God has woven the beautiful gift of music into the fabric of humanity—it’s part of being made in His image. For Christians, music takes on even more importance since it is one of the ways we communicate the beauty of God’s majesty and holiness as we worship Him and exhort one another.
At BJU you will go beyond an excellent education in the musical arts. You’ll grow in your knowledge of the God Who made you—the One Who created music for His glory. And more than that, you’ll deepen your relationship with Him and learn to imitate the God Who rejoices over His people with singing.
Degree programs are available in one of the following: piano, organ, voice, orchestral instrument, composition and conducting.
BJU’s master of music in performance prepares you for a career as a solo/collaborative performer, a symphony musician, or a studio instructor at the collegiate level. In addition to courses in music history, literature and theory, you’ll take private lessons as you prepare for your two recitals.
In addition, you’ll conduct scholarly research in musicology in your field and explore the innovation, development and culmination of stylistic features in the Western classical tradition.
All students studying in the Division of Graduate Studies in the School of Fine Arts and Communication are required to audition. This audition is used to evaluate your background and determine your potential as a graduate student.
All graduate students in the Division of Music must take the music theory placement test to determine if you’ll need to register for a music theory review course (graduate credit not available for this course).
BJU’s performance faculty bring 30–40 years’ experience in the field to their classrooms and studios, as well as their education from PhD, MEd and DMA programs at leading universities.
Many currently perform in area orchestras such as Greenville Symphony and Spartanburg Philharmonic orchestras.
Through individualized instruction, they’ll train you to excel in your career, and more importantly, they’ll challenge you to make biblically based decisions and to reflect Christlikeness in all you do.
An important part of the performance program is the recital. Requirements depend on what instrument you choose—if you are a student in voice, organ or an orchestral instrument, you’ll present a 50-minute solo recital, most likely during your final semester of study. Pianists will present two 50-minute recitals—one chamber and one solo. Regardless of which principle you go into, you’ll learn how to choose pieces, put together a program, and coordinate with others as you get ready for your recital. And more than that, the recital provides excellent motivation to sharpen your technical skills and give you practice performing for an audience.
There are more than 20 groups you can get involved in, ranging from a number of larger choirs to smaller instrumental ensembles. These groups will give you experience as one part of a whole, so you’ll be better prepared to lead others in similar situations.
Gustafson Fine Arts Center Music Library
Available for your use are more than:
- 15,000 bound scores
- 5,500 chamber and choral music pieces
- 7,200 biographies and books on music
- 7,100 LP recordings
- 8,220 musical CDs
- 850 musical DVDs
In addition, you have online music resources such as Music Index Online, IPA Source, and JSTOR Music Collection.
Practice studios, each equipped with an upright piano or a grand piano, are available for your use across campus (including in a few residence halls). These studios are in addition to faculty members’ studios, which come equipped with grand pianos. If you’re focusing on organ performance, you can practice and perform on a number of fine instruments that are scattered across campus.
The piano lab contains several Yamaha Clavinovas that give you additional tonal flexibilities. Each Clavinova comes equipped with MIDI ports so you can easily compose, record and share files with the help of computer software.
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.
Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
The following courses are required:
- Research & Writing in Music
- Stylistic Analysis
- Stylistic Analysis
- Music Electives (12 credits)
- Private Composition (10 credits)
4 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
Each student will:
- Conduct scholarly research in musicology as it relates to one's performance field.
- Trace the innovation, development and culmination of stylistic features in the Western classical tradition.
- Perform a recital at an advanced level, reflecting a synthesis of music history, literature, theory and applied technique.