MusicThe Department of Music provides professional preparation for students seeking careers in music or music-related vocations and offers instruction for students seeking life-long learning experiences in music.

One common question people ask is, “What can you do with a Music Major?” We love to answer, “Look at our graduates!”

Many are teaching music in public and private schools while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Many are employed in the music industry; those with strong performance abilities are singing and playing all over the world. Others have exciting careers outside the music field while using their music to enrich their lives and others.

We commit to provide you with a thorough education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of music within the context of a biblical worldview. We want you to know about both the wonderful heritage of music we enjoy as well as the music of our time.

Performance Option

While participation in ensembles is required, this program places intensive focus on developing musicians as solo artists. Students prepare a 30 minute recital their junior year and a 50 minute recital their senior year.

Piano Pedagogy

Students develop skills for teaching piano, evaluating materials, and running an independent studio. They also prepare and perform a 30 minute recital in their junior year.

Contemporary Music Option

In addition to their study at Bryan, students gain first-hand experience in the contemporary music industry and make vital professional connections as they study a full semester at the CCCU (Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities) Contemporary Music Program in Nashville.

Music Administration Option

Students combine classes in music and business, building an understanding of their interaction. A valuable internship experience helps prepare for positions in music retail, artist management, music publishing, and marketing for the arts.

Music Education: Vocal Option

Students take a combination of music and education classes, forming their teaching philosophy. Curriculum focuses on development as a vocal performer and teacher. The program includes a semester of student teaching and a 30 minute senior recital. Afterwards, students will be prepared to take exams for their K-12 teaching licensure.

Music Education: Instrumental Option

Students take a combination of music and education classes, forming their teaching philosophy. Curriculum focuses on development as an instrumental performer and teacher. The program includes a semester of student teaching and a 30 minute senior recital. Afterwards, students will be prepared to take exams for their K-12 teaching licensure.

Church Music Option

Over the course of their program, students prepare for a wide variety of music ministries, from traditional to blended to contemporary as they develop the understanding and skills to provide leadership in today’s church.

Musical Theatre Option

In addition to music courses, vocal and acting training, and theatre courses, students also delve into the technicalities of amateur, regional, and professional theatre operation, through direction, support staff, or administration.

Music: Bachelor of Arts

In addition to Bryan’s traditional BS in Music (with 8 options), there is a new BA Major in music, requiring only 33 hours and reflecting a more general approach to the discipline (no options). Perfect for those desiring a more general degree or those seeking to pursue a double major.

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Minors

  • Music
  • Worship Arts

Faculty

Sampling of Classes

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Choral Conducting
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Music History I-IV
  • Methods of Teaching Voice
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Opera Workshop

Graduate Schools

  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of North Carolina
  • Westminster Choir College
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Belmont University
  • Middle Tennessee State University

Private Lessons

For Bryan students: private music lessons for college credit (usually 30-minute lesson for 1 hour credit per semester) are available to all students (subject to instructor availability). The cost is either $150 or $250 per semester, depending on student’s music status (see Dr. Wilhoit for specifics).

For Community members: private music lessons are available to non-college students for no credit through the Bryan College Community Music School.

Potential Jobs

  • Music Teaching
  • Music Performance
  • Music Industry
  • Arts Management
  • Music Technology
  • Music Ministry/Worship Leadership
  • Composition

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