Music Areas of Study
Private lessons are available in the following instruments: Voice, Piano, Organ, Trumpet, Trombone, French, Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Harp, Handbells, Percussion
Bachelor of Arts in Music with optional emphases in Church Music, Music Composition/Arranging, Music History/Literature, Music Performance. or Pre-Music Therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Music Education with tracks in General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music or Combined Instrumental/Vocal Music.
Emphases Within Each Major
The composition/arranging emphasis is career preparation for composers/arrangers as well as those who consider graduate-level study in composition/arranging. Students receive weekly private lessons in a wide range of styles and genres including choral, orchestral, instrumental, keyboard, chamber music, electro-acoustic music and film scoring. Opportunities for performance abound, as student works are read by campus ensembles and chamber groups, and performed in public concerts and annual competitions.
A Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Instrumental Performance enables students to develop and refine their God-given gifts on their particular instrument. Students in the emphasis will prepare and present required Junior and Senior recitals, with the possibility of an optional Sophomore recital. Students are guided in this process by gifted and dedicated faculty with excellent professional experience, who will help you learn to excel as a performer.
A Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Music History allows students to build upon the strong foundations set in year-long music history survey. This emphasis enables students to look more deeply into subjects in western art music, as well as branching out into the study of music in other cultures through classes like World Music Survey and History of African-American Music.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based development of music interventions to achieve individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in overall physical rehabilitation, facilitation of movement, increased motivation, improved emotional support for clients and their families, and creation of outlets for expression of feelings as clients become engaged in their treatment. The licensed music therapist assesses the strengths and needs of each client, and provides an indicated treatment through singing, moving to music, listening to music, and creation of music. Clients' abilities are strengthened, then transferred to improve other areas of their lives. Completion of the Pre-Music Therapy emphasis ensures that students understand the concepts and practices of music therapy in preparation for higher levels of study required to become a credentialed professional in the field.
Students who are pursing a Bachelor of Arts in Music are welcome to audition at the end of their sophomore year to add an emphasis in vocal performance. This framework of study includes longer voice lessons, classes in vocal pedagogy and lesson teaching, as well as extra study in the composers of choice on their recitals. The vocal performance emphasis also includes a junior recital in addition to the required senior recital. Students in the performance track are also required to sing in at least one year of the opera workshop/ broadway workshop performance.
This combined area of study in the field of music education allows students to learn how to teach in both choral and instrumental fields. This degree allows students to be certified to work with choirs, bands, orchestras, and general music. The field of music education is extremely rewarding and this is a great way to be broadly certified. Students in this concentration will spend time in field placements that include all of the areas that they will be studying. Certification is for grades P (preschool) through grade 12.
Students in the music education track who choose the concentration area of general music will be working to be experts in non-ensemble specific music education. Students will have exposure to the methodologies of Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Modern Band. The field of music education is extremely rewarding and this is a fantastic certification. Students in this concentration will spend time in field placements that include many levels of general music. Certification is for grades P (preschool) through grade 12.
Combine your passion for music and your interest in working with students through preparation in the area of Instrumental Music Education. In addition to developing your own musical skills and knowledge, you will learn about the teaching of all band and orchestra instruments as well as ensemble leadership and music program administration. As an Asbury music education student, you will have many practical experiences in area schools that will prepare you for leadership in this exciting field. As a music educator, you will influence not only the musical development of your students, but also assist them in their personal growth.
Students in the music education track who choose the concentration area of choral music will be working to be experts in the field of teaching choir. This emphasis area encompasses the study of choral literature, choral pedagogy, and choral rehearsal technique. The field of music education is extremely rewarding and this is a fantastic certification. Choral techniques for elementary age through adult age are covered. Students in this track often have the chance to work with choirs in the Asbury music program. Students in this concentration will spend time in field placements that may include many levels of general music. Certification is for grades P (preschool) through grade 12.
- Church Music Leadership