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 be able to demonstrate performance skills on their primary instrument/voice, as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.
  • Students will be able to discriminate, aurally identify, visually identify, and evaluate the structures of music.
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of historical foundations to the description, performance, and analysis of music from all recognized historical stylistic periods, with an emphasis on Western music practices.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension, and be able to articulate the role, of music in all cultures as viewed from a biblical perspective.
  • Students will learn to locate, read, and evaluate current musical and educational research.
  • Students will demonstrate strong commitment to lifelong professional and spiritual development, and to lifelong application of their musical knowledge and skills in local church ministry.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in individual and group vocal and instrumental teaching strategies, and in comprehension of the basic concepts of institutional music program development.

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Introductory Music Seminar (0)
  • Aural Skills Foundations (2)
  • Basic Music Literature (3)
  • Primary Proficiency Lesson* (2)
  • Introduction to Vocal Studies *** (1)
  • Secondary Proficiency Lesson (1)
  • Repertoire (0)
  • Performing Group (0.5)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)

Total Credits: 13.5/14.5

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)
  • Old or New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 13.5

* Piano or Instrumental Proficiency

***Voice Proficiency

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 | Instructor


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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