Music Department

Creating musicians, educators and worship leaders

Developing, training and mentoring superb musicians, who are also growing in their spiritual relationship to Christ, are the focal points of Crown College’s Music Department. Not only do we prepare young men and women to become music educators in public and private schools, but to become effective worship leaders.

The Christian musicians who comprise our faculty are seasoned educators and professional musicians with decades of experience working with churches. Through our faculty, music students learn to balance their personal and professional lives through Christ. Our professors also guide students in leadership, collaboration, and finding and sustaining a career that reflects their Christian depth of character.

Crown’s positive ethos, global reach and missionary commitment are integral to the music department’s programs. As such, the department is continually broadening the global positioning of its music ministry. Our B.A. students in Music and Worship Arts, and in Music Education, spend a semester-long internship at a church in other countries like Holland, Belize, Burma or Spain. Or they may choose an internship in the U.S., where Christian immigrant communities are fast changing the demographics of congregations. Through their internships, students learn and practice intercultural mores and music. They also work alongside a worship pastor who helps prepare them for post-graduation ministry.

Ten years ago, our music department innovated the B.A. in Music and Worship Arts in Minnesota and we are proud to have placed each of the program’s graduates. While our students are all classically trained, we also embrace contemporary music. Students acquire professional experience through student teaching, church music practice, student ministries and recitals. Other performance activities at Crown, designed to hone students’ musicianship, include the Crown College Choir, Kammerchor (both of which perform abroad biannually), Women’s Choir, Crown Brass, Crown Orchestra and Christmas in Crown Chapel.

Our students are members of a long tradition of musical excellence at Crown College. On the cutting edge of musical performance and musical ministry, the Music Department embraces diversity in the student body, in musical styles and in aesthetics, to affirm the joy of rehearsing and performing to the glory of God.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Perform professionally
  • Teach music privately in a studio or academy
  • Work in music-related businesses or industries
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in music

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Arts

  • Minister in worship and music in a local church or Christian organization
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in ministry

Bachelor of Music Education

  • Obtain a vocal music K-12 licensure in Minnesota
  • Teach music professionally in a public or private school
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in music education

Bachelor of Music and World Cultures (NEW FALL 2015!)

  • Train for a career as a music missionary
  • Gain experience as a cross-cultural worship leader
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in ethnomusicology

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded annually to freshmen and transfer students. An audition in the student’s area of study and a completed application are required for scholarship consideration. Priority is given to students planning on majoring in music. Non majors who plan on being involved within the music department may also audition. Scholarship winners are required to be in an ensemble and take private instruction in their area of performance. If a student drops their private instruction or ensemble participation, the scholarship will be revoked. Music scholarships are renewable each year, provided the student meets the criteria.

Application Requirements and Deadlines:
Student applicants must gain acceptance to Crown and complete the Music Scholarship Application, which includes two reference forms and an audition on campus. If distance is prohibitive for an on-campus audition, a recording may be sent for consideration. An audition will be scheduled only after a completed application is on file in the music department. For more information, contact the music department at 952-446-4231, or email

The priority date for music scholarship applications is April 1. Applications will still be accepted after April 1, but funds will be limited.

Award Notifications:
Students will be notified up to two weeks after the audition date.

Music Scholarship Application Music Scholarship Reference

Academy of Music

The Crown College Academy of Music is a comprehensive music program of private instruction, designed to accommodate the growing needs of the community at-large. The goal of the academy is to provide a supportive and enriching learning environment in which each student can develop a greater understanding and appreciation of music to the glory of God. The academy is committed to providing quality musical instruction by highly-qualified faculty and trained music students from the College. Availability of lessons changes each year. Lessons are taught based on the availability of instructors. Most lessons occur between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

  • Private Lessons
    The instruments on which private lessons are offered are subject to change, based upon instructor availability.
  • Tuition
    Lessons may begin at any point in the semester. Tuition is billed monthly, based on the number of lessons received in the month. Lessons canceled according to the academy of music policy will not be billed.
  • Placement
    New students registering for individual instruction are placed with a teacher based on skill level, interests, expectations and schedule.  Providing this information enables the coordinator to select the teacher that will best match your interests and needs.


All academy instructors are chosen because of their love for music, their commitment to their faith and their desire to share music with others. Instructors choose their own teaching methods and tailor lessons to individual student interests, levels and abilities. Instructors include current Crown students and faculty.


Private lessons begin with the academic school year. After the registration form has been submitted, the coordinator will conduct a placement interview and schedule a lesson time.  Lessons may begin at any time after the registration form and annual fee are submitted to the music office. Changes of address or telephone number should be provided to the academy of music office in a timely manner.

Instructor Level (2013-2014 tuition)

  • Faculty Instructor: starting at $26 per half hour
  • Graduate Instructor: (Level II): $24 per half hour
  • Graduate Instructor (Level I): $22 per half hour
  • Student Instructor: $18 per half hour

Annual Fee: $50 per student or $75 per family (applied in the first semester lessons begin; thereafter applied each fall semester; students who begin lessons after July 1 will not have the fee applied until the fall of the following year). This fee is non-refundable and covers registration and materials used. A minimum down payment of $100 (one student) or $150 (multiple students) is required at the first lesson of the fall semester. Monthly invoices will be sent via email. Alternative payment arrangements may be made with the music office.

  • Lesson Use

    Prepaid unused lessons from the Fall semester may be rolled over into the following Spring semester, and unused lessons from the Spring semester may be rolled over into the following Summer Session. In the event that an instructor is unable to finish the lessons paid for, arrangements will be made for a substitute instructor. Unused lessons with student instructors may be refunded at the end of the year, or the dollar amount rolled over into the following year.

    A registration for lessons is expected to be a registration for the entire academic year. Learning a musical instrument is a skill that takes time to develop. Students who discontinue lessons midsemester may continue to be charged for lessons unless the Music Office is notified according to the Academy policy.

  • Instructor Requests

    In the event that a student wishes to study with a different instructor within the course of a given semester, a request must be made in writing to the Music Office. This request must contain the desired instructor and date to change and reasons for the request. Requests to change instructors at the end of a semester must be made through the Music Office.

  • Absences

    Teachers must be notified of student absences 24-hours prior to the lesson to avoid the lesson charge.  Messages may be left through the Music Office or on the teacher’s cell phone. 952-446-4231 or

    In the event of illness, the Music Office must be notified by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the lesson to avoid the lesson charge. 952-446-4231 or

    In extreme cases (family emergency, dangerous road conditions, extended illness) efforts will be made to reconcile lost time in the best interest of both parties. Students who have attended a complete day of school will be expected to attend their lesson unless they have a fever, are contagious with a communicable disease, or are unable to appear in public due to the nature of the illness.

    Lessons cancelled by an instructor will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both the teacher and the student. In the event that the College is closed, students will be notified by the Music Office. If the student’s school is closed or has early dismissal due to weather, the parent is responsible to notify the Music Office of their intent to make or cancel lessons as soon as the school’s announcement is made.

  • Late Arrival

    Students are expected to arrive on time for their lessons. Instructors will wait 10 minutes before assuming that a student is absent for a lesson. Instructors are not required to make up the lost time. If an instructor is late, however, he/she will arrange to make up any missed lesson time.

  • Withdrawal From Academy

    Discontinuing lessons or classes requires three weeks written notification to the Music Office. Students who discontinue and do not provide written notification of withdrawal will be considered officially enrolled. The student will therefore be held responsible for any tuition charges associated with official enrollment.

Music Department Degree Programs

Associate of Arts in Music (A.A.)
Music (B.A.)
Music and World Cultures (B.A.)
Music and Worship Arts (B.A.)
Music Education (B.M.E.)

Music Minors

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Minors Available From Other Departments

Students enrolled in a Christian music degree program at Crown College may choose to earn a minor as part of their degree program, including courses taken from other departments.  Students should select their minors in consultation with their academic advisors.

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