BA String Pedagogy, Maranatha Baptist University

David Brown

David Brown

College of Arts and Sciences | Professor


DMA Choral Conducting, University of Missouri

MM Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University

BA Trombone Performance, Bob Jones University

Janet Tschida - Faculty

Janet Tschida

College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor


MA Music Education, University of St. Thomas

BS Music, Maranatha Baptist University

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