Develop your musical gifts while receiving formal training in music theory, history, and technology. Our Music major, paired with Taylor’s broad liberal arts education, will prepare you for a multidisciplinary career in music areas such as musical performance, aesthetic concept planning, business and technology, and the history and tradition of the arts.
The foundational Music curriculum balances theoretical knowledge and applied learning in the classroom. In history and music theory courses, Music majors study the genres, styles, principles, and lives of influential composers to discover how music can impact society and culture. In hands-on classes, students will refine their instrumental gifts under the one-on-one tutelage of professional musicians who share their specialties; develop composing, aural, and keyboard skills; and learn to apply the principles of part writing, melodic phrase analysis, and harmonic progression in music labs.
Music professors will encourage and advise students as they join instrumental and choral ensembles, build individual repertoires, and perform in recitals and concerts.
Music Curriculum & Degree Options
Students can choose between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Worship Arts, Music Management, or Music Marketing.
- Bachelor of Arts
A Music Bachelor of Arts provides in-depth training of a primary and secondary instrument of your choice, as well as vocal diction. Other courses focus on music history (pre-1750 to the present) as well as analytical techniques, political history, and art. You will examine selected non-Western cultures, especially Chinese, Japanese, and African cultures, and apply theory to 18th and 19th century compositions for a deeper musical analysis. With a Bachelor of Arts in Music, you will refine your music performance and studio teaching skills with a broad musical education.
- Bachelor of Science in Music – Worship Arts
Studying the Worship Arts curriculum, you will prepare for a career as a music pastor or worship leader. In addition to fundamental courses in instrumental proficiency, music theory, and vocal diction, the Worship Arts concentration explores biblical literature and exegesis, the foundations of ministry, music and culture around the world, history and styles of worship, and theologies of worship. Music electives cover music composition and arranging for traditional and contemporary styles. Worship Arts students will also complete a church music practicum.
- Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Management
Music Management at Taylor will lay the groundwork for a career as a talent manager, agent, or independent musician. Foundational courses in this concentration cover business and marketing principles, accounting, business law, and the analysis and practice of management. You will learn about contracts, permissions, and royalties within the recording industry, as well as songwriting and music publishing, music merchandising, and motion picture music. Music Management students also complete a music industry practicum.
- Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Marketing
Gain the business and music training to start a marketing career in the music industry. Dig into the principles and best practices of marketing, consumer behavior, statistics, and analysis. You will learn the business aspects of the music industry, such as contracts, permissions, and royalties for film music, merchandising, publishing, and recording. Music Marketing students also complete a music/business practicum.
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Music, Theatre & Dance Department
The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.
Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance.
All prospective music and musical theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.
To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the music program assistant.Audition and Scholarship Information
Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:
- Bowling Green State University
- Ball State University
- Indiana University
- Southern Illinois University
- University of Michigan
No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at Taylor.
The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and a Steinway piano. The Recital Hall is designed to provide the best acoustics for performance recording. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software.
- 47 pianos across campus
- Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
- Electronic and pipe organs
- Five-octave handbells
- African drums
- Drum sets and keyboards
We offer ensembles and private lessons in all instrumental and choral areas.
- Instrumental: symphony Orchestra, wind and jazz ensembles, jazz combos, bell choirs, and chamber music ensembles such as string quartet, brass ensemble, and flute choir
- Piano: piano, piano pedagogy, piano class, and accompanying
- Voice: voice, musical theatre, lyric theatre, opera, and three choral ensembles