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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 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.

MAJORS

If interested in music education, see Music Education, BS.

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OUR GOALS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

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Musician

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

Educator

Students receive mentored opportunities to develop teaching skills through Maranatha Music Prep and student teaching.

Entrepreneur

Students receive a vision on how they can earn a living in music.

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The Music Core

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. For the past several years, music seniors have scored in the top 8% nationwide on their music history and theory exams. The past year the department scored in the top 1%. Our graduates have been admitted into major universities with some winning scholarships.

The Music Core

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. For the past several years, music seniors have scored in the top 8% nationwide on their music history and theory exams. The past year the department scored in the top 1%. Our graduates have been admitted into major universities with some winning scholarships.

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 Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Music Teachers National Association (Nationally Certified), and 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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