Music Major

Music Major

Bachelor of Arts

With a music major, you’ll be able to pursue you passion in music in addition to other fields of study.

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Become who you’re meant to be. While earning a B.A. in Music, you’ll have the flexibility to delve into a specialized area in music while also pursuing another area of study, equipping you with a versatile skillset for any career. You’ll specialize in voice, music composition, or your instrument of choice while pursuing another area of study, preparing you for a successful career in music and beyond.

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Why should I study music at Bethel?

Here, you’ll find a Christ-centered learning community where you belong. Your learning will center in the Department of Music and Performing Arts, where you’ll learn from professors who get to know you personally and invest in your success. You’ll experience:

  • Faith-fueled learning. You’ll learn to use your God-given musical talents to go into the world and serve with purpose, whether in performance, teaching, or composing.
  • Bethel's music major requires a small number of credits, providing you the flexibility to pursue a second major and customize your education.
  • Specialized tracks. Choose from voice, music composition, or your instrument of choice to tailor your degree to your passions and career goals.
  • A vibrant community. Youll learn in a dynamic music department where youll develop close relationships with your professors and classmates through lessons, practices, performances, informal gatherings, music trips, and more. 

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Courses and Skills

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Through Bethel’s B.A. in Music program, you’ll cultivate a diverse skill set essential for success in the music industry and beyond.

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Music theory proficiency.

Master fundamental concepts in music theory, composition, arranging, and analysis.

Comprehensive musical education.

Develop a strong foundation in music theory, performance, composition, and conducting.

Performance excellence.

Hone your musical skills through regular performances, recitals, and collaborative projects.

Leadership and collaboration.

Work closely with faculty and peers to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

Marketable skillset.

You’ll learn to present under pressure, a valuable skill to have in many fields, and hone your ability to quickly process information using multiple senses.

Professional readiness.

Gain practical experience in auditioning, networking, and career development, preparing for various music-related professions.

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Academic Plans

The best way to get a sense for life at Bethel is to experience it for yourself. Meet professors and students, enjoy the beautiful lakeside campus, and feel the energy of our faith-filled community.

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Learning opportunities

What experiences will I have?

Hands-on learning is at the core of all Bethel majors. That means you’ll find numerous opportunities to get involved, study abroad, apply what you’ve learned, and gain. And Bethel’s size and vibrant community will allow you to pursue ways to get involved right away.

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Collaboration and one-on-one lessons.

In private lessons, you’ll benefit from one-on-one mentorship and guidance from accomplished faculty members who are invested in your musical development. And you’ll have opportunities to collaborate on performances and research with your professors.

Numerous performance opportunities.

You’ll have access to unique and prestigious performance opportunities, scholarships, competitions, and immersive experiences. And you’ll regularly perform in competitions and several Bethel events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall in Bethel’s Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities.

Participate in music tours.

Participate in music ensembles that travel across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

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Careers and Outcomes

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of Bethel’s B.A. in Music program are equipped with a versatile skill set and diverse experiences, preparing for various fields. You’ll also give a senior recital at the end of the program.

Professional musician.

Perform solo or with ensembles in a variety of genres, and you can go on to work as an accompanist.

Music education.

Teach music in schools, colleges, community programs, or private lessons.

Composing or arranging.

Create original music for performances, recordings, films, and multimedia projects.

Music direction.

Direct musical ensembles, orchestras, bands, or choirs in a range of settings like churches, theaters, and community organizations.

Arts administration.

Manage music programs, festivals, venues, or arts organizations, overseeing artistic and logistical operations.

Music therapy.

Utilize music as a therapeutic tool to promote healing, wellness, and emotional expression in clinical settings.

Dual-career opportunities.

Students who double major in music often pursue careers in business, psychology, education, or IT, for diverse career options.

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Visiting campus is the best way to learn about Bethel and our majors. As you try out academic and campus life at Bethel, you can attend a class, chat with students, meet professors and coaches, tour campus, and get a taste of life in our program.

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Faculty Section

Meet your professors

You’ll learn alongside faculty who are distinguished scholars and faithful Christians. They’ll know you by name and invest in your success. Professors are accessible and usually have an open-door policy so you can stop by with questions, and you’ll often find students gathered in the “HiPPos Suite.”

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Contact

Phone: 612.555.5555

Email: departmentinfo@bethel.edu

Rollin King

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Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Rollin King

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Brandon Winters

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Rollin King

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Brandon Winters

Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair

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Alumni perform in local musical theatre productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Ordway, the Guthrie, and the Minnesota Children’s Theatre Company.

Student Support

Your support team

At Bethel, you’ll experience a community where you belong. And that means you’ll be able to access numerous tools for your academic success—tutoring, mentors, study help, and more.

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Career Development and Calling

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Academic Advising

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Academic Enrichment and Support

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Christian Formation

At Bethel, you’ll experience a community where you belong. And that means you’ll be able to access numerous tools for your academic success—tutoring, mentors, study help, and more.

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Careers and Outcomes

Scholarships

Graduates of Bethel’s B.A. in Music program are equipped with a versatile skill set and diverse experiences, preparing for various fields. You’ll also give a senior recital at the end of the program.

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Program Options

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Bethel’s small size, strong community, and liberal arts focus allows you to personalize your education by adding additional majors or minors. In fact, about 30% of students double major—and many pursue degrees in vastly different disciplines.

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