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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.

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Music Degree Concentrations

Students have the option of adding a concentration in Music Marketing, Music Management, or Worship Arts to your Bachelor of Science in Music degree. These concentrations add classes that will target your career goals and interests. View the curriculum guides below for more detailed information about concentration requirements.

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Participate in a Musical Ensemble

Music students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. Taylor offers a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

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Audition & Scholarship Information

The Music, Theatre, & Dance Scholarship is presented to outstanding high school seniors and transfer students who are committed to a career in music, theatre, or dance. The total award amounts vary depending on the student’s musical ability and the needs of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. To qualify, students must declare a major in the department, complete the scholarship application, and audition in person or video.

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Courtney Jameson
Class of 2014
"I hadn't studied classical vocal music before going to Taylor. It was there that I was introduced to voice lessons and operas. Because of these experiences, I knew I wanted to get a doctorate in voice so that I could share this music with others. The history, literature, and pedagogy classes helped me grow as a musician and get into my top graduate school choice."

Explore Other Music Majors

Let us help you find the degree that fits your goals and passions. 

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.

Music Composition

Do you enjoy composing unique, quality Music? Taylor’s Music Composition major allows students to dive deeper into the art of writing music.

Music Education

Considering a career in teaching music with K-12 students? 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.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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