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Department of Music

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 a proficiency and concentrations enables you to be best prepared for the diversity demanded of today’s music professionals in the workforce and in the church.Compiling documentation of these areas of expertise on your professional transcript makes you more marketable as you pursue a career in music.

OUR GOALS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

MBU’s music faculty prepare you for opportunities for leadership, education, or performance. Envision a career in music—as a professional performer, studio owner, or private instructor. Learn how to confidently share your love of music with others.

Musician

Students leave with a well-developed understanding of music history, theory, and varied performance opportunities.

Educator

Students receive mentored instructional opportunities at Maranatha Music Prep School and through student teaching.

Entrepreneur

Students gain practical skills for studio ownership or beginning a music business.

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The Music Core

Completion of the academic music core gives music students a comprehensive education in western art music within a biblical ethos. This music core is an essential part of equipping students with a thorough foundation 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. For the past several years, music seniors have scored in the top 8% nationwide on their music history and theory exams. Last year the department scored in the top 1%. Our music alumni have been admitted into major universities, and multiple students have earned graduate study scholarships.

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Over 30% of the student body participates in music at Maranatha. Faculty and students cultivate a campus-wide appreciation for music by encouraging the student body to participate in music performing groups. Explore the following options.

MAJORS: Music Education or Music with six concentration options
MINORS: Piano Pedagogy, Church Music, String Pedagogy, Music Arranging, Music Education
PERSONAL ENRICHMENT: lessons, choirs, band, orchestra, enrichment music courses such as Fundamentals of Music Theory, Hymn Playing 1 and 2, Beginning Piano, Music Appreciation, and more.

OUR GRADS
ARE GOING PLACES

Recently Attended Graduate Schools

Eastman School of Music
University of Michigan
University of Texas-Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Minnesota
San Francisco State University
East Carolina University
Boston University
West Chester University
Texas Tech University
Northern Illinois University
Westminster Choir College
University of Louisville
Bowling Green University
Louisiana State University
Florida State University
Butler University
University of St. Thomas
Bob Jones University

 

TOP 1%

NATIONWIDE

2020 Music Major Field Test

Education Testing Services comparative data

Christina Brier | 2011Music Performance

Director/Teacher, Brooklyn Arts Music Academy, Wilmington, NC

Grace Betry | 2019Piano Pedagogy/Performance

Master of Music, Collaborative Piano-Instrumental, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Piano

Allison Rhodes | 2018Piano Pedagogy

Owner, Perfect Blend Music Studio, Dwight, IL

Justine Ostrander | 2019String Pedagogy/Performance

Master of Violin Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, String

Jade Parker-Kozlow | 2016Piano Pedagogy

Owner, Melodic Sounds Studio, Mio, MI

Linda Estep | 2012String Pedagogy

Director/Teacher, Brooklyn Arts Music Academy, Wilmington, NC

MBU NEWS MUSIC AT MBU

JANET TSCHIDA

Janet Tschida earned a BA in Music from Maranatha and went on to earn a master’s degree in Music Education with a Piano Pedagogy concentration. She is director of Maranatha Music Prep School and is a member of several professional groups, including the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and Music Teachers National Association (nationally certified). She also serves as a committee chair for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Tschida’s teaching philosophy is to actively involve students in every class, combining course content with hands-on learning opportunities. “Most importantly, I hope my students leave my classroom inspired to learn everything they can about the subject matter,” she says.

DR. DAVID BROWN

Dr. David Brown and his wife came to Maranatha to teach in 2003. He says, “I’ve been inspired by men who love the Lord and who have a passion for musical excellence. I want to pass this along to my students.” Before moving to Wisconsin, he had more than 15 years of experience as a church and school music director. He has a BA in Trombone Performance and MM in Trombone Performance from Bob Jones University. He also has a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri.

DR. DAVID BROWN

Dr. David Brown and his wife came to Maranatha to teach in 2003. He says, “I’ve been inspired by men who love the Lord and who have a passion for musical excellence. I want to pass this along to my students.” Before moving to Wisconsin, he had more than 15 years of experience as a church and school music director. He has a BA in Trombone Performance and MM in Trombone Performance from Bob Jones University. He also has a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri.

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