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School of Music Academic Programs

Recognizing that music is an integral part of a liberal arts education, we 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 community to experience music through concerts and collaborative workshops, and
  • valuable resources for church music ministries.

We're glad that you're interested in our department and its programs. As a student choosing to pursue either a major or minor in music at Lipscomb University, you will be required to complete a performance audition.

If you have any questions, please call the School of Music at 1.800.333.4358. ext. 5932 or email us at music [at]


Degree Programs

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 outstanding 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. Scholars, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have a heart for mentoring lead our small classes and ensembles —  they’re ready to help you develop your unique gifts and abilities into a career where you can work and serve.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree includes 50-65 credit hours in music study with flexibility to take music electives in performance or academic study. Students in this degree have the freedom to focus on individual interest in classical traditions, commercial music, and worship arts.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree includes approximately 50 hours of music study and 48 hours of science. Students in this degree blend their passion for the arts with their interest in the research sciences.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees include 70+ hours of music study with significant requirements in performance through ensembles and private lessons. Students in these degrees are working toward full-time employment as a performing musician, artist, or music educator.

Commercial music

Commercial Music: Songwriting or Production B.M.

Spend extended time with Music City professionals learning about the ins and outs of contemporary music and develop your unique gifts in songwriting and production through: small classes, excellent facilities and resources, and top-notch faculty. As you work through our specialized courses, you will also gain valuable training in areas like entrepreneurship, marketing, and basic technical fluency. You will continue to develop your musicianship skills in core classes, private lessons, and ensemble performance. Each major in this program will complete two internships working for leaders in the field.

Commercial Music: Songwriting or Production
Commercial music

Commercial Music B.A.

Learn from those who know the music business best and prepare to be an industry professional. This degree will give you experience in multiple facets of the music industry including studies in audio production, entrepreneurship, and our musicianship core. In this degree, you choose from a focus in either songwriting and music production along with additional elective hours in which you can explore commercial music, worship arts, music ensembles, or advanced studies in performance.

Commercial Music B.A.

Music B.A.

Pursue your passion for music with our Bachelor of Arts degree. This is a degree we designed for those seeking something outside our traditional and commercial paths. Whether your goal is an entrepreneurial arts career or graduate music study, you'll get private lessons in your primary performance area and have the option for lessons in another area as well. Twelve hours of electives can come from commercial music, worship arts, music ensembles, or advanced studies in performance. You may also choose electives–or a full minor–from a complementary discipline like film, marketing, or creative writing.

Music B.A.

Music Performance B.M.

Our Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is especially for students who plan to work full-time as a professional performing musician. Concentrations available in piano, instrumental (all instruments, including guitar offered for concentration), and vocal performance. 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.

Performance B.M.
Choir and Ensemble performance

Music Education B.M.

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 with performance ensembles during your entire academic career. Students in this program will be involved in practicums in all levels including elementary, middle and high school.

Music Education B.M.
man singing

Music B.S.

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 or senior year. You may choose music elective hours in commercial music, worship arts, music ensembles, or advanced studies in performance.

Music B.S.
Worship Arts

Worship Arts B.A.

Whether your dream is to lead worship at a local church, write and record worship music or serve on a technical team, Lipscomb’s B.A. in Worship Arts is designed to train students to craft and lead powerful, authentic worship experiences. Majors will take courses in both the School of Music and the College of Bible and Ministry in a curriculum that has been carefully designed to prepare students spiritually and musically to be authentic worshipers and effective leaders.

Worship Arts B.A.
music industry studies

Music Industry Studies B.A.

Our experiential, mentor-based approach includes holistic, collaborative training in the arts. You'll learn how Nashville’s music business functions in the context of its boisterous entertainment and hospitality industry. Come and learn the music industry in Music City.

Music Industry Studies B.A.
A jazz band playing in a coffee house

A jazz performance at the Well Coffee House.

A boy using a sound board for a performance

Working the sound board at live events.

Film with a live orchestra

Film with a live orchestra.

A close up of a student playing the saxophone

Wind ensemble performance.

Music - Worship ensemble

Worship ensemble leading worship.

Music - CM ensemble

Live music performance.

A rock band playing at a concert

Jamming at a live show.

avalon trio

Avalon Trio playing in Recital Seminar

Study Abroad

Group of students In front of the Tower Bridge in London

In front of the Tower Bridge in London.

Group of students at "Come From Away" in London

At "Come From Away" in London

Italian mozzarella and tomato pizza on a plate

Pizza really is better in Italy!

A group of students on top of the Duomo in Florence.

On top of the Duomo in Florence.

It can be challenging to schedule a Study Abroad experience into the busy program of a music major. In 2019, the School of Music launched an initial Maymester trip in Italy and London focused entirely on the arts.

The Maymester trip connects art as it has been generated by the church through the centuries with the doctrines and ideas that drove it. This covers painting and sculpture, but also compares music in live worship environments from Gregorian chant to rock and roll at Hillsong in London. We look at the common themes addressed, learn a respect for the Catholic and Anglican traditions and the way they stand alongside the Protestant streams that most students are more familiar with.

"Spending time in Europe changed my whole perspective on the world" — Jacob Pregont

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