The Music major is designed to provide a solid, broad-based foundation in the understanding, teaching, and performance of music, with emphases in eight areas: arts administration, church music, contemporary music, music and missions, performance, piano pedagogy, psychology, and theory/composition. The major prepares students for careers such as private teaching, performance, music business or management, music ministry, and graduate study.

Requirements total 50-61 hours. This includes 35 hours from the music core and 15-26 hours of emphasis-related courses. Four hours of the major requirements meet general education requirements.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music will be able to:

  • improve continuously as solo and ensemble performers, progressing through the sequence of repertoire for their performance medium
  • demonstrate basic keyboard proficiency as indicated in published standards specific to their primary performance medium and/or emphasis area
  • demonstrate an increased understanding of basic theoretical constructs of the music of the common practice period and the twentieth century
  • exhibit a level of aural understanding corresponding to their understanding of written theoretical constructs
  • comprehend and be able to articulate theories, genres, instruments, composers, literature, and performance practice central to each style period
  • demonstrate an ability in basic musicological research through familiarity with major reference tools as well as secondary source material in the student's applied area of study
  • relate the study of music to contemporary society in a way that prepares them to make a significant contribution to the community and to the church
  • engage a philosophy of music in worship that is thoughtfully formulated and grounded in biblical and aesthetic integrity
  • articulate and embrace a philosophy of teaching which reflects a Christian worldview in its commitment to each individual as uniquely valuable, and to the subject matter as inherently significant
  • broaden their experience of music and the performing arts by attending and critiquing local musical and cultural events appropriate to their areas of performance and scholarship

Graduation Requirements

In addition to fulfilling all college graduation requirements, BA degree requirements, and major course requirements, in order to graduate with a major in Music, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Perform a solo entrance audition in the intended primary performance medium (i.e., voice, piano, organ, guitar, harp, percussion, or an orchestral string, brass, or woodwind instrument) and gain acceptance into the major
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more in applied study (i.e., private lessons) in that primary performance medium, completing at least 8 hours of credit in lessons at the 25x, 35x, or 45x level in that medium and enrolling in lessons in that medium during every semester of full-time enrollment in the program [Note: This requirement cannot be met by combining lesson credits in two or more performance media (e.g., voice and piano).]
  3. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or more in all courses with the prefixes MUE, MUH, MUT, or MUW (whether required or elective)
  4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more in the large ensemble appropriate to the primary performance medium, as assigned by the Music Department—typically MUZ 270 for vocalists and some pianists, organists, and guitarists; MUZ 280 for brass and woodwind players, percussionists, and some pianists, organists, and guitarists; or MUZ 290 for string players (including harpists, but not guitarists)—enrolling in that ensemble during every semester of full-time enrollment in the program
    1. In addition to regular on-campus rehearsals and performances and participation in the fall performing ensembles retreat:
      1. Enrollment in the Concert Choir requires participation in local church concerts throughout the year, tours during the college spring break and/or the month of May, and in oratorio and music theater rehearsals and performances
      2. Enrollment in the Orchestra requires participation in oratorio and music theater rehearsals and performances
      3. Enrollment in the Symphonic Band requires participation in local church concerts throughout the year, tours during the college spring break and/or the month of May, and in pep band rehearsals and performances
    2. This requirement cannot be met by combining credits in two or more ensembles (e.g., choir and band).
  5. Demonstrate keyboard proficiency appropriate to the major, emphasis area, and primary performance medium (as stipulated by the Music Department) in a practical examination administered by members of the piano faculty (at times scheduled during finals week each semester), enrolling in keyboard skills classes and/or private piano lessons (i.e., MUZ 156, MUZ 161, MUZ 162, MUZ 256, MUZ 261, MUZ 262, MUZ 356, or MUZ 456) each semester until all proficiency requirements have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the examiners (or to the satisfaction of the private lesson teacher, for students whose primary performance medium is piano or organ)
  6. Declare at least one emphasis area (see below), and fulfill all requirements of that emphasis
Required Courses
MUT 111Introduction to the Music Major1
MUT 499Senior Seminar in Music1
MUH 241Introduction Music History and Literature3
MUE 331Basic Conducting3
MUH 341Music History I3
MUH 342Music History II3
MUT 121Music Theory I3
MUT 122Aural Skills I1
MUT 221Music Theory II3
MUT 222Aural Skills II1
MUT 223Music Theory III3
MUT 224Aural Skills III1
MUT 322Aural Skills IV1
MUZ 250-259, MUZ 350-359, MUZ 450-4598
Strongly Suggested
Music in Worship
Each music major must choose at least one of the following eight emphases:15-26
Total Hours50-61


Arts Administration Emphasis

BUS 113Principles of Marketing3
BUS 115Human Resources Management3
BUS 353Management of Change3
BUS 372X/CM 372XNonprofit Management3
BUS 373XNonprofit Financial Management3
Strongly Recommended
Social Entrepreneurship
Total Hours15

Church Music Emphasis

MUW 335Musicianship for Worship3
MUW 437XMusic in Worship3
MUW 438Worship Resources3
MUW 450Church Music Internship3
MUE, MUH, or MUT elective3
One course selected from the following options3
Christian Doctrine
Ministry in its Cultural Context
Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry
Principles of Ministry Programming
Relational Skills for Ministry
Total Hours18

Significant work in biblical studies strongly recommended

Contemporary Music Emphasis

This emphasis area consists in its entirety of one semester’s study at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Contemporary Music Center (CMC) in Nashville, Tennessee. The CMC program concerns the origination, performance, production, and distribution of music intended to make a profit in the today’s entertainment marketplace, i.e., “commercial” music. The CMC curriculum includes two core seminars—”Faith, Music and Culture” and “Introduction to the Music Industry”—a choice between three elective tracks (artist, business, or technical), and a capstone practicum "CMC Tour." Prerequisites: MUH 241, MUT 223, MUT 322, MUE 331, and at least 6 hours of applied music lessons (MUZ 150-MUZ 459); admission to the CMC; and approval of the Associate Dean. (For more about this option, see the description under “Special Programs: Off Campus.”)

Please note: Admission to this off-campus study program is highly competitive; there are enrollment limits at the CMC itself and quotas at Trinity for approval of involvement in off-campus programs. Thus, the Music Department cannot guarantee that all students wanting to pursue this emphasis will be able to do so, and students would be well advised to consider other emphasis areas as well, in case they are not approved or admitted to the CMC program in either the fall or spring semester of their junior year or the fall semester of their senior year.

Music and Missions Emphasis

BRS 360XFoundations of Intercultural Ministries3
BRS/PH 363XSurvey of Religious Diversity3
CM 260Introduction to Intercultural Ministry3
MUH 211Survey of World Music3
MUW 437XMusic in Worship3
Accelerated MA Intercultural Studies (double degree)
Total Hours15

Performance Emphasis

MUT 361Music Analysis3
Additional credit hours (not used to satisfy music core requirement) of MUZ 250- MUZ 259, MUZ 350- MUZ 359, MUZ 450- MUZ 4593
MUH elective3
Half recital (MUZ 350- MUZ 359) and full recital (MUZ 450- MUZ 459) required
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Instrumentation and Orchestration
Music Ensemble
Diction for Singers
Vocal Performance Workshop
Music Ensemble (or additional hour lessons)
Total Hours15

Piano Pedagogy Emphasis

MUE 323Piano Pedagogy and Literature3
MUE 445Internship in Piano Pedagogy2
MUT 361Music Analysis3
MUZ 210Music Ensemble1
MUH Elective3
MUT Elective3
Half recital required (MUZ 350- MUZ 359)
Highly Recommended
Educational Psychology/Human Development
Full recital recommended (MUZ 450- MUZ 459)
Total Hours15

Psychology Emphasis

Note: For this emphasis area, students must demonstrate guitar proficiency, and must choose the courses indicated by an asterisk (*) to fulfill General Education Requirements:

Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
BIO 140Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PSY 285XStatistics *4
Personal Growth, Health and Wellness
PSY 140Introduction to Psychology *3
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills Training
Crisis Intervention
Psychology of Addiction
Select two of the following:6
Personality Theories
Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Learning
Select two of the following:6
Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Therapeutic Psychology
Total Hours26

Theory/Composition Emphasis

MUT 363Instrumentation and Orchestration3
MUT 445Senior Project in Music Theory/Composition2
MUT 462Stylistic Composition3
MUZ 250 - MUZ 259; MUZ 350 - MUZ 359; MUZ 450 - MUZ 459 Advanced Level Private Lessons-Composition4
Choose One:3
Music Analysis
Modal Counterpoint
Total Hours15