Bachelor of Arts in Music
Lead. Direct. Use your musical talent to inspire.
Pfeiffer University prepares vocalists and instrumentalists for careers as musicians in a variety of career paths, including music performance, composition, arts administration, worship music directors, private school teachers and more. Our programs train students for leadership positions through an educational experience that unites the high artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of a liberal arts education.
Pfeiffer University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). As a result, the Pfeiffer music program is 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 studies program one sheet.
- 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.
Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer
Pfeiffer’s undergraduate music studies program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.
The curriculum in music presents students with opportunities to perform with a variety of ensembles such as the University Singers, 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.
Core Courses (48 SH)
Foundational Music Knowledge (27 SH)
- MUSI 211 Musicianship I (4 SH)
- MUSI 212 Musicianship II (4 SH)
- MUSI 205 Class Piano I (1 SH)
- MUSI 206 Class Piano II (1 SH)
- MUSI 331 Musicianship III (4 SH)
- MUSI 332 Musicianship IV (4 SH)
- MUSI 305 Music Literature I (3 SH)
- MUSI 306 Music Literature II (3 SH)
- MUSI 505 Senior Recital and Research (3 SH)
- MUSI 510 Capstone (3 SH)
Electives (7 SH)
Students may choose seven or more hours of electives from any course 201 or above. At least 3 SH must be from academic electives. Electives may include upper-level applied lessons.
Applied Music (8 SH)
Students will study an instrument of their choice (voice, piano, organ, guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or otherwise) for at least 8 SHS. The series of courses listed as MUSI 118 - MUSI 179 and MUSI 318 - 378 designate private music lessons. Students must complete 4 SHS in their concentration from MUSI 118-179. After passing their Junior Qualifying Exam students must complete at least another 4 SHS from MUSI 318-378. All applied lessons may be and will be repeated for credit in order to achieve a concentration.
Ensembles (6 SH)
- MUSI 101 University Singers
- MUSI 102 Concert Band
Ensembles may be repeated for credit.
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
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109
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.
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: University Singers
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition & Fees
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.
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