Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship

Lead. Direct. Use your musical talent to inspire.

Pfeiffer University prepares vocalists and instrumentalists within the context of a liberal arts education for a career in church music.  While this major focuses on equipping students to work as musicians in churches, many majors choose to continue to graduate school or in careers as performers, composers, music administrators, or private school teachers.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Pfeiffer’s music programs are designed to ensure that our music instruction is of the highest standards. Students will develop musical skills and knowledge to complement their talents and inspirations in order that they may continue to mature and succeed as a musician beyond Pfeiffer.

For more information, read the music and worship onesheet.

Audition Requirements:

  • Students are required to play two contrasting pieces of their choice on their major instruments.
  • Instrumentalists will be asked to play technical exercises such as scales or arpeggios.
  • Instrumentalists may be asked to sight read on their major instrument and vocalists may be asked to complete a short aural skills test.

Submit your audition form.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate music studies program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.

Meet the Music Department Faculty

Curriculum

The curriculum in music presents students with opportunities to perform with a variety of ensembles such as the Concert Choir, the Concert Band, the Pep Band, the Handbell Choir, and others. The curriculum includes a variety of courses to assist students in developing a strong base in music theory, music history, and musicianship. Students are offered individual instruction in voice, piano, organ, woodwind, brass and percussion. Students may also seek certification in Music Ministry in The United Methodist Church.

Many of the activities of the Music Program are open to students majoring in other areas who wish to perform with either vocal or instrumental groups. Most courses are available to non-majors as long as they have completed the prerequisite requirements.

For students who wish to major in music and with a vocational interest in music, Pfeiffer University offers a liberal arts degree in Music and Worship. While this major focuses on equipping students to work as musicians in churches, many majors choose to continue to graduate school or in careers as performers, composers, music administrators, or private school teachers. Beginning in 2017-18, Pfeiffer will offer a second degree as a liberal arts degree in music. This major is intended for musicians who are not interested in church-affiliated music or who want a more flexible degree that can serve as a first or second major.

During their studies at Pfeiffer, all music majors can expect to be involved in private lessons, ensembles, theatrical productions, concerts, performance tours, program planning, public relations, interdisciplinary projects, and community outreach and service. Prospective students must audition to be accepted into the B.A. in Music and Worship at Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer University also offers a Minor in Music. Students minoring in music can expect to participate in many of the same courses, activities and applied lessons as majors.

Our music studies program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 87 semester hours (SH).

Requirements for a Major in Music and Worship (87 SH)

Foundational Music Knowledge (21 SH)

  • MUSI 201 Musicianship I
  • MUSI 202 Musicianship II
  • MUSI 203 Music Theory I
  • MUSI 204 Music Theory II
  • MUSI 205 Class Piano I
  • MUSI 206 Class Piano II
  • MUSI 301 Musicianship III
  • MUSI 302 Musicianship IV
  • MUSI 303 Music Theory III
  • MUSI 304 Music Theory IV
  • MUSI 305 Music Literature I
  • MUSI 306 Music Literature II
  • MUSI 503 Senior Recital and Research
     

Supporting Music Knowledge (13 SH)

Students may choose four or more hour of electives from the following list:

  • MUSI 307 Vocal and Choral Methods
  • MUSI 308 Children and Youth Choir 
  • MUSI 309 Orchestration
  • MUSI 310 Basic Conducting
  • MUSI 311 Music Technology
  • MUSI 410 Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques

Applied Music (28 SH)

Applied Music Concentration (16 SH)
Students will study an instrument of their choice (voice, piano, organ, guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or otherwise) for 28 SHS. The series of courses listed as MUSI 119 - MUSI 179, designate private music lessons. Lessons may be and will be repeated for credit in order to achieve a concentration.

Applied Music Secondary (4 SH)
Students may choose one or more from the following list. Applied lessons may be repeated for credit.

  • MUSI 119 Applied Voice
  • MUSI 129 Applied Piano
  • MUSI 1795 Applied Guitar
  • MUSI 189 Musical Instruments for Children

Ensembles (8 SH)

  • MUSI 312 Music and the Arts

Or

  • MUSI 313 Building Community Through Music
  • MUSI 314 Music and Ministry
  • MUSI 414 Church Music Administration
  • MUSI 501 Production and Composition Workshop
  • MUSI 502 Music and the Arts Workshop
  • MUSI 504 Capstone Experience
  • TBD Religion/Practical Theology

Requirements for a Minor in Music Studies (33 SH)

Foundational Music Knowledge (14 SH)

  • MUSI 201 Musicianship I
  • MUSI 202 Musicianship II
  • MUSI 203 Music Theory I
  • MUSI 204 Music Theory II
  • MUSI 205 Class Piano I
  • MUSI 206 Class Piano II
  • MUSI 305 Music Literature I
  • MUSI 306 Music Literature II

Supporting Music Knowledge (3 SH)

Three SH selected from the academic course offerings in Music. (MUSI 120V may not be selected.)

Applied Music Concentration (8 SH)

Students will study an instrument of their choice (voice, piano, organ, guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or otherwise) for 8 SHS. Lessons may be and will be repeated for credit in order to achieve a concentration.

Ensembles (8 SH)

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Applications and Auditions

Students wishing to enter Pfeiffer University as music majors or music minors should apply to both the Office of Admission and the Department of Music Coordinator. Admission to the University does not constitute acceptance as a music major, nor does acceptance as a music major admit one to the University. Music scholarships are available to music majors and music minors. Some scholarships are available on a limited basis to non-majors. Any student wishing to obtain a music scholarship must audition before the music faculty.

Step 1. Apply to Pfeiffer through the Office of Admissions.

Step 2. Submit your audition form.

Step 3. Audition before the music faculty. Dates for auditions may be obtained by contacting:

Department of Music
Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109
elizabeth.harrison@pfeiffer.edu

Audition tapes may be accepted if a student is unable to come to the campus for the audition. Taped auditions need to be approved by the Music Faculty in advance.

Students with inadequate preparatory work may be conditionally accepted on the basis of the audition. In order to continue as a music major, conditions must be removed by the end of the first year.

Ensembles

Join other talented student musicians in one of Pfeiffer’s ensembles. Successful participation in any ensemble earns 1 CH and an Activity Credit.

MUSI 101: Concert Choir

An ensemble of mixed voices which performs a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. This group performs on and off campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Prof. Joe Judge, joseph.judge@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 104 Jazz Band

An ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumentation that performs contemporary and traditional jazz, Latin and pop music. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Frank Poolos, frank.poolos@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 102 Gospel Choir

A multicultural and interdenominational choral ensemble that primarily performs African-American spirituals and gospel music on and off campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dexter Hinson, dexter.hinson@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 103 Concert Band

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that performs traditional and contemporary repertoire composed and transcribed for concert band. Comprised of students and members of the local community, the band performs concerts on and off campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Ms. Carmella Hedrick, sarah.hedrick@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 105 Pep Band

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that performs popular tunes and chants at Pfeiffer athletic events. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Frank Poolos, frank.poolos@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 106 Praise Band

A small ensemble of singers and keyboard, guitar, bass and drum players that performs worship music on campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, elizabeth.harrison@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 107 The Village Ringers

An ensemble of English handbell ringers that performs secular and sacred repertoire on and off campus. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, elizabeth.harrison@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 108 Guitar Ensemble

An ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary music written or arranged for multiple guitars. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Adam Kosler, adam.kossler@pfeiffer.edu.

MUSI 109 Chamber Music (Percussion Ensemble)

A small ensemble of two or more instrumentalists combined to perform chamber repertoire from all periods of music. Open to all students by audition. To audition, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, elizabeth.harrison@pfeiffer.edu.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Careers

If you dream of a career as a music worship director, a minister of music or a church choir or music director, study music at Pfeiffer. Prepare for graduate study in music or a career as a performing artist.

Ready to get started? Apply now!

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