Music, Theatre & Dance

Develop your gifts for a purpose bigger than you. 

As a student in Taylor’s Department of Music, Theatre & Dance, you’ll gain the technical background—in music theory, acting methods, dance techniques—to take your existing gifts and skills to the next level.

Our programs emphasize active learning. You won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action. Through ensemble rehearsals and concerts, theatrical productions, individual student recitals, and full-fledged musicals, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage.

Music, theatre & dance students have opportunities to . . .

  • work with top-of-the-line composition technology in our music lab
  • gain experience with every aspect of theatre production, from set construction and lighting design to acting, directing, and stage managing
  • work closely with faculty on concerts, recitals, tours, and productions

Our faculty are talented and experienced musicians, directors, and performers, who care for their students in all aspects of life. As you push deeper into God’s purpose for your gifts, they will be there for you, offering guidance and mentorship, as they collaborate with you.

Take the next step

Dr. Al Harrison discusses how Taylor prepares music students for a successful and creative career.

Interested? Take a look at all the degrees and programs you can pursue in music, or better yet, visit the recital halls and music faculty by scheduling a campus visit with our folks in admissions!

Listen to Dr. Al Harrison, Professor of Music and Department Chair, as he discusses how Taylor prepares music students for a successful and creative career in this new millennium.

Listen to Tracy Manning, Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre, describe her passion for theatre at Taylor."Taylor theatre really is essential to a liberal arts education."
Listen to Tracy Manning, Managing and Artistic Director of Theatre, describe her passion for theatre at Taylor.

Music, Theatre & Dance news

Taylor Theatre 2017-18 Season Opens with Clybourne Park

Published: September 20, 2017

The 2017-18 Theatre season at Taylor University will kick off with satire Clybourne Park, the Jason Francis Memorial Scholarship Show, which begins at the end of September. Clybourne Park is a satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set it up as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. The play will be presented at 8:00 pm, Sept. 29 and 30, and at 2:00 pm, Oct. 1.

Taylor Music Faculty Showcase Scheduled

Published: September 14, 2017

Faculty from the Taylor University Department of Music will present a Music Faculty Showcase on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 7:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall at the Smith-Hermanson Music Center on the Taylor campus. There is no admission charge and the campus and local community is invited.

Music Department Hosts Two Recitals Next Week

Published: September 01, 2017

The Taylor University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will be hosting two recitals in the next week. The first recital features flutist Sarah Wardle Jones. The recital, Music of Female Composers, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 pm, in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall. On Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8:00 pm, there will be a voice recital featuring baritone Dr. Conor Angell, also in the Recital Hall.

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