The department of music seeks to facilitate an environment of musical creativity, expressive performance, and contextualized music education with a Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered perspective and worldview.
The bachelor of music degree is a professional degree preparing and equipping students for graduate programs or a career in music. Entrance into the bachelor of music degree is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled after students have applied to the university.
The general music degree offers a student competency in basic musicianship that will serve them in a variety of liberal arts pursuits. This degree allows the student to choose 20 interdisciplinary electives or choose an elective emphasis (music ministry or applied music).
The single subject matter programs allow students to complete their subject matter competence through undergraduate coursework, in preparation for pursuing a teaching credential.
I feel accepted and supported. Nobody has denied my aspirations as an artist.
"It is an honor for me to be a part of the Vanguard faculty where the mentoring of students and family atmosphere is real. Students of all levels excel and become equipped with marketplace skills. Watching our students evolve throughout their four years is what I love the most."
Susanne Reid, DMA Department of Music Chair
The study and performance of major choral literature representative of all periods of music, including standard classical repertoire, spirituals, folk songs, hymn/anthem arrangements, and contemporary Christian music. Frequent church and school concerts (up to two per month), with Spring public relations tour. Meets three hours weekly. Meets the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors and is an elective course. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students by audition and interview.
Prerequisite: MUSC 309. This course is designed to teach how to craft a theologically relevant service; overseeing the sound and media; clarifying the role of visuals; building the team and managing rehearsals; working with the band; relating to pastor. Emphasis on skill development and student projects. Offered Spring of odd years.