Top 10 Christian College Music Programs 2017

Top-10-Music-Colleges-and-Universities-2017Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Christian College Music Programs for 2017.  When considering any specialty, it important to weigh as many factors as possible.  By presenting this shortlist of the Top 10 Music Programs, we desire to provide students and parents with a valuable resource to assist in their decision-making.  CUO has researched, compiled and reviewed the data in order to present this list of the best of the best when it comes to the study of Music.  Music is an oft overlooked aspect of our life, but if you pay attention, it truly is all around us.  The study of Music for composition, performance or theory/instruction has value in contemporary culture.  Our hope is to help students make their best choice when selecting a school to earn their degree or certificate in Music.

We first gathered all institutions that are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or could be considered member eligible .  We then gathered publicly available data in 6 different categories.  We started with the number of undergraduate and graduate music degrees offered by each school and assigned a slightly higher weight to this category.  Next, data was collected in the following 5 categories and weighted equally:  1) Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  Lastly, each data set was standardized and an overall score was calculated.  While this ranking presents the top 10 scores, there are many other schools with high quality music programs in our pool of schools.  If you are looking for a specific school that did not make the top 10, don’t hesitate to contact us for information on their degree programs in music.

10

Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. In 1889 the school was established as the Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. In 1917 the school’s name was changed to Huntington College and in 1961 the College received accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s present name of Huntington University was adopted. Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees. Several music-related degree programs are offered through various departments, including majors in Music Education (Choral and Instrumental), Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, and Vocal performance; a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts in Music; and a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. Huntington University’s Music Department provides students with music training within the context of a liberal-arts education, developing students into both musicians and scholars. Students are also given the option of participating in a number of ensembles, including Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Improvisation Ensemble, as well as in Huntington University’s Opera/ Musical Theatre Workshop or Accompanying Seminar.

  •         Music
  •         Music Business
  •         Choral Music Education
  •         Instrumental Music Education
  •         Instrumental Performance
  •         Piano Performance
  •         Vocal Performance

9

Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Established in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. In the 1950s Cedarville University came under management of Evangelical Baptists when it merged with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains this affiliation with the Baptist denomination and holds accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was granted in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objectives are to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.” Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students.

More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered at Cedarville University as well as several graduate-level programs. Six music majors are offered through the University’s Department of Music and Worship including a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Keyboard Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Performance (covering the areas of instrumental, piano, and vocal), Worship (with emphases in electronic media, music, theatre, pre-seminary, and communication), and Music Education K-12 (with concentrations in vocal, instrumental, and general). The phrase, “Soli Deo Gloria” (for the glory of God alone) serves as both the mission and driving force behind Cedarville University’s Department of Music and Worship. Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of ensembles including the University Orchestra, Concert Choral, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Choir, and more.

  •         Composition
  •         Keyboard Pedagogy
  •         Music
  •         Performance
  •         Worship
  •         Music Education K-12

8

Anderson University - IN

Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana. In 1917, the school was established as the Anderson Bible Training School, originally, by the Church of God movement. Today, Anderson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has received top recognitions from The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes. Anderson University is built on the five pillars of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity; the University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Service and ministry lie close to the heart of Anderson University’s people and students and faculty volunteer as much as 24,000 hours annually in community service. Anderson University is situated on a 100-acre suburban campus and has a total enrollment of over 2,000 students, nearly all of whom are undergraduates.

Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors including several which are offered in the area of music through the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Anderson University’s music programs include a Bachelor of Music, with majors in Music Education (K- 12), Musical Theatre, Voice Performance, and Instrumental Performance; and a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Music, Church Music, Music Business, and Songwriting. Several music minors are also offered, including minors in Church Music, Music, Music Business, Music Performance, and Music Theory & Literature. Anderson University’s School of Music holds is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Students are given the opportunity to perform solos in recitals and to participate in the University’s orchestral, wind, and choral ensembles which tour across the US and internationally. Anderson University’s Boze Lyric Theater program produces stated musical theatre and opera productions annually, and students are given professional music experience through the University’s recording label, Orangehaus Records.

  •         Music
  •         Music Business
  •         Church Music
  •         Instrumental Performance
  •         Voice Performance
  •         Songwriting
  •         Musical Theatre
  •         Music Education Teaching

7

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas. Overlooking the beautiful Mountain Creek Lake, Dallas Baptist University is situated on a scenic 292 acre campus on the hills of Southwest Dallas. Dallas Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was originally established in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in the state. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and adopted the name Dallas Baptist College before gaining university status in 1985. Dallas Baptist University offers seven Associate degrees and 72 undergraduate majors. In addition, DBU offers 28 master’s programs, 59 duel master’s degree programs, 2 doctoral programs, and 49 accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The school is comprised of the following academic divisions: College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13:1. The University’s Department of Music is housed by the College of Fine Arts. The mission of the Department of arts is to “educate students in order that they might engage the global society and industry through transformational musical performance, scholarship, and service so they might be servant leaders in their chosen professions.” Dallas Baptist University offers several music degree programs, including a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance; Bachelor of Music Education; Bachelor of Arts/Science in Music; and a Bachelor of Arts/Science/Business Administration in Music Business.

  •         Church Music
  •         Music
  •         Music Business
  •         Music Education
  •         Piano Performance
  •         Vocal Performance

6

Anderson University - SC

Located in Anderson, South Carolina, Anderson University is a private, comprehensive Christian institution of higher education. Though formally established in 1911, Anderson University traces its heritage back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. The seminary was forced to shut down following the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and due to the onset of the Civil War, but was later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (which was eventually renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission as an “academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention” is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 – including over 2,500 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 14:1.

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts through which Anderson University’s music programs are taught. Anderson University offers a Bachelor of Music degree with majors in Commercial Music; Instrumental Performance; Piano Performance; Piano Performance and Pedagogy; Vocal Performance; Worship Leadership; and Music Education (both Instrumental and Vocal/Choral). A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre is also offered as well as an Online Master of Music in Music Education. Anderson University’s music faculty includes highly trained professors who have graduated from top conservatories, performed internationally, and recorded in Hollywood. Students have the opportunity to participate in one of the University’s fifteen music ensembles, including both choral and instrumental ensembles, which perform over 50 times each year.

  •         Commercial Music
  •         Instrumental Performance
  •         Piano Performance
  •         Piano Performance and Pedagogy
  •         Vocal Performance
  •         Worship Leadership
  •         Music Education – Instrumental
  •         Music Education – Vocal/Choral
  •         Musical Theatre
  •         Music Education (MM)

5

Messiah College

Located about eight miles outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909, the school was originally known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. In 1921 the school grew into a junior college and by 1951 had developed a four-year college program, changing its name to Messiah College. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. In 1963 Messiah College was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Today, the College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates. Messiah College’s student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

More than 80 majors and several pre-professional programs are offered at Messiah College as well as nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. Divided into four schools, Messiah College’s School of the Arts houses the Department of Music through which several music majors are offered, including a Bachelor of Arts in Music (including specializations in Business and Music and Worship); Bachelor of Science in Music Education; Bachelor of Music in Music Performance; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre; and a Master of Music in Conducting. Students in Messiah College’s Department of Music have the opportunity to participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as the College’s Concert Choir. Messiah College boasts the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, one of the newest buildings on campus with more than 90,000 square feet designated for theatre, dance, and musical arts programming.

  •         Music
  •         Music
  •         Music Education
  •         Music Performance
  •         Musical Theatre

4

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. APU boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. Established in 1899, APU was founded by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, California as the first Bible college on the West Coast, known as Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination are diminished as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.                  

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. In the area of Music, nine distinct programs are offered through the College of Music and the Arts, which houses the University’s School of Music. APU’s music programs include both bachelor’s and master’s degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with concentrations available in Applied Music, Music Education, and Music Theory; Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music, Composition Music, Music and Worship, and Performance; and a Master of Music degree in the areas of Composition, Conducting, Education, and Performance. The mission of APU’s School of Music is to train students to be music professionals by providing education in an environment of “musical excellence and artistic integrity.” Located in close proximity to the music culture of Los Angeles, APU offers students the opportunity to participate in more than 20 music ensembles.

  •         Music
  •         Commercial Music
  •         Composition Music
  •         Music and Worship
  •         Performance
  •         Composition (MM)
  •         Conducting (MM)
  •         Education (MM)
  •         Performance (MM)

3

Union University

A private, four-year, Christian liberal arts-based institution, Union University is located in Jackson, Tennessee. Situated on a 290 acre urban campus, Union is located roughly 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. In addition to its main campus, Union also operates two extension campuses in Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. The mission of Union University is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Union has received a number of major recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and has been ranked in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, among others. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution. Union has a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000 students.

More than 100 programs of study are offered at Union University in a broad range of academic fields. The Music Department of Union University’s College of Arts & Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts/ Science in Music with majors the in the areas of Church Music; Music (with emphases available in Communication Arts, Management, and Worship Leadership); Music Composition; Music Education (both Instrumental and Vocal); Music Theory; Performance (in Organ, Piano, and Voice); and Worship Leadership. Minors in both Music and Worship Leadership are also offered. Student at Union are given opportunity to participate in one of the University’s four choral assembles; perform in the University’s Symphonic Band, Orchestra, or Jazz Band; or participate in the Department of Music’s Opera Workshop or Piano Ensembles, depending on each student’s area of interest. All of Union’s musical students study with dedicated professors who are recognized nationally as educators, performers, and composers and are committed to the mission of teaching from a Christian worldview.

 

  •         Church Music
  •         Music Composition
  •         Music Education
  •         Music Theory
  •         Music
  •         Performance
  •         Worship Leadership

2

Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the Genesee Valley. Affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, Houghton College was established in 1883 by Willard J. Houghton, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, as a high school known as Houghton Seminary. By the mid-1920s the school had grown into a four-year college and in 1927 the school was granted its permanent charter by the state of New York. In 1935 Houghton College achieved accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

Houghton College offers programs in a number of academic areas through its several departments. A wide variety of majors, pre-professional programs, and graduate-level programs are offered in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. A total of ten music degree programs are offered at Houghton College, including a Bachelor of Arts in Music; a Bachelor of Music in the areas of Performance, Music Education, and Composition; a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry; a Master of Arts in Music; and a Master of Music degree in the areas of Performance, Composition, Conducting (choral and instrumental), and Collaborative Performance. All of these programs are offered through Houghton College’s Greatbatch School of Music which provides music students with the opportunity to tour internationally with Houghton College’s ensembles, interact with guest artists, and participate in internships and residencies.

  •         BA
  •         Music
  •         Performance
  •         Composition
  •         Bachelor of Music
  •         Music Industry
  •         Music (MA)
  •         Performance (MM)
  •         Composition (MM)
  •         Conducting (MM)
  •         Collaborative Performance (MM)

1

Liberty University

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution and the fifth largest university in the United States as well as the largest Christian university in the world. Established in 1971, Liberty University was founded by Jerry Falwell, Sr., who served as Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, declaring that Liberty University’s goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.” Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 – including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Liberty University offers an astonishing number of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs in a wide variety of areas. Among these are more than twenty music-related degree programs, ranging from Bachelors to Master’s. Specific music programs include a Bachelor of Music  degree in Commercial Music; Music in World Cultures; Piano Performance; Artist Development; Leadership Communication; Songwriting; String Performance; Vocal Performance; Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance; Worship Studies; Choral Music – Music Education; and Instrumental Music- Music Education. A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is also offered in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, and Music and Worship Studies (with several areas of specific concentration). At the graduate-level, Liberty University offers a Master of Arts degree in the areas of Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Music and Worship, and Worship Studies.

  •         Music, Instrumental
  •         Music and Worship Studies
  •         Music, Vocal
  •         Music in World Cultures
  •         Commercial Music
  •         Piano Performance
  •         Artist Development
  •         Leadership Communication
  •         Songwriting
  •         String Performance
  •         Vocal Performance
  •         Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance
  •         Worship Studies
  •         Choral Music
  •         Instrumental Music
  •         Ethnomusicology (MA)
  •         Music Education (MA)
  •         Music and Worship (MA)
  •         Worship Studies (MA)