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.
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.
The Bachelor of Science degree in music is paired with math/science courses that prepare students for a professional program in the sciences. The degree includes courses in mathematics and science and prepares students for the MCAT exam at the end of the junior year.
We offer many ensembles and other opportunities within the School of Music.
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.
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.