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Program Overview

Program Overview

Music is a diverse, exhilarating field. So put yourself in Nashville — Music City — and get a head start on your musical career. No matter what you want to do with music, our outstanding faculty will be available to support you every step of the way. The size of our program guarantees access to guest artists and excellent resources. We'll connect you to internships and help you network. Scholars, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have a heart for mentoring lead our small classes and ensembles —  they’re ready to help you develop your unique gifts and abilities into a career where you can work and serve.

Pursue your passion for music with our Bachelor of Arts degree. We've designed it to be flexible so you can grow in music, however you prefer. You'll get private lessons in your primary performance area and have the option for lessons in another area as well. Our students have freedom when senior recital comes around: standard format or unexpectedly creative. 

Prepare yourself to teach others about your passion for music. Our Bachelor of Music in Music Education leads to K-12 licensure in Tennessee — which is transferable to other states. So let us prepare you to teach in vocal/general or instrumental music. Guided by experienced teaching faculty in the College of Education, you'll learn how to plan and install classroom lessons and gain experience working and observing in public schools. You'll practice teaching and rehearsing performance ensembles, too.

Our Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is especially for students who plan to work full-time as a professional performing musician. Our professional faculty will mentor you and work with you in private studio lessons. You'll gain experience as you perform as a soloist and prepare junior and senior recitals. You'll grow during auditions, competitions and workshops. Once you've earned your degree, you'll be ready to open your own teaching studio, start your performance career or move on to graduate study.

Learn to write and compose music in diverse styles for performance with our Bachelor of Music in Composition. You'll get one-on-one private lessons from a faculty mentor. You'll get to prepare your junior and senior recitals and even submit your compositions for competitions or workshops. When you graduate, you'll be ready to start your career as a full-time, professional composer, or move on to graduate study.

If you want to be a health care professional but have dedicated yourself to music, the Bachelor of Science degree in Music is perfect for you. We've designed curriculum that pairs math and science classes with music. You'll have the opportunity to work with science faculty in research projects as you continue in your dedication to music. You'll be well-prepared for the MCAT exam at the end of your junior year.

We offer many ensembles and other opportunities within the School of Music. 

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

As a student choosing to pursue either a major or minor in classical music or a worship ministry major at Lipscomb University, you will be required to complete a performance audition and a music theory placement exam. A music scholarship audition may meet this audition requirement, or you may play or sing for the music faculty prior to the end of your first semester.

The theory placement exam is given during the summer when you come for your ADVANCE session. The theory faculty use the exam to determine which beginning theory class (Fundamentals of Music or Music Theory I) will provide the most appropriate placement.

Courses

Courses

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships

All music majors and minors may audition for scholarships. These awards are based solely on the audition, and are not tied to any other academic scholarships for which you may be eligible. In addition, instrumentalists may audition for a participation scholarship. All scholarship recipients participate in the appropriate ensemble or, for pianists, the accompanying class.

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Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Ben Blasko

    Ben Blasko

    Director of Instrumental Studies

    As a conductor, Benjamen Blasko has been invited to conduct performances and lead master classes across the U.S. He is a founding member of the Agora Brass Ensemble, made up…

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  • Jerome Reed

    Jerome Reed

    Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano

    Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such…

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  • Gary Wilson

    Gary Wilson

    Chair of the Classical Music Program

    Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting…

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  • Brown Bannister

    Brown Bannister

    Director of the School of Music

    Brown Bannister brings nearly four decades of industry experience to his work as Director of the School of Music. Best known as a successful mentor and producer for top Christian…

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  • Randy Gill

    Randy Gill

    Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts

    Gill has a career in higher education, music and worship ministry that spans more than 40 years. For 13 years, Gill was associate professor of music and associate director of…

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  • Donna King

    Donna King

    Chair of the Contemporary Music Program

    Donna King, assistant professor of music, came to Lipscomb University as a piano instructor in 1987 and began full-time teaching in 1999. She teaches music history and music literature courses,…

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  • Nathan Mickle

    Nathan Mickle

    Visiting Professor of Music

    Nathan Mickle teaches music theory, piano, a commercial ensemble, and arranging. He attended the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where he completed a Master of Music degree…

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  • Sarah Bailey

    Adjunct Faculty - Music

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  • Thomas Harbin

    Thomas Harbin

    Adjunct Faculty - Music

    Thomas Harbin serves as an adjunct professor of piano in the commercial and classical departments at Lipscomb. He has been a member of the Belmont piano faculty since 2016 and…

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  • Bill Delvaux

    Bill Delvaux

    Bill Delvaux is the Director of Landmark Journey Ministries, organized in 2012. He brings a rich background of 30+ years of pastoral ministry and classroom experience into his teaching, writing,…

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  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor of Film & Creative Media

    Filmmaker/writer/producer/recording artist Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that’s garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly, Addy and Dove awards and nominations. A…

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  • Matt Billingslea

    Adjunct Faculty - Music

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Career Paths

Musicians and Singers

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.


Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.

Conductors and Composers

Conductors lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.