At Concordia, you can learn about music history and theory, and earn credit toward your degree by being in an ensemble and taking private lessons.

Choosing music as a major or minor is a great stepping stone toward grad school in music performance or a way to display your creative expression while pursuing a second degree in business or biology. Additionally, one of every seven new music educators in Minnesota comes out of Concordia.

Programs of Study

Music 

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Minor in Music

Minor in Church Music 

Music Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music (K-12 Music Education) – Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts in Music (K-12 Music Education) – Vocal Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Music Education – Vocal Emphasis

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Vocal Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano Emphasis

Music Composition

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Bachelor of Music

While earning a Bachelor of Music degree, about two-thirds of your coursework will be in music. While some of the liberal arts requirements are waived for Bachelor of Music students, there are still a few courses that will give you a well-rounded education. An audition is required at the end of your first year for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

While earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, you will major in music with all of the benefits of a liberal arts education. Approximately one-third of your coursework will be in music, with the rest fulfilling the core liberal arts requirements and a minor area of study if you choose.

Minor in Church Music

The minor in church music is designed to accompany other Bachelor of Arts majors at Concordia. Music majors may also enroll in the church music minor. The requirements for the minor are 26 credits and encompass music studies, applied lessons, ensemble participation and 12 unique credits in the area of church music studies.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • 4 credits from contextual studies courses 
  • 8 credits in music electives
  • 8 credits in private instruction or class piano (eight 1-credit courses)
  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

It is suggested that students concentrate the elective courses within a single area – music theory and composition, music history and literature, conducting or pedagogy. Credits in private lesson instruction may not be used to fulfill the 8-credit requirement in music electives.

Private Instruction in the Bachelor of Music Program

All students majoring in programs leading to the Bachelor of Music are required to take private instruction in a major instrument, voice or composition, and a minor instrument or voice. Students majoring in instrumental music should have adequate foundation in preliminary study of their major instrument.

Students take the 200-level courses in private instruction for 1 or 2 credits, according to the following guidelines:

  • Major instrument or voice: 2 credits are given for each course to all first-year and sophomore majors in the Bachelor of Music programs, and to juniors and seniors majoring in music education or composition, for private instruction in the student’s major instrument or voice. Students receive two half-hour lessons per week in their major instrument or voice and are expected to practice three hours daily. 
  • Minor instrument or voice: 1 credit is given to all majors for each course of private instruction in a student’s minor instrument or voice. One hour of daily practice and one half-hour lesson are required per week.
    • MUS 261 – Voice, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 263 – Brass, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 264 – Composition, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 265 – Woodwinds, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 266 – Piano, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 267 – Strings, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 268 – Percussion, 1 to 2 credits. E.
    • MUS 269 – Organ, 1 to 2 credits. E.
  • Composition: MUS 264 – Composition may be taken as 1 credit starting in the freshman year, or 2 credits beginning in the sophomore year, such that 4 credits have been completed by the end of the sophomore year. At 1 credit, students receive one half-hour lesson per week and are expected to compose 60 minutes daily. At 2 credits, students receive one, one-hour lesson per week and are expected to compose 120 minutes daily. 

Juniors and seniors majoring in voice performance, instrumental music, or composition take the 400-level courses of private instruction in their respective area of focus. Students receive a weekly, one-hour lesson in their area of focus and are expected to practice or compose three hours daily. 4 credits are granted.

  • MUS 461 – Voice, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 463 – Brass, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 464 – Composition, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 465 – Woodwinds, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 466 – Piano, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 467 – Strings, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 468 – Percussion, 4 credits. E.
  • MUS 469 – Organ, 4 credits. E.

Private Instruction Policies

Registration for private music lessons is on a semester basis. At the end of each semester, each student registered for private instruction must perform for a panel of music faculty members. Note carefully these regulations regarding private instruction:

  • Students entering not later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester must pay in full for private instruction.
  • If lessons are discontinued during the semester, no refund is made after the eighth week of the semester.
  • Only in the case of illness of more than two weeks’ duration are fees refunded for absences from lessons.
  • Students are charged for lessons missed unless they notify the instructor a reasonable time in advance of an absence. Lessons missed on legal and special holidays and during organization tours are not made up.
  • Students are permitted to change instructors with the consent of the department chair.
  • Students registered in the department of music are not permitted to take private lessons for credit from instructors who are not faculty members of Concordia College.

Ensemble Courses

Ensemble courses may not be applied toward fulfilling the requirements in private instruction for a major or minor. Participation in a music ensemble is required for majors and minors in music as follows:

  • Bachelor of Arts majors (not music education) and minors must participate for two years.
  • Bachelor of Music students and Bachelor of Arts teaching majors must participate each semester of enrollment.

Because participation in many ensembles is open to students who are not majors or minors in music, detailed descriptions of these organizations are included under Expanded Academic Opportunities on Page 27.

  • MUS 170 – The Concordia Orchestra, 0 credit. E. 
  • MUS 172 – The Concordia College Symphonia, 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 174 – Kantorei (mixed chorus), 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 175 – Cantabile (women’s chorus), 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 176 – The Concordia Choir, 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 177 – The Concordia Chapel Choir, 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 181 – The Concordia Band, 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 182 – The Concordia Symphonic Band, 0 credit. E. and Concordia Echo Band, 0 credit. E.
  • MUS 188 – Percussion Ensemble, 0 credit. E.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

**MUS 425/426 OR MUS 427/428

8 credits from Contextual Studies, including 2 courses from the following:

8 credits from Contextual Studies courses including at least one of the following:

2 credits from Creative Applications courses

Successful completion of the K-12 required coursework (see Education: Curriculum In Secondary/K-12 Education)

In order to receive the endorsement of the music department, music education students must pass the piano proficiency exam prior to, or during the semester preceding student teaching.

  • 12 credits of private instruction or class piano (12 1-credit courses).

    Instrumental music education majors must demonstrate competence in voice, usually accomplished through taking MUS 431 – Voice Class, which may count as one of the 1-credit courses required in private instruction. String education majors with violin or viola as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on cello/bass. String education majors with cello or bass as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on violin/viola. It is highly recommended that vocal music education students register for MUS 121 – English Diction, 1 credit.

  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an ensemble is required each semester of enrollment.

  • One appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

10 credits in music electives. Music in private lesson instruction may not be used to fulfill the requirement in music electives.

6 credits of private instruction or class piano (six 1-credit courses)

0 credits in ensemble (four semesters)

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

8 credits from Contextual Studies courses including 2 from the following:

8 credits from contextual studies courses including at least one course from the following:

6 credits from music elective courses

24 credits from non-music elective courses

28 credits of private instruction:

  • 8 credits in the student’s major instrument at the 200-level (four 2-credit courses)
  • 16 credits of private instruction in the major instrument at the 400-level (four 4-credit courses)
  • 4 credits in the student’s minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)

0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

0 credits in chamber music (two semesters). Participation in chamber music is required for two semesters by enrolling in MUS 188, 193, 195, 197 or 199

Seven student recitals:

  • one appearance each semester in a general student recital in the major instrument in the first and sophomore years
  • a half-recital in the major instrument in the junior year
  • a full senior recital on the major instrument
  • one appearance in a general student recital or studio recital in the minor instrument

World-Class Faculty

Music Ensembles

You don't have to be a music major to join an ensemble at Concordia. Check out our music ensemble opportunities!

Scholarships and Auditions

Concordia offers competitive music performance scholarships to vocalists, instrumentalists and composers.

Performances and Events

The music department hosts numerous events during the year that bring community members to campus.

Special Opportunities

Take advantage of all the special opportunities in Concordia's music department, like studying abroad and community activities and outreach.

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National Association of Schools of Music

Concordia's Department of music is an accredited member of the National Association of School of Music.

Pi Kappa Lambda

Kappi Xi is the Department of Music's chapter of the national honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda. 

Contact

Department of Music

Hvidsten Hall