About the BA in Music Degree
Why Study Music at Cedarville?
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.
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What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Performance or Research — You can select from two tracks:
- Recital track for those interested in performing 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).
Selective (audition required) — You will be accepted into the music program — and be eligible for a department scholarship — based on a successful audition with music faculty.
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.
What Can You Do With a Music Degree?
You will be prepared for graduate school, private teaching, ministry, and many other pursuits.
We’re proud of our successful graduates! 97.6% of 2020 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.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
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.
This major offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.
- Introduction to Music Theory and Aural Skills
- Music Philosophy and Aesthetics
Start Your Degree in High School!
Save time and money in college by taking dual enrollment courses now. Discover how you can complete your music degree in just three years with the Dual Enrollment 3-Year Pathway.Explore the Dual Enrollment Pathway
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
From Our Students:
Modern-day hymn writer. Famous friends. Creative life. Influencer of the next generation. Singer-songwriter Matt Papa has a lot going for him. But when it comes down to it, it's his faithfulness with those nearest and dearest that really frames his life.
The new songwriting minor will be offered this fall and include seven classes, four of which are new classes to the music and worship department specifically created for the minor.