Although it may depend on the specific characteristics you are looking for in a program, there are several top-rated, Christian colleges and universities with music majors. Not only do these schools vary with the specific music programs they offer, but also in size, denomination and other factors. Explore a handful of the best Christian colleges for music majors.
Some of the best Christian colleges for undergraduate music programs are affiliated with the Baptist, Interdenominational and United Brethren denominations. Compare some of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|Huntington University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Brethren Church||Huntington, IN||$25,540|
|Azusa Pacific University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Azusa, CA||$37,506|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Best Christian Colleges for Music Majors
Christian colleges with music majors may be considered some of the best for the various music programs they offer, quality facilities, performance opportunities or other factors. Students trying to decide between schools may also want to consider how big a school is and/or how the school will help them grow spiritually. Learn more about some of the best Christian colleges for music majors.
In 2017, the NCES reported that Liberty University in Virginia had a little more than 45,750 undergraduate students, including online students. The university offers bachelor's degree programs in choral music (music education concentration), commercial music (various concentrations), instrumental music (music education concentration), music instrumental, music and worship (various concentrations), music vocal and music in world cultures. Liberty's School of Music is the seventh largest music school in the country, according to the school's website, and has state-of-the-art recording studios, multiple music-related student organizations and various performance opportunities. Spiritual life on campus includes Convocation (worship service), local service opportunities, mission trips and student leadership opportunities, like Community Group Leaders and Residence Life student leaders.
Union University's Music department offers 13 different music majors, including the ones in church music, music education, performance, music composition and worship leadership. The department also has 4 choral ensembles, 3 different instrumental groups, an Opera Workshop, Piano Ensembles and faculty who are experts in their fields. Students can grow spiritually by participating in chapel services, Life Groups, Men's or Women's Cooperatives (discipleship communities), outreach opportunities and activities through University Ministries. According to the NCES, the university had about 2,180 undergraduates in 2017.
Students at Messiah College in Pennsylvania can deepen their faith through chapel services, Bible studies, worship services, small groups, World Christian Fellowship and a variety of local, national and global service opportunities. The college had about 2,760 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Students on campus can pursue bachelor's degree programs in music, music and worship, music business, music performance, music education and even musical theatre. The Department of Music allows its students to participate in a variety of ensembles, some of which collaborate with professional ensembles, like the Harrisburg Symphony, and offers access to a recording studio and rehearsal spaces.
Indiana's Huntington University had close to 1,080 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers a unique undergraduate program in worship leadership, as well as several more traditional music majors, like vocal performance, choral music education, music business and piano performance. Music students can perform in different ensembles on campus, such as Jazz Improvisation Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra, and/or participate in workshops and seminars on campus, like the Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop. The university helps students further develop their faith by choosing a Bible verse each school year and providing weekly chapel services, Small Groups, local service opportunities and missions through Global Vision.
Azusa Pacific University
At the undergraduate level, Azusa Pacific University in California offers majors in composition, commercial music, music theory, performance, music education and music and worship. The university's School of Music has various connections with the professional music community in the Los Angeles area, which provides its students with many unique opportunities and musical experiences. The Office of Chapel Programs helps plan diverse chapel speakers and other spiritual events and programs to help students grow spiritually and there are also opportunities for student leadership as interns or D-Group Leaders and mentors with Campus Pastors. According to the NCES, the university had around 5,670 undergraduate students in 2017.