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Bethel’s B.A. in Music program gives you the flexibility to pursue your passion in music in addition to other fields of study. Many of our students double major in such areas as psychology, business, and biblical studies. This degree will prepare you for success in a variety of careers.

Why should I study music?

When you major in music, you’ll gain a unique set of skills that will prepare you to enter a wide range of careers. As a musician, you’ll learn how to collaborate and contribute with excellence as a member of a team. In our program you’ll present under pressure, a valuable skill to have in many fields, and hone your ability to quickly process information using multiple senses. In addition, you’ll grow as a musical leader who can perform, conduct, and critically judge music.

What can I do with this degree?

Students specialize in an voice, music composition, or instrument of choice and give a recital at the end of the program. Our students go on to pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Choir director
  • Orchestra conductor
  • Voice teacher
  • Musical arts administrator
  • Composer
  • Accompanist
  • Audio production
  • Professional performer

Students who double major pursue careers in:

  • Business
  • IT
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • And more!

What skills will I develop?

  • Music theory fundamentals
  • Composing
  • Arranging
  • Principles of conducting
  • Musical analysis
  • Musical performance

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: Participate in a music group that travels across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

Festival of Christmas: Multiple music groups participate in this popular, large musical festival every year. You’ll perform in Benson Great Hall, a premier performance venue with over 1,700 seats.

Academic Plans and Course Catalog

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Recent grads have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Aspen Festival, The Oregon Bach Festival, and the nation’s service bands.

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

Upcoming Events

MAR 23 2018

Chamber Orchestra Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Chamber Orchestra under conductor Hannah Schendel will present its 2018 home concert.

MAR 23 2018

Bethel Chamber Orchestra Spring Music Tour 2018

7:30 p.m. Various Wisconsin and Minnesota venues

The Chamber Orchestra and conductor Hannah Schendel perform in Wisconsin and Minnesota during their 2018 music tour.

MAR 24 2018

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will conclude their 2018 spring tour with a concert in Benson Great Hall.

MAR 24 2018

Bethel Wind Symphony Spring Music Tour 2018

7:30 p.m. Various Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin venues plus two concerts in Minnesota

The Wind Symphony and conductor Steven Thompson perform in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota during their 2018 music tour.

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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