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Music

Bachelor of Science or Arts

A flexible program with the option of a double major

Overview

Take your love for musicianship, artistry and ensemble, and combine it with practical experience and intensive training to forge your future. Combine additional areas of study outside of music to build a program that will help you meet your future goals and give you career options across a broad range of fields. This program is one the most flexible music programs allowing you to gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge.

Available Principals

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

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Program

BJU’s music programs prepare you for a career in many creative fields, from arts education outreach to public relations or studio work. You’ll build a solid foundation in musical theory, history and technology. And you’ll sharpen skills in performance so you can grow as a musician and play your instrument expertly. You’ll have private study on your principal with the option of performing a senior recital.

The flexible program integrates music studies with a second field of your choice. You have the option to combine your love of music with fields such as business, communications, health science, audio/video studio production, or cross-cultural studies leading to a double major.

Crafted in collaboration with a faculty advisor, your program mixes musicianship with a wide variety of liberal arts options. The program culminates in an experiential learning internship with a local music industry or arts organization.

The program is available as either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts depending on the courses that you take.

Audition

When you arrive for your first semester, you’ll need to audition so your music background and current skill level can be evaluated. The audition will help the music faculty assess your potential as a music student and will give them a good idea of how to equip you to reach that potential. One to three faculty members may be present for your audition.

BJU Core

Liberal arts courses will help you develop essential life skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and effective communication—skills necessary for flexibility in your career. The importance of communication skills cannot be overstated for a musician, and these core courses will enhance your powers of expression.

In addition, your Bible courses will connect your pursuit of God to all of life. These courses will encourage you to make your relationship with God your top priority, and to view your ethics and practices in your career through God’s Word.

Electives

One of the strengths of the program is the wide selection of electives available. You can use these electives to dive even deeper into your interests or take a course just for the fun of it. Popular elective courses include foreign languages, business, communication and philosophy/psychology.

Your Future

Jobs

The music program at BJU opens the door to many career possibilities.

  • Orchestra performer
  • Band performer
  • Solo performer
  • Private studio instructor
  • Studio musician
  • Church musician
  • Business
  • Business

Career Support

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.

Learning Experience

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Music Groups

Membership in the University’s bands, orchestras or choirs will provide you with unparalleled opportunities for further development of your musicianship under the direction of our accomplished faculty conductors. You will also be challenged to achieve your best in your chosen principal through private lessons, culminating in a senior recital.

Internship

Your internship is also an important part of your experience. You’ll be able to take the things that you are learning and use them in a real-world environment.

The Gustafson Fine Arts Center Music Library

In addition to a variety of online music resources, the Music Library offers you access to:

  • 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

Performances

At BJU, you’ll experience a variety of excellent performances—as a performer and as a member of the audience. You’ll grow through personal performances, large and small ensemble recitals, the Concerto and Aria Competition, annual music contests, and student recital hours.

Additionally, you’ll be exposed to accomplished artists in the Concert, Opera & Drama Series, such as the King’s Singers, Canadian Brass and Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Practice Resources

Music practice is invaluable, and we have a number of resources available to help you master your instrument. Practice rooms are available in 4 buildings campus-wide, and you can take advantage of a music computer lab that is equipped with composition software such as Finale and MuseScore.

Faculty

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Paul Overly

Division of Music

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BJU’s music faculty are graduates of some of America’s finest graduate schools. Many currently perform in area orchestras such as Greenville Symphony and Spartanburg Philharmonic orchestras.

Some have also been winners in prestigious national contests such as the MTNA Collegiate Brass graduate division and the Holland America Music Society.

Courses & Objectives

Sample Course Outline

  • Program
  • BJU Core

    Program Objectives

    Each student will:

    • Perform with proficiency in a variety of musical settings and styles.
    • Critique musical works and performances from a biblically informed understanding of creativity and aesthetics.
    • Articulate an understanding of music as it relates to culture and human enterprise past, present and future.

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