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


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.

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.

Emily Ihde '19 on Music Program

Coming in as a music education major, I knew Concordia was known for its outstanding education program as well as its music program. What really sold me was the tour I took as a senior in high school. I remember meeting Dr. Haberman and my private instructor, Karin Wakefield, and the wholesomeness and realness I felt from them just felt like home.

Making Music at Concordia

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A Lasting Legacy

Following this academic year, Dr. René Clausen will conclude his career conducting The Concordia Choir after 34 years at Concordia College.

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Behind the Scenes of the Concordia Christmas Concert

An annual tradition in its 93rd year, get a glimpse of the making of this year’s Concordia Christmas Concert, “My Spirit Sings.”

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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. 


Department of Music

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