Music Major/Minor

Major in Music for a Multidisciplinary Career

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.

Choose a Music Degree or Concentration

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.

Excited About Music Performance?
Are you passionate about refining your vocal or instrumental talents and pursuing a career as a performer? Take a look at Taylor’s Music Performance major.

Enjoy Composing Unique, Quality Music?
Taylor’s Music Composition major allows students to dive deeper into the art of writing music. Learn more.

Considering a Career in Music Education?
Students interested in crossing their musical passions with their love for education should consider majoring in Music Education.

Music Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Music Program

Patricia Robertson, Department Chair & Professor of Music

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator