This is an exciting time to join us in the School of Music. In the fall of 2017, Brown Bannister, GRAMMY® award-winning producer, songwriter and musician was named the Director of the School of Music, serving alongside Commercial Music Chair Donna King. Under their leadership, the School of Music is doubling down on its commitment to chart the future of music education in Music City and beyond. By providing a rigorous, innovative and experiential education, the School of Music is preparing students to faithfully impact community, nation and world for the cultural good of all.
School of Music: Creative space to expand your musical talents.
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 (outdoors) 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.
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.
The School of Music shares Lipscomb University’s commitment to Christian liberal arts education and functions as an integral part of that commitment. Our mission is to lead students to an appreciation and comprehension of the creative spirit across time and culture, within the context of the Christian faith.
Recognizing that music is an integral part of a liberal arts education, the School of Music seeks to provide:
- Innovative instruction for students pursuing careers in traditional and non-traditional music fields;
- Engaging opportunities for each university student to participate in rich and varied musical experiences;
- Enriching events for the university and larger comity to experience music through concerts and collaborative workshops; and valuable resources for church music ministries.
On April 2015, Lipscomb University achieved internationally respected “All-Steinway” status and now provides its students only Steinway pianos for lessons, practicing and performing, moving to the higher level of musicianship this superb instrument provides and demands.
Distinctives of the School of Music
The Lipscomb University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition, the School of Music was the first in the nation to provide students with the opportunity to take the music theory exam for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Any incoming freshman student who has already passed the ABRSM Grade 8 Exam and wishes to major in music automatically qualifies for a music scholarship of $1,000 per semester.
The School of Music collaborates with the College of Bible and Ministry to offer an interdisciplinary major in worship ministry to provide students with the knowledge and skills to assist congregations in meaningful, purposeful times of worship.
The school's applied music classes and private lessons are taught by full-time faculty, adjuncts or private instructors selected from the wealth of talent available in Nashville, including members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and leading studio musicians.
Private lessons and ensembles are open to all university students. Performance opportunities include: A Cappella Singers, University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Opera Workshop, String Ensemble and various chamber groups. Internships in music-related fields are available.
SALT participation opportunities are provided within the distinctive performance context offered by the music school.