At Concordia, you will learn about music history, theory, world music, and sing or play in one of our ensembles.

Choosing music as a major or minor is your first step toward a variety of options, including teaching music, pursuing grad school in music performance, or can be a way to display your creative expression while pursuing a second degree in another field.

Types of Music Degrees

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, you'll still have the opportunity to take a few classes outside of the music department to ensure a well-rounded education. An audition is required for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music program. Please contact Kristen Kocher if you have questions about the audition process.

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, including a minor area of study if you choose. An audition is required for acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts music education program, but the Bachelor of Arts general music degree does not require an audition.

Minors in Music

Similar to our general music major, our music minors are designed to accompany other Bachelor of Arts majors at Concordia.

The requirements for music minors include 26 credits and encompass music studies, applied lessons, and ensemble participation. In addition, 12 unique credits in the area of church music studies are needed for the church music minor. Music majors may also enroll in the church music minor.

Programs of Study

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

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Voice

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano

Music Composition

Bachelor of Music in Composition

General Music Major

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Minor in Music

General Music Minor

Church Music Minor

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

8 credits from Contextual Studies courses including 2 courses from:

At least one of the following courses:

More Additional Requirements:

  • 10 credits from music elective courses
  • 20 credits from non-music elective courses
  • 28 credits of private instruction:
    • 20 credits of private instruction in composition
    • 8 credits of private instruction or class piano as a minor instrument or voice
  • 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.
  • A senior composition recital

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

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

And at least one of the following:

10 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 in the student’s 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 in the major instrument
  • one appearance in a general student recital or studio recital in the minor instrument

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • MUS 425-426 – Choral Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

OR 

  • MUS 427-428 – Instrumental Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

These course listings:

8 credits from Contextual Studies, including 2 courses from:

And at least one of the following:

You must also take:

  • 2 credits from Creative Applications courses
  • 12 credits from non-music elective courses (Bachelor of Music students whose primary instrument is piano are required to take MUS 473 – Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano and MUS 474 – Piano Literature in place of one credit of non-music electives.) 
  • 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.

  • 20 credits of private instruction
    • 16 credits of private instruction in voice or the student’s major instrument (eight 2-credit courses)
    • 4 credits of private instruction in a minor instrument or class piano (four 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 for a minor instrument. 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 appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.
  • Nine student recitals:
    • one appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital
    • a full recital in the major instrument in the senior year (MUS 482 – Senior Recital/Project, 2 credits)

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • MUS 425-426 – Choral Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

OR

  • MUS 427-428 – Instrumental Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

Course Listings:

8 credits from contextual studies courses including 2 courses from:

And at least one of the following:

  • 2 credits from creative applications courses

  • 12 credits from non-music elective courses (Bachelor of Music students whose primary instrument is piano are required to take MUS 473 – Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano and MUS 474 – Piano Literature in place of one credit of non-music electives.)

  • Successful completion of the secondary/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.

  • 20 credits of private instruction
  • 16 credits of private instruction in voice or the student’s major instrument (eight 2-credit courses)
  • 4 credits of private instruction in a minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 42 credits (instrumental emphasis) or 48 credits (vocal emphasis) in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education (instrumental emphasis) or 35 credits (vocal emphasis):

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree with an instrumental emphasis are 42 credits in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education.

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 for a minor instrument. 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 appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.
  • Nine student recitals:
    • one appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital
    • a full recital in the major instrument in the senior year (MUS 482 – Senior Recital/Project, 2 credits)

Vocal Emphasis

 

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree with a vocal emphasis are 48 credits in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 35 credits in education.

 

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:

and at least one of the following:

More Additional Requirements:

  • 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

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

8 credits from contextual studies courses including 2 courses from:

and at least one of the following:

Other Additional Requirements:

  • 2 credits from creative applications courses
  • 6 credits from music elective courses
  • Proficiency in French at the level of FREN 112 – Introduction to the French-Speaking World II, 4 to 8 credits
  • Proficiency in German at the level of GER 112 – Introduction to the German-Speaking World, 4 to 8 credits
  • 12 credits from non-music elective courses
  • 30 credits in private instruction:
    • MUS 261 – 8 credits of Private Voice Instruction (four 2-credit courses)
    • MUS 461 – 16 credits of Private Voice Instruction (four 4-credit courses)
    • MUS 266 – 6 credits of Private Instruction in Piano or class piano (six 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.
  • Six student recitals:
    • one appearance each semester in a general student, or studio class, 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 in the major 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, such as studying abroad and community activities and outreach.

Emily Ihde '19 on the 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.

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