Music Major - Liberal Arts (M)

The Music Department contributes to the spiritual, artistic, cultural, academic and co-curricular aspects of campus life at the University. In doing so, the faculty is committed to blending talent and fellowship to the highest degrees of professional artistry in praise of the Lord’s name. We additionally hope to impact our surrounding community while fulfilling our purpose. 

The Liberal Arts Music major may be used for general music or as an entry degree into the various graduate programs. The Liberal Arts Music major does not require a minor. 

A complete listing of enforceable Music Department procedures is published annually in the Music Department handbook, which is issued at Music major orientation. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Goal #1. Students will exhibit competent performing skills on their major instrument.
  • Goal #2. Students will exhibit strong theoretical/historical knowledge, demonstrated in performance (recital) and communication (writing/speaking) skills.
  • Goal #3. Students will demonstrate competence in vocal, keyboard, and conducting performance skills at a professional level. 
  • Goal #4. Students will exhibit professional speaking, writing, and social skills appropriate to their major area. 
  • Goal #5. Students will demonstrate understanding of practical and aesthetic considerations (choosing music, teaching techniques, evaluation procedures, critical listening) appropriate to successful achievement in their chosen musical field.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements49
Electives or Minor26
Minor: Optional
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
MUS 080Concert/Recital Attendance (each semester) 10
MUS 204Keyboard Skills (Proficiency-based)2
MUS 240Music Theory I3
MUS 246Aural Theory I1
MUS 241Music Theory II3
MUS 247Aural Theory II1
MUS 242Music Theory III3
MUS 248Aural Theory III1
MUS 243Music Theory IV3
MUS 251Aural Theory IV1
MUS 250Beginning Conducting3
MUS 271Music History I3
MUS 272Music History II3
MUS 273Music History III3
MUS 351Advanced Conducting (OR)3
or MUS 445 Composing and Arranging
MUS 499Recital (Principal area)2
Applied Music (Minimum 2 credits each semester in principal area)14
Ensemble - choose from list below 20
Chapel Ringers
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Chapel Choir
Alleluia Ringers
Pep Band
Jazz Ensemble
String Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra
University Band
Concordia Civic Chorale
Major Electives 26

All music majors are required to register for MUS 080. Not registering is the same as not passing. A music major must pass 7 of 8 semesters. If a student fails 2 consecutive semesters the student will be required to attend a hearing with the music faculty.


Participation in ensembles is required every semester while in residency. All music majors and minors audit ensembles. 

Program Admission

To gain degree-seeking status as a music major, a student must:

  1. Successfully pass a qualifying audition;
  2. Prepare and present a portfolio of musical activities and accomplishments; 
  3. Audition by the deadline of the 2nd semester from the time of major declaration. 
  4. Transfer students: have their transcripts evaluated by the music faculty for determination of credited coursework and hours. 

Keyboard proficiency test or MUS 204 Keyboard Skills class required of all Music majors.