Music, Theatre & Dance

Why study music at Taylor?

Taylor has a reputation for excellence. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor in the region’s top three Midwest colleges for the last two decades and they stress our emphasis on faculty mentoring of musicianship, professional training, and discipleship.

Dr. Al HarrisonDr. Al Harrison, Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance and director of the music programs, answers frequently asked questions below. Don’t see your question? Contact Dr. Harrison today!

If you are interested in our music program, fill out the Music Interest Form.

What kind of facilities and equipment will I be able to use?

The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and Steinway pianos. The recital hall is designed to provide the best acoustics possible and houses a recording system. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software. Music, theatre, and dance students utilize Mitchell Theatre and two specially equipped dance instruction spaces.
Recital Hall Piano

Other facility equipment includes:

    • 47 pianos across campus
    • Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
    • Electronic and pipe organs
    • Five-octave handbells
    • African drums
    • Drum sets and keyboards

(To see for yourself, come visit!)

What opportunities do I have for professional development?

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice competitions
  • National Association for Music Educators (NAME)
  • Marion Philharmonic Concerto Aria Competition
  • Indiana Intercollegiate Band
  • Jazz festivals and guests artists
  • Church music ministry internships
  • Student-teaching internships
  • Senior recitals and research projects
  • Ensemble participation, tours, and concerts
  • Performance productions: opera, musical theatre, lyric theatre
  • Performing artist masterclasses
  • Center for Musical Development (CMD) - teaching community children
  • Marion Philharmonic Orchestra performance collaborations

What opportunities do I have to study or perform abroad?

Performance ensembles travel both domestically and internationally to places like South Korea, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Bahamas, Florida, Washington DC, and Chicago. You can also study abroad for January or a semester through our Off-Campus Study Programs. A popular option for music marketing or management majors is the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Every year, there are also opportunities to travel on missions trips over J-term or Spring Break.

How can I grow in my specific area of interest?

We offer ensembles and private lessons in all instrumental and choral areas.

  • Instrumental: Symphony Orchestra, wind and jazz ensmbles, jazz combos, bell choirs, and chamber music ensembles such as string quartet, brass ensemble, and flute choir.
  • Piano: Piano, piano pedagogy, piano class, and accompanying
  • Voice: Voice, musical theatre, lyric theatre, opera, and three choral ensembles

For more detailed information, please view the Music, Theatre & Dance Handbook.

What scholarships are available?

In order to major or minor in music and be eligible for music scholarships, you must audition for admission into the department. The Department of Music, Theatre & Dance offers both merit and need-based awards designed to enhance the University financial aid package.

Please see Audition and Scholarship Information for details. For a complete description of the music audition procedure, please download the Guidelines for Music Auditions.

To sign up for an audition time or receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal during regular working hours.

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