Best Christian Music Schools

Jul 30, 2018

Students planning to major in a music discipline can do so at a Christian college or university. This overview will cover five institutions that offer music degree programs.

Many of the schools included in this overview have high rankings from U.S. News & World Report. All of the schools offer many music-focused majors.

Christian Music Schools Comparison

These universities have majors that include instrumental, vocal, and music education. Students can gain a better understanding of the options available for their college experience.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination Tuition and Fees (2017-18)*
Grand Canyon University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Phoenix, AZ Non-denominational $17,050
Howard Payne University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Brownwood, TX Baptist $27,690
Huntington University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Huntington, IN United Brethren Church $25,540
Union University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Jackson, TN Southern Baptist $31,510
Liberty University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Lynchburg, VA Evangelical Christian $21,310

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Overview of Schools

Each school offers students the opportunity to turn their musical talent into a career. All of the universities have a Christian affiliation, and some even combine the love of music with the worship options.

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University offers a wealth of music-focused majors. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in music with the choice to specialize in instrumental, piano, or vocal performance. Students can also pursue a degree in music education, with a focus on instrumental or choral. NCES lists a 2017 student enrollment of 83,284, with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving financial aid in the 2016-17 school year. The university was ranked #231 out of 311 in the National Universities category in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. Music students can join the university's worship team that performs at chapel services.

Howard Payne University

Howard Payne University was ranked 13th out of 65 in the Regional Colleges West group in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers certificates through master's degrees. Music degree programs include church music and worship, several music concentrations, and several music performance choices. Howard Payne had 1,072 students attending in 2017, according to the NCES, and financial aid was awarded to 97% of the full-time, beginning undergraduate students in 2016-17. Howard Payne requires that students attend four semesters of chapel services, earning fourteen credits during each semester.

Huntington University

Huntington University had 1,321 students enrolled for the fall 2017 semester, as per the NCES. The university provided financial aid to 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students in 2016-17. Huntington was ranked 16th out of 92 in the Regional Colleges Midwest category in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The university's degree options include music, music business, music education, and instrumental performance. Students at Huntington University will have access to campus ministry coordinators who live in the residence halls.

Union University

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Union University 176th out of 311 in the National Universities group. In fall 2017, Union had 3,377 students attending, with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving financial assistance in 2016-17, according to the NCES. The university offers four choral ensembles, a jazz band, symphonic band, and opera workshops. Degree options include music education, music theory, and composition. Union University provides upperclassmen, known as Life Group leaders, to mentor incoming students and integrate them into the college environment.

Liberty University

Liberty University awards certificates all the way up to doctoral degrees. Students can earn their bachelor's degree in vocal music, theatre ministries, or cinematic arts. The university's Office of Spiritual Development offers the students service opportunities and leadership positions, as well a global group called the Liberty Worship Collective. Liberty was ranked 231st out of 311 in the National Universities category in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The university had 75,044 students attending for the fall 2017 semester, as listed on NCES, and 97% of full-time, beginning undergraduates received financial aid for the 2016-17 school year.

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