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For those passionate about singing or playing an instrument for others, a Music Performance major will teach you everything you need to reach musical excellence and refine your talent for professional performance.
Our foundational music courses allow students to delve into composition and conducting, study music theory and harmony, and examine major compositions and their historical contexts. By analyzing and practicing performance techniques and theory, you will develop new skills and sharpen your existing musical gifts. Our Music Performance program will stretch the limits of your abilities and provide active experience through music technology in our fully equipped music lab, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and personal music instruction and lessons.
Music Performance majors must choose a concentration in piano, vocal, or instrumental music performance and decide on a primary and secondary instrument to focus on over their four years. Every Music Performance student closes their four years of study with a culminating senior recital.
Music students gain performance and conducting experience through required ensemble participation. Taylor offers a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Interested in learning to teach music? The Center for Musical Development provides musical instruction to students from the surrounding community. This program gives Taylor students practical experience in teaching music to young learners. Children ages 6 to 16 can receive piano lessons from Taylor students and professional instructors at a reasonable cost, with no prior musical training required.
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.Apply Now
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.
Mar 30, 2023
Six musicians from Taylor University have won or placed in their respective categories during the recent Great Lakes Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition.Read Article
Jan 25, 2023
The Lyric Theatre will present a full production of the Mozart opera, Cosi fan tutte, or The School for Lovers, in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall on February 3-5.Read Article
Nov 30, 2022
Students and an alumnus have captured two 1st place and one 2nd place result in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for the State of Indiana.Read Article
Nov 15, 2022
The Taylor Chorale, Sounds, Women’s Chorus, and Symphony Orchestra will perform The Hope of Loving: A Thanksgiving Vespers on Saturday, November 19, at 7:30 pm in the Euler Atrium.Read Article
Mar 24, 2022
Current freshman Music Composition major Ethan Watts ’25 released his third album, Hysteresis, in December 2021.Read Article
Jun 05, 2020
With an internship at Sweetwater Sound’s summer camps, junior Music Education and Special Education major Moorea Reiskytl gained valuable skills equip her for the classroom.Read Article
Mar 26, 2018
The Taylor University Wind Ensemble will present a farewell concert for retiring chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Al Harrison. The concert, scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 pm, will be held in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium and followed by a reception for Dr. Harrison in the LaRita Boren Campus Center.Read Article