Academics - Music


Music Programs 

The music department at Greenville University offers diverse majors and minors within the music field, with degrees in both traditional and contemporary music.  Four degrees are offered: 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    • Voice
    • Composition
    • Instrumental
  • Bachelor of Music Education (K-12 certification)
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies
    • Audio Engineering
    • Commercial Music Performance
    • Music Industry Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Worship Arts
    • Pastoral Musician
    • Music Director

Three music minors are also available:

  • Music Minor
  • Music Minor in Performance
  • Music Minor in Music Industry Studies

Music Department

Many music courses and activities are open to all students as an opportunity to broaden their cultural interests in the field of music, as well as provide the necessary study for the music and music education student. Students may enhance their aesthetic sensitivity by participating in music activities and will develop a discriminating taste for a wide variety of music. Prospective music majors are advised to begin the study of music before entering college.

Music ensembles provide exposure to music literature and opportunities for musical expression and are open to qualified students from the entire campus. The Greenville University Choir (A Cappella Choir) tours annually to national and international destinations. Additional touring ensembles include Chamber Singers, Pursuit, and Summer Pursuit. Other opportunities for ensemble participation include Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Lab Bands, and Fusion Ensemble. All members of the university and community are invited to participate annually in the Greenville Choral Union which regularly performs larger choral works including Handel's "Messiah." An audition is required for entrance into most ensembles.

Majors & Minors

Audio Engineering Major
The Audio Engineering major plunges you into the high-tech world behind the music we all listen to. You will learn the full battery of studio recording techniques, and spend time mixing and mastering in our state-of-the-art digital studios.
Commercial Music Major
Thanks to its prominent focus on contemporary music, Greenville University has launched the careers of recording artists such as Jars of Clay and Stephanie Smith as well as producers, managers and promoters within the music business. Commercial Music majors have access to five professional recording studios, sound-proof practice rooms, and the Blackroom campus concert venue. These opportunities allow students to experience hands-on learning on campus.
Music Business Major
Learn the ins and outs of the music industry including artist and venue management, production, distribution, and more. Gain hands-on experience and develop critical thinking and analytic skills to become an agent, manager, or work for a record label.
Music Education Major
Music Education majors will be exposed to several areas of Music and Education courses to develop their musical and teaching skills. The comprehensive Music Education major will prepare students to become effective, confident teachers.
Music Industry Studies Major
Students work towards a common goal of production through understanding a broad-based set of skills, allowing them to be competent in several areas of recording, engineering, and technical skills to become invaluable professionals in this field.
Music, B.A.
The music major requires 47-53 hours of credit, depending on the student's primary instrument, and leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Instrumental (Non-Piano) Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Instrumental emphasis requires students to complete 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.

Piano Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Piano emphasis requires students to complete 12-16 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.

Voice Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Voice emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons.

Worship Arts Major
The Worship Arts major prepares you to serve in Christian ministry. This is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Christian Music industry, and our program draws not only on our strong tradition in music, but also on Greenville’s experience of more than a century of preparing men and women for full-time Christian service.
Music Minor
Discover new opportunities to broaden your cultural interests in the field of music. You will enhance your aesthetic sensitivity by participating in music activities that will develop a discriminating taste for a wide variety of music. For a minor you will be required to complete 21 credit hours.

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