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Music is about more than hitting the right notes. It’s about honoring our Creator.

The Department of Music prepares graduates who are talented musicians in tune with the creativity of our Maker. With each lecture, lesson, and performance, you’ll be challenged to grow in your abilities and prepare for a lifetime of sharing the gift of music.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Applied Performance Major
Music Major Minor
Music Education Major
Pre-music Therapy Program Program

Upcoming Events

MAY 2 2017

Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

A concert of orchestral favorites conducted by Steven Thompson

MAY 5 2017

Jazz in the Great Hall

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The 5:40 Jazz Orchestra will present a program of classic jazz tunes directed by Jason Harms.

MAY 12 2017

Classics in the Great Hall

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Gene Peterson will conduct a choral-orchestral work, and student winners of the 2017 concerto-aria competition will perform.

MAY 14 2017

Bethel Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Kevin Shull directs the Bethel Handbell Ensemble in a concert of pieces for handbells.

Glorifying God and Serving Others Through Music

In the music department at Bethel, we've developed majors and minors that allow students to sharpen their individual skills and follow their passions. We think that there's no better preparation for a career in music than working with peers in ensembles, meeting one-on-one with professors to fine-tune technical skills, or stepping onto the platform for competition. After all the private lessons, long hours in practice rooms, and dress rehearsals, students in the music program leave ready for a lifetime of sharing the gift of music. It's about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.

0% music education grads since 2011 are teaching

Students have won a national composition prize and a statewide vocal competition.

Program Highlights

Renowned performance facilities

Bethel's 1,700-seat Benson Great Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the Upper Midwest, attracts local and national performers to aid in your growth as a musician.

National and international tours

Major music ensembles tour within the U.S. every year and internationally once every 4 years, giving you the opportunity to share God's love and inspire others through performance.

Multi-disciplinary preparation

Because we're a liberal arts institution, you'll interact with a variety of disciplines, which prepares you for a multitude of careers. And with nearly 400 university students involved in ensembles, your experiences will be rich and diverse.

Talented faculty

Music professors are passionate, innovative teachers, as well as talented musicians in their own right. With 7 full-time and 26 part-time professors, the broad range of musical disciplines is represented. From private lessons to music theory classes, honoring God with our talents and discipline is at the core of what we do.

Excellent career placement

Nearly all of our recent music education grads who actively seek teaching positions have been placed in jobs throughout Minnesota and the nation.

Private lessons

Private lessons in voice and a variety of instruments are available to music and non-music majors alike.

Music competitions

We sponsor 2 student competitions each year—the fall semester Performance Prize and the spring Concert-Aria competition—offering you top-level performance preparation and scholarship opportunities.

Performance opportunities

Bethel provides extensive opportunity for all students—music majors and non-majors alike—in both large and small ensembles, including:

  • Bethel Choir
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jazz Bands (2)
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • and many others

In addition to their individual local and tour performances, these groups perform together in Bethel’s annual Festival of Christmas, Jazz in the Great Hall, and Spring Music Festival concerts.

What can I do with a music degree?

Music students prepare for professional careers in a variety of industries and graduate programs in fields ranging from performance to music therapy to education.


Music graduates are:

  • Music educators
  • Professional performers
  • Worship leaders
  • Studio teachers
  • Music therapists
  • Music software developers
  • Arts administrators
  • Accompanists
  • Composers or arrangers
  • Film score writers
  • Recording or audio engineers
  • Music publishers
  • Instrument repairers
  • Music library managers   

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Music education
  • Performance
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Music therapy

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Denver University
  • Duke University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Tennessee

Music Features

Concerts & Performing Arts Events

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Bethel Music Recordings

Visit the online store to purchase recordings of Bethel University Festival of Christmas, Bethel Choir, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Orchestra.

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