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School of Music

Write Your Own Symphony

The School of Music is the artistic hub of all things music at Lipscomb University. A cornerstone of the College of Entertainment & the Arts, the school represents the intersection of robust musical tradition and current innovation. 

Join students coming from around the world to find their place in Music City. You will experience the rich culture that is Nashville: concerts at the Ryman Auditorium and the Schemerhorn Symphony Center, big names headlining at Bridgestone Arena and Nashville’s top songwriters at the Bluebird Cafe, world-class opera and a stellar Broadway series. 

You will join a community of creative learners who will guide and support you as you develop your own unique talents. Our welcoming, gifted faculty will mentor and challenge you with a forward-thinking musical education that is Nashville-centric and globally informed. We can prepare you to succeed as a concert pianist, session musician, choral director, recording artist, conductor, composer, teacher, producer — and we can help you find the place where you will be prepared to faithfully impact community, nation, and world for the cultural good of all.

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Undergraduate Programs

Earn your music degree in Music City and get the guidance you desire from our professional, well-connected faculty. Your music degree can be centered on contemporary or classical music, education or professional expertise and more.

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McMeen Music Center

The primary hub for the School of Music is the McMeen Music Center adjacent to our largest performance space, Collins Alumni Auditorium. This two-level theatre features the iconic Maybelle Carter Memorial Stage (inaugurated in 2010 by Johnny and June Cash’s son, John Carter). Additional performance spaces include Ward Hall, Shamblin Theatre, Flatt Amphitheatre and the Commercial Music House. We use our spacious Buddy and Bernie Arnold Rehearsal Hall for rehearsal, performance and classes. McMeen Music Center includes faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, a piano and digital production lab, a music library, and practice rooms, including two Wenger practice rooms featuring virtual acoustic simulation technology.

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Commercial House

In keeping with our Nashville-centric approach, we’ve brought a bit of historic Music Row to Lipscomb. Just across campus is a two-story house, the Commercial House that students call the CoHo. There you’ll find a classic Music Row-style production/music publishing house complete with a recording studio, Pro Tools lab, offices, lounge and the requisite platinum records and Grammy Awards. The only difference between Music Row and our space is that we have a classroom. All week long students are visiting the CoHo to learn and create.

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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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  • 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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  • Rod Taylor

    Rod Taylor

    Artist in Residence

    Rod C. Taylor is an award-winning educator, musician, and author. He’s been active in music as a performer and music teacher for over three decades. As a bassist, he’s played…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Undergraduate Programs


Whether you're pursuing further graduate study in music, training as a music professional, or teaching music yourself, you'll find the right degree and gain the experience you need with guidance from our music professionals.