Music

Major/Minor

Develop your musical gifts while gaining formal training in music theory, history, and technology that will prepare you to build a career in the music world. Taylor's liberal arts requirements provide a strong foundation for a variety of careers and graduate pursuits.

As a music major, you will . . .

  • study influential composers, genres, styles, and principles
  • gain written, aural, and keyboard skills
  • apply the principles of part writing, melodic phrase analysis, and harmonic progression in music labs
  • study under musicians who specialize in your instrument
  • participate and refine leadership skills in instrumental or choral ensembles
  • discover how music can impact society and culture

Pursue a Bachelor of Arts in music and . . .

  • study music history in-depth from early music (before 1750) to the present
  • draw connections between political history, art, and analytical techniques
  • examine selected non-Western cultures and the role music plays within them, especially Chinese, Japanese, and African cultures
  • apply theory and analysis for a deeper understanding of 18th and 19th century compositions
  • refine your music performance and studio teaching skills

The Bachelor of Science option requires one of the following concentrations:

Church Music Ministries: Prepare for a career as a music pastor or worship leader.

Required courses include:

  • Biblical literature and exegesis
  • Foundations of ministry
  • Music and culture around the world
  • History and styles of worship
  • Theology of worship

Electives cover music composition and arranging for traditional and contemporary styles.

Church music ministries students must complete a 40-hour (minimum) practicum in church music.

Music Management: Lay the groundwork for a career as a talent manager, agent, or independent musician.

Required courses cover:

  • Business and marketing principles, accounting, and business law
  • Analysis and practice of management
  • Contracts, permissions, royalties within the recording industry, songwriting and music publishing, music merchandising, and motion picture music

Electives include upper-level business and music courses focused on . . .

  • Business ethics
  • New venture planning
  • Music arranging
  • Music history and literature

Music management students must complete a minimum 160-hour practicum.

Music Marketing: Gain the business and music training to start a marketing career in the music industry.

Required courses cover:

  • Principles and best practices of marketing
  • Consumer behavior
  • Statistics
  • Business aspects of the music industry (contracts, permissions, royalties), including film music, merchandising, publishing, and recording

Electives include upper-level business and music courses focused on . . .

  • Marketing research
  • Advertising and promotional strategy
  • Music composition and arranging
  • Music history and literature

Music marketing students must complete a minimum 160-hour practicum.

Music management and marketing students may apply for the Contemporary Music Semester in Nashville, Tennessee, where they will interact with professionals and gain production experience in the music industry.

*NOTE: Schedule a campus visit with your audition. Indicate your interest in an audition in the Visit comments.