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Bachelor of Arts in Music

About the B.A. in Music Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Arts in music degree provides a real-world, multi-stylistic, nationally accredited degree that you can design yourself.

At Cedarville University, Bach’s famous phrase “Soli Deo Gloria” — for the glory of God alone — is more than a slogan. It is the mission that drives all that we do to honor the Master Creator through our creativity. Study in our music program, and you will learn from accomplished professors who will mentor and inspire you. Master your skills in our world-class facilities. Experience the preparation you need for your career or graduate school. Cedarville music graduates serve as teachers, composers, studio musicians, and more. Pursue your passion while worshipping the Master Composer at Cedarville University.

This program is also offered as a minor.

Music Program Highlights

Performance or Research — You can select from two tracks:

  • Recital track, for those who want to perform a senior recital
  • Research track, for those interested in presenting a senior capstone project

Customizable — You will choose a primary and secondary concentration to customize your degree to your interests: performance, composition, worship, music history, music technology, jazz and improvisation, or open music studies.

Expandable — General studies credits within the major allow you to add specialized courses from any other academic area.

Future-focused — Ideally suited for a musically talented student who wants to pursue a graduate program that will accept any bachelor’s degree (such as law, international studies, or music therapy).

Outcomes for Music Majors

You will be prepared for graduate school, private teaching, ministry, and many other pursuits.

Opportunities for Music Majors

You will have many opportunities to use and develop your gifts within the Department of Music and Worship.

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Soli Deo Gloria Music Scholarships

Cedarville University offers music scholarships of up to $6,000 per year for students majoring in music. You can combine your music scholarship with Cedarville’s other generous academic and need-based scholarships.

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Music and Worship

Cedarville's music and worship program builds a strong artistic, intellectual, and practical foundation for professional careers and graduate studies.

Placement Rate

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 96% of 2016 graduates from the Department of Music and Worship were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

Program Faculty

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John Mortensen, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

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Beth Porter, M.A.

Chair, Associate Professor of Vocal Music

Department of Music and Worship

Music Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take courses from your chosen concentration: performance, composition, worship, music history, music technology, jazz and improvisation, or open music studies (a self-designed course of academic study in music).

This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.

Sample courses:
  • Introduction to Music Theory and Aural Skills
  • Music Philosophy and Aesthetics
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