About the Department

The Department 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 Department of Music seeks to:

  • provide each university student with the opportunity for participation in musical experiences,
  • provide the best possible instruction for students who plan to make music their profession,
  • provide cultural service to the community, and
  • provide support for church music ministries.

Distinctives of the Music Department

The Lipscomb University Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department 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 Department 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 department’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, Jazz Vocal 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 department.