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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 experienced faculty will 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. The scholars, musicians, and entrepreneurs who lead our small classes and ensembles have a heart for mentoring, and are ready to help you develop your unique gifts and abilities into a career that not only fulfills you, but also inspires and serves others.

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Other Music Degrees

Lipscomb School of Music offers several other degrees, including Music Industry Studies, Worship Arts, and Commercial Music (Singer Songwriter and Production). Please follow the link below for more information. 

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

We are thrilled that you are interested in pursuing one of the degrees in the School of Music. The following steps must be completed before entering any of the music degree programs.

  1. Lipscomb University Application
  2. School of Music application (within the University application).
  3. Pre-screening audition video
  4. On-site or live zoom audition

Pre-screening Audition Material

  • Early decision: October 15, 2022
  • Final deadline: Extended - January 30th, 2023

Please refer to the audition guidelines for specific repertoire.

Audition Guidelines

Early Decision

Students who would like to be given priority for scholarships are highly encouraged to opt for early decision. In this process, students will submit their pre-screening video by October 15, 2022 and audition on campus on November 12. Students opting for early decision will be notified about acceptance and scholarships no later than December 1.

Audition Dates

Pre-screening audition materials deadline has been extended to January 30th, 2023.

  • November 12, 2022 - On Campus (This date is reserved for students who have opted for early decision)
  • January 21, 2023 - On Campus and Virtual Auditions
  • February 18, 2023 - On Campus and Virtual Auditions (Last date to be considered for music scholarship)
  • March 25, 2023 - Virtual Auditions for admission only. No scholarships will be awarded.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email music [at]



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, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, 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 headshot

    Ben Blasko

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Ben Blasko is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Lipscomb University where he oversees the vision for instrumental ensembles & private instruction. Ben holds degrees from the University of...

    Meet Ben Blasko
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    Jerome Reed


    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, giving recitals and...

    Meet Jerome Reed
  • Brown Bannister

    Brown Bannister

    Assistant Professor and 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...

    Meet Brown Bannister
  • Randy Gill headshot

    Randy Gill

    Associate Professor

    Randy Gill is an Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to Lipscomb in 2018, Dr Gill spent more than twenty years as a...

    Meet Randy Gill
  • Donna King headshot

    Donna King

    Associate Professor

    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,...

    Meet Donna King
  • Sarah Bailey

    Sarah Bailey

    Adjunct Faculty

    Meet Sarah Bailey
  • Steve Taylor

    Steve Taylor

    Assistant Professor

    Steve Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist who earned his "Renaissance Man" stripes (Prism Magazine) from a body of work that's garnered him multiple Grammy, Billboard, Telly,...

    Meet Steve Taylor

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.