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Academic Programs

Welcome to the Music Department

A solid Christian atmosphere, an excellent resident faculty, and a growing campus make Bethel College an exciting setting for the study of music. With 60 major fields of study, six master’s degree programs, full accreditation by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), The Higher Learning Commission (a member of the North Central Association), and The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Bethel College is an excellent choice for your college education. If you are interested in pursuing a career in music, Bethel offers Majors in Music Education (instrumental, vocal and combined choirconcentrations) and Music Performance. We also offer a Minor in Music as well as a Minor in Church Music. With about 2,000 students, Bethel is large enough to offer many performance opportunities, yet small enough to provide students with personalized attention and experiences.

The music curriculum at Bethel strives to bring each of its students to an understanding of the pedagogical, historical, and theoretical aspects of musical performance while striving for the highest levels of technical and artistic development in the teaching and performing of music. Furthermore, the Music Faculty believe that music is a gift from God, used to express all of the various human emotions, moods, values, and thoughts that He has given to us. All musical performance and study (whether it is classical, jazz, contemporary, or sacred) is approached in light of biblical perspectives that (1) describe the making of music as an act of worship and (2) demand excellence as the norm of stewardship.

We welcome you to take a good look at our program and to prayerfully consider Bethel as the school you would like to attend. You’ll find our faculty to be caring, professional, personal and skilled. Please contact us if you have further questions.