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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.

We integrate the aspects of discipleship into how we prepare you for your future as a musician. We aren’t preparing you for just the next 4 years, but for the next 40+ years. This is evident through the opportunities you have to grow in your field because of our integration of faith and learning in the classroom and performances, and the mentoring from our profession musicians. Regardless of where God calls you, we will prepare you to use your gifts to glorify God.

Dr. Al HarrisonDr. Al Harrison, Head of the Music department, answers some frequently asked questions below. Don’t see your question, contact Dr. Harrison today! If you are interested in our music program, please fill out the Music Interest Form.

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

We have recital halls with great acoustics, and the following is a brief list of the instruments and equipment you can use at Taylor. But the best way to know what we have available for you to use is to come visit us!

Recital Hall Piano
  • Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano
  • Steinway Concert Grand Piano
  • Knabe Concert Grand Piano
  • Roderer Tracker Action Pipe Organ
  • Schwartz Pipe Organ
  • Rodgers Trillium Combination Organ
  • Five-octave handbells
  • African drumming instruments
  • Electronic Music Labs: Clavinova piano lab and music computer studio
  • Individual performance rooms for practice
  • Fully-digital hard disc recording system in the Butz-Carruth Recital Hall

What opportunities do I have for professional development?

Here are a few opportunities you can be involved in 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?

Performing ensembles travel both domestically and internationally; one example is the Jazz Ensemble ministry tour to Ecuador. 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, including going to the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Since 1972 Taylor's Lighthouse program has enabled students to gain unforgettable, life-changing experiences during Interterm studying and serving cross-culturally around the world. Recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore and Thailand.

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?

If you are interested in majoring or minoring in Music, you must audition for admission into the department and to apply for music scholarships. 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 for additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact the music office.

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