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About the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree

Why Study Music Performance at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Music in performance degree will prepare you for a rewarding career as a performer.

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 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?

Program Overview

Program Highlights

Specialized - You will choose an instrumental, piano, or vocal concentration.

Expert Faculty - Faculty members will provide you with the highest level of studio instruction and mentoring. Excellent

Preparation - You will be equipped with general knowledge of the music literature in your performance area.

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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.

Placement Success

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.

What Can You Do With a Music Performance Degree?

Most of our performance majors pursue a graduate education after Cedarville. Their graduate school placement is exemplary with recent; performance majors being offered admission — often with paid assistantships — to prestigious schools such as:

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will have many opportunities to use and develop your gifts within the Department of Music and Worship. You can choose from choral, instrumental, chamber, and worship  ensembles with performance opportunities both on and off campus.

Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will experience four years of intensive, one-on-one private lessons with a professor and take courses in chamber music and the literature of your instrument.

Sample courses:

  • Introduction to Music Literature
  • Music Philosophy and Aesthetics


The CUinClass video project was originally filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow virtual visitors to experience Cedarville classes, While students no longer wear masks and guests are welcomed in person, these on-demand videos still provide a great opportunity to hear from our professors and experience academics at Cedarville. View a class that interests you now!

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.

Related Programs

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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From Our Students:

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Program Faculty

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Beth Porter, M.A.

Chair, Associate Professor of Vocal Music


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Carlos Elias, M.M.

Professor of Music; Director of University Orchestra


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John Mortensen, D.M.A.

Professor of Music


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