Why study music at Taylor?

Taylor has a reputation for excellence. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last eight years and they stress our emphasis on teaching.

Dr. Al HarrisonDr. Al Harrison, Head of the Music department, answers frequently asked questions below. Don’t see your question? Contact Dr. Harrison today!

If you are interested in our music program, fill out the Music Interest Form.

What kind of facilities and equipment will I be able to use?

The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 250-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and Steinway pianos. The recital hall is designed to provide the best acoustics possible and is wired with a digital hard disc recording system. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software.

Recital Hall Piano

Other facility equipment includes:

    • Roderer Tracker Action Pipe Organ
    • Schwartz Pipe Organ
    • Rodgers Trillium Combination Organ
    • Five-octave handbells
    • African drums
    • Clavinova electronic piano lab

(To see for yourself, come visit!)

What opportunities do I have for professional development?

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice competitions
  • Marion Philharmonic Concerto Area Competition
  • Indiana Intercollegiate Band
  • Church Music Ministry Internships
  • Student-teaching internships
  • Senior comprehensive recitals or research projects
  • Performance productions: opera, musical theatre, jazz clinics
  • Performing artist masterclasses

What opportunities do I have to study or perform abroad?

Performance ensembles travel both domestically and internationally. To learn more about our tour and performance schedules, visit our Facebook page. You can also study abroad for January or a semester through our Off-Campus Study Programs. A popular option is the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Every year, there are also opportunities to travel on missions trips over J-term or Spring Break.

How can I grow in my specific area of interest?

We offer lessons in a variety of areas based on the specialities of our faculty. Below is a list of the specific areas.

  • Instrumental: Jazz combo, string bass, percussion, percussion methods, guitar, guitar class, violin, bell choirs, instrumental & choral arranging, church music, strings, string methods, cello, French horn, trumpet, flute, fine arts, harp
  • Piano: Piano, piano pedagogy, music fundamentals, piano class, jazz piano
  • Voice: Voice, theory & harmony, musical theatre, fine arts

For more detailed information, please view the Music Department Handbook.

What scholarships are available?

In order to major or minor in music and be eligible for music scholarships, you must audition for admission into the department. The Department of Music offers both merit and need-based awards designed to enhance the University financial aid package.

Please see audition and scholarship information for details. For a complete description of the audition procedure, please download the Guidelines for Music Major Auditions at Taylor University.

To sign up for an audition time or receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact the music office.

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