Music (B.A.)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is a performance major designed for students interested in studying music within a biblical context. Students choose from one of three areas in which to specialize: voice, instrumental or keyboard. In addition to perfecting their technique, expression and performance skills, students receive comprehensive musical training, acquire an aesthetic sensitivity that embraces diverse musical styles and develop a striving toward musical excellence.

In Minnesota, our Music major program is well-renowned. Our students gain top-notch professional experience through student teaching, church music practice, student ministries and recitals. The Music Department’s extensive performance opportunities range from recitals and musicals, to positions in the Crown College Choir, Kammerchor (both of which perform abroad biannually), Women’s Choir, Crown Brass, String Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and ENCORE.

The flexible B.A. in Music gives students dedicated to a life of making and performing music to God’s glory a variety of post-graduation options. They may pursue a master’s degree or performance career. Some work in a music-related business or industry. Others teach privately in a studio or academy. Our graduates work as church worship leaders, sing professionally with such esteemed Twin Cities groups such as the Minnesota Opera and VocalEssence, and have graduated with a master’s in music from Cambridge University in England.


At Crown College, well over 90% of our new Minnesota music major graduates are employed or continuing their education in a master’s degree program.

The Office of Career Development at Crown is here to help you with your future career and can assist with resume development, career counseling, internships, and job placement. We encourage you to visit the office during your first year to begin planning your internship opportunities as well as developing a professional network.

Music Major (B.A.) Courses

Program Requirements

I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits

II. General Education - 40 Credits

III. Music Major - 45 Credits

IV. Electives - 16 Credits*

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level. If you choose to take lower-level Christian Studies core classes (CHM 201 or CHM 210), then you must take enough upper-level classes in your minor or concentration to meet this requirement.

*Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Total - 125-141 Credits

1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  also qualifies as a fine arts elective. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

4 Music majors must complete a Music Hour credit for every semester enrolled in the Music Department at Crown College. Students must complete MUS 490  Senior Music Hour during their final semester.

5 Students are required to enroll in private lessons on their major instrument each semester until their recital requirements are fulfilled for a minimum of 8 semesters.

6 Piano Lab: Students must take Piano Lab their first year and then private instruction for 1 or 0 credits until the piano proficiency level for their program has been met. Entering students who have a proficiency that surpasses Piano Lab may choose to test out of the class and move directly to private instruction. Students who test out of Piano Lab may need an extra music elective credit to reach the minimum of 125 credits for graduation.

7 Participation in a major ensemble (as approved by the Music Department) relating to their major instrument is required for 8 semesters.


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