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Music Major

Bethany’s music major includes private study, ensemble participation, music theory, music skills (sight singing, ear training), and music history.

As a music student at Bethany you will enjoy fine facilities for instruction and practice. You will also have the opportunity to join with other students who love to sing and play. Our performance groups aim for polished presentations while providing everyone with the opportunity for refreshment in both rehearsals and performances. Most importantly, Bethany’s music major is built on a strong Christian foundation and understanding of music’s spiritual purpose and strength.

Potential careers in music include: church musician; composer; conductor; music arranger, educator, librarian, or manager; performer; publisher; musical theatre performer; and sound designer.

Music Performance Opportunities

There are numerous choral and instrumental music groups at Bethany. Academic credit is available for participation in many groups to help music students fulfill the major requirements. Private lessons are also available.

Music Facilities

Bethany has great spaces for making music! Here are a few:

Student Stories

Entry into the Major

Students should apply for admission into the degree program at the end of their third semester. Acceptance into the music degree programs requires a minimum 2.8 GPA in the music coursework of the first two years, and three semesters of ensemble and applied music.

Core Requirements

Required General Education Courses for Music:


Required Courses:

Private Music Lessons (MUSC190 Instruction I/290/390/490) 7 cr. 

Minimum of three credits of ensemble music (MUSC130 Concert Choir MUSC135 Concert Band) 3 cr. 


Choose nine credits of the following:  


Students must take one of the following:

Area of Emphasis

Students who major in music may choose courses that form an emphasis to guide and shape their course of study: Church Music, Conducting, or Performance (piano, voice, and instrument).

Church Music

Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the unique musical heritage of the Lutheran Church, and development of a sense of responsibility towards the further cultivation of that heritage through ongoing study, composition and performance. 

Two credits of applied music in a secondary medium



Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate musical direction through the gestures and manners of the accepted conducting techniques. They will also exhibit a technical grasp of the various challenges unique to choral and instrumental conducting.

Two credits of applied music conducting (MUSC390 Instruction IIIF, 490F)

The Music capstone will be a conducting program/project.



Students will demonstrate the technique necessary to perform on their primary instrument; the ability to perform a representative repertoire of the major musical periods; develop fluency in their instrument with the ability to convey appropriate nuance, dynamic range, tempi, language and stylistic conventions; attain a working knowledge of the repertoire; give a convincing performance; display ability to work in small ensembles as well as solo performing; develop the ability to study a composition according to both theoretical and historical elements for performance; structure efficient practice/rehearsal time; display skills necessary to present themselves in various performance settings. 

Students will present a senior capstone recital and may also present a junior recital.

Students are encouraged to complete at least 13 credits of applied music in their primary performance medium (students will register for MUSC290 Instruction II second semester and continue with hour-long weekly lessons for the next six semesters).


Select one primary performance medium noted below and complete the defined coursework. 



The minor in music requires:

Four of the following: 
Three of the following: 
Additional requirements: 
  • Four credits of ensemble music 4 cr.
  • Six credits of private lessons 6 cr.


To view the most recent course list and requirements for the elementary education major, please consult the Academic Catalog.

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Music Faculty

These faculty members teach many of the courses that comprise the Music Major. See also the Music Department.

Next Steps

Interested in studying at Bethany? Scheduling a campus visit is a great way to see what we have to offer. You can meet professors or sit in on a class too! Contact our admissions office to learn more.