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School of Music

Lipscomb School of Music

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

Lipscomb University’s School of Music educates students in a Christian liberal arts community for professional careers. The School is dedicated to preparing students to perform healthily, function with contextual competency, perform collaboratively, with an entrepreneurial mindset fit for the contemporary musical landscape. The School serves to advance musical culture on campus and in the Nashville community and to graduate self-reliant musicians.

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.

Students perform in a Christmas concert.

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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Student works in the Recording Studio of the Commercial Music department.

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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Meet our featured faculty.

  • 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...

    Meet Brown Bannister
  • Christopher Bailey

    Christopher Bailey

    Interim Director, School of Music

    Dr. Christopher Bailey has performed on tour with Sarah Brightman, Celtic Woman, Kristin Chenoweth, Tenore, Disney Theatricals, Music Theatre International, and the Nashville Symphony. His original pop-musical theatre work THE PIER...

    Meet Christopher Bailey
  • Ben Blasko

    Ben Blasko

    Director of Instrumental Studies

    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...

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    Randy Gill

    Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and

    Randy Gill is Assistant Dean of the College of Entertainment and the Arts and Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to Lipscomb in...

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  • Jerry Reed headshot

    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...

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  • 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,...

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  • Jeff McPherson headshot

    Jeff McPherson

    Assistant Professor

    Jeff McPherson moved to Nashville in 1985 to get famous, but found success in other ways. He was signed as a songwriter to Hot House Music in 1993, provided the...

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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.