Common Questions

What degrees are offered through the music department?

Concordia offers a bachelor of music education, a bachelor of church music and a bachelor of arts degree in music with emphases in performance, composition and theory, conducting and church music. Music endorsements for those with an education degree, minors in music, contemporary church music and an interdisciplinary minor in worship arts are available as well.

Overview of music major degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    Emphases: Performance, Composition and Theory, Conducting, Church Music and General Studies
    Broad program of general education rather than intense specialization. May be appropriate for students whose professional aspirations require a bachelor of arts degree before continuing further studies.
  • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
    Prepare students to lead and direct music in both traditional and contemporary worship settings. Leads to rostered status in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod as a Director of Parish Music.
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
    For the student preparing to teach music. Leads to certification in both vocal and instrument music, K-12.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education
    • K-8 instrumental music or K-8 vocal music
      Designed for students whose career goals include teaching all basic subjects in a traditional elementary school setting in addition to being certified to teach instrumental or vocal music, K-8.
    • 7-12 instrumental or 7-12 vocal music
      Designed for students whose career goals include combining teaching instrumental or vocal music with one additional subject in a secondary school This endorsement leads to certification in instrumental or vocal music, 7-12. 

What ensembles does Concordia have?

Music department ensembles include the University A Cappella Choir, University Symphonic Band, University Chamber Choir/Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Male Chorus, Women’s Chorale, University Concert Band, University Chamber Orchestra, Concordia Jazz Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Bulldog Athletic Band and handbell choirs. The A Cappella Choir and the Symphonic Band tour internationally. See also:  instrumental ensembles at Concordia, vocal ensembles at Concordia. 

Do you have to be a music major to take lessons or participate in ensembles?

No.  Any Concordia student is welcome to register for private lessons or to audition for any of the ensembles.  The membership of all of our ensembles is made up of a mixture of music majors and non-music majors.

Are music scholarships available?

Yes. Music scholarships are available to all Concordia students, regardless of major, and are based on merit. Yearly renewable scholarships are given in addition to any other financial aid from Concordia (for example, academic scholarships).  For more information on how to audition for a music scholarship, visit the music scholarships page.