Excellence in music, strong in faith
You have a God-given passion for music, and want to turn it into a career. For those looking to sing or play music as a profession, this is the music degree program for you! Extensive extra study in your particular performance area during this degree program has prepared many students for a variety of musical fields as well as successful graduate-level work. The music degree is one of our most flexible programs, and provides an excellent way to combine studies with other majors, such as Music Education, Church Music, or Christian Worship.
Personalized Preparation for a Competitive Career
As a music major, you will apply principles of the Christian faith in different musical and life settings. You do this through dedication to excellence in the study of music theory (scales, chords, chord progressions, musical forms, etc.), music history, conducting, keyboard proficiency, ensemble participation, as well as diligent practice in your applied instrument (voice, piano, organ, and wind, percussion or string instruments). You'll get to apply musical concepts using a specialized computer lab. Our highly skilled professors take a personal interest in guiding and inspiring you to achieve the plan God has for your musical, spiritual, and intellectual life. They will help you develop performance techniques and poise to prepare you for the highly competitive world of music performance.
In our music degree program, students have many opportunities such as playing in professional orchestras and bands, landing record deals, leading large and small church music programs, building large pipe and electronic organs, successful music composing, careers on professional stages, and successfully completing graduate and doctoral degrees. Choir and band students have participated in the South Carolina honor ensembles. They have been involved in conducting master classes sponsored by the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Is the Music Degree Program right for you?
You might consider a music major if you have experienced the transformational power of music, and want to use that power to change the world. You have a passion to discover everything you can about the inner workings of musical style, performance practices, and how a truly great musician does what he or she does. Those in the field of music end up being societal leaders because of their understanding of how God can use the power of music to positively affect the lives of people. If you are driven to succeed, have a passion for creative expression, and have a fundamental understanding of music including a basic ability to read musical notes, you may be ready to be a music major.
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