Music

Bachelor of Arts

Man playing the piano

Overview

Music programs at Piedmont International University are designed to prepare students biblically and musically for future music ministries in churches and schools. Each program offers a unique balance of biblical foundation, academic content, performance study, and practical experience. Majors are offered in Music and Music Education (see School of Education) and two minors (see Minors section).

Proficiency Prerequisites

Students who major or minor in music select a proficiency in voice, piano, organ, orchestral instrument, or classical guitar. Admission to any music program follows satisfactory completion of an audition. Prospective students who desire to major in one of the two programs offered through the Department of Music should strive to possess the following skills before entering their chosen field of study in order to be a successful college music major:

  • Music Reading Ability - possess the ability to read music without the assistance of an individual who can read music. Voice students would benefit from taking some basic piano to enhance their music reading skills.
  • Repertoire - gain stage experience by performing solos or in small ensembles during church or youth group activities. Stage experience will enable the prospective music major to overcome some of the nervousness associated with performing in public.
  • Technique - learn to sing or play major scales. Basic ability to perform some major scales will greatly benefit the potential music major in private lessons and music theory courses.
  • Practice habits - develop an enjoyment for practicing in the music major’s proficiency with goals and objectives in mind that will allow the student to maintain regular, sustained periods of practice. Practicing outside of the lesson is crucial in the development and growth of the college music major.

The prerequisites outlined are by no means designed to exclude anyone from being a music major. They are given so that prospective music majors may know how to adequately prepare themselves for the lessons, courses, and performances they will be involved in while a University music major.

Auditions

All prospective music majors and minors must audition prior to registration. Students may also arrange an audition prior to the semester of enrollment by contacting the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences when scheduling a visit to the University.

Prospective students should prepare two contrasting selections for the audition that demonstrate technique and musicality. In addition, students will be asked to sight read music in their proficiency. A Music Theory test and an Ear Training test are given to assess the student’s needs in the areas of music fundamentals and aural skills. These tests are administered prior to registration.

Performing Opportunities

Music students are provided with various performance opportunities including chorale, small choral and instrumental ensembles, solos, recitals, Chapel services, and weekly performance classes.

4 Year Program
Available Residentially

Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student should be equipped to do the following:

  • Articulate a philosophy of worship and music by means of a research paper citing scriptural references and other resources to support their philosophy.  
  • Perform a junior and senior recital that shows the student is competent as a performer.
  • Prepare a choir or praise team for a church worship service for a local church using rehearsal and conducting techniques developed in conducting courses.
  • Organize and administer the church music department as a result of completing course requirements of various church music courses and serving as a church intern.
  • Demonstrate competence in music theory and aural skills, music history, and formal analytical techniques.
  • Give evidence of the ability to rehearse the various types of church choirs, include youth choirs, and know resources for selecting music.