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Music Major/Minor

The Perfect Pitch

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.
Fill out our Music Interest Form

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

2019 Performances
  • Lyric Theatre

    She Loves Me
    Feb. 1-2 at 8 p.m.
    Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall
    Tickets $10*

  • Taylor Sounds & Chorale

    “And The Winner Is...” Valentine Dinner
    Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Alspaugh Rooms, Hodson Dining Commons
    Tickets $30*

  • Lyric Theatre

    “Opera Scenes”
    Apr. 5-6 at 8 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Wind Ensemble

    Spring Concert
    Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Symphony Orchestra

    Grandparents Day Concert
    Apr. 26 at 4 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Chorale & Sounds

    “Chords of Love” Reunion Concert
    Apr. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Jazz Ensemble

    Spring Concert
    Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Symphony Orchestra

    Spring Concert
    May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    Rediger Auditorium

  • Adoration Chorus & Strings

    Spring Concert
    May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • Taylor Ringers

    Spring Concert
    May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    Butz Carruth Recital Hall

  • *Order your tickets by calling 765-998-5232. If a performance’s ticket price is not listed, tickets are not required.

Music Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Music Program

Dr. Christopher Bade, Department of Music, Theatre & Dance Co-Chair & Professor of Music

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator

Related Majors and Related Minors
Music, Theatre, & Dance Department
Sharpening Your Craft; Engage Your Faith

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.

Auditions & Scholarships

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, at lsroyal@taylor.edu.

Composing Your Future
Grad Programs

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
Career Opportunities

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.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Music, Theatre, & Dance philosophy.

Music Facilities & Equipment

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.

Other facility equipment includes:
  • 47 pianos across campus
  • Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
  • Electronic and pipe organs
  • Five-octave handbells
  • African drums
  • Drum sets and keyboards
Private Lessons & Ensembles

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

Explore Taylor’s Ensembles

Contact Lisa Royal at lsroyal@taylor.edu or 765-998-5232 to learn more.

Faculty & Staff
Department Heads

Chris Bade

Professor of Music, Dept. Co-Chair
Woodwinds & Orchestra


Tracy Manning

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Dept. Co-Chair
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre



Conor Angell

Associate Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice


Eva Kwan

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education


JoAnn Rediger

Professor of Music
Chorale & Taylor Sounds


Patricia Robertson

Professor of Music
Voice & Lyric Theatre



Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film


Cathy Moore

Concert & Tour Coordinator


Lisa Royal

Music Program Assistant


Terrance Volden

Technical Director of Theatre