The School of Music shares Lipscomb University’s commitment to Christian liberal arts education and functions as an integral part of that commitment. Our mission is to lead students to an appreciation and comprehension of the creative spirit across time and culture, within the context of the Christian faith.
Recognizing that music is an integral part of a liberal arts education, the School of Music seeks to provide:
- Innovative instruction for students pursuing careers in traditional and non-traditional music fields;
- Engaging opportunities for each university student to participate in rich and varied musical experiences;
- Enriching events for the university and larger comity to experience music through concerts and collaborative workshops; and valuable resources for church music ministries.
On April 2015, Lipscomb University achieved internationally respected “All-Steinway” status and now provides its students only Steinway pianos for lessons, practicing and performing, moving to the higher level of musicianship this superb instrument provides and demands.
Distinctives of the Music Department
The Lipscomb University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department School of Music is also the first in the nation to require music majors to sit for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams. Any incoming freshman student who has already passed the ABRSM Grade 8 Exam and wishes to major in music automatically qualifies for a music scholarship of $1,000 per semester.
The School of Music collaborates with the College of Bible and Ministry to offer an interdisciplinary major in worship ministry to provide students with the knowledge and skills to assist congregations in meaningful, purposeful times of worship.
The school's applied music classes and private lessons are taught by full-time faculty, adjuncts or private instructors selected from the wealth of talent available in Nashville, including members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and leading studio musicians.
Private lessons and ensembles are open to all university students. Performance opportunities include: A Cappella Singers, University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, New Music Ensemble, String Ensemble and various chamber groups. Internships in music-related fields are available.
SALT participation opportunities are provided within the distinctive performance context offered by the music school.