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Bushnell University’s School of Music and Performing Arts provides students with the fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills necessary for an innovative music education of highly creative, artistic, and academic standards that prepare them for additional training in the pursuit of a specialized concentration such as Composition, Music Business, Music Industry, or Worship Arts. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Music degree, students have acquired critical thinking, technological, creative, and communication skills necessary for employment as a professional musician, technologist, or for advanced study at the graduate level.

Why Choose Music at Bushnell University?

In addition to its innovative curriculum and strong faculty, Bushnell University’s School of Music and Performing Arts will help the student in the following:

  • Possess highly developed performance skills
  • Possess an excellent working knowledge of music
  • Possess significant leadership skills in music and worship
  • Possess additional training as an artist, businessperson, or a worship leader

Career Opportunities

Careers Related to Music Business

  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promotions
  • Retail Sales Management
  • Business Manager
  • Director of Publicity
  • Publicist
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Marketing Representative
  • Merchandiser
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Road Manager
  • Sales Executive

Careers Related to Music Industry

  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Programmer
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Lighting Technician
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Music Technologist
  • Production Director
  • Production Coordinator
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Studio Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Technician

Careers Related to Worship Arts

  • Music Pastor
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Conductor
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Arranger

Careers Related to Composition

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Electronic Composer
  • Song Writer
  • Music Copyist
  • Conductor
  • Music Editor
  • Teacher/Professor

Auditions & Scholarships

All students who desire to pursue a degree in Christian Worship, Contemporary Music Industry, or Music must complete the audition process in addition to fulfilling the Bushnell University admission requirements. *The audition provides the faculty with an opportunity to measure your potential success as a major or minor and to determine whether you will be admitted to the program.  Scholarships may be awarded to eligible students.

*Students interested in ensemble participation only may still complete the audition process to be considered for an ensemble and to be eligible for a potential participation scholarship.

Audition Process:

The audition process consists of three components:  essay application, personal interview, and music audition.

Essay Application:

The essay should be approximately 350-500 words and help us get to know you. The topics that you should address are: Why are you interested in studying Music, Christian Worship or Contemporary Music Industry? Why Bushnell University? What are your career goals at this point in your life? What ministry experiences have you had? And what relevant training have you had for your intended major to this point (private lessons, courses, ensembles, internships, etc.)?

The application must be submitted prior to your scheduled audition.

Performing Arts Audition Application

Interview:

The personal interview is designed to help us get to know you better and to be able to interact with you personally. The interview can be part of your on-campus music audition. You should be nicely dressed and be ready to interact with faculty regarding your essay.

Audition:

For the performance portion of your audition, please prepare two selections in your strongest performance area(s).  If possible, we would encourage you to prepare songs in differing styles.  In addition, students auditioning for the Music major may be asked to sight-read vocally or instrumentally.

*Non-music audition alternative: Bring portfolio of your work or resume of experience with you to your interview.

Audition Dates:

The department has dedicated the following dates as audition days:

  • Fall Preview Day
  • Please note the financial aid priority deadline for Fall 2020 applicants is December 1st.  We encourage seniors to audition by this date for priority scholarship consideration.
  • Spring Preview Day
  • Please note the financial aid priority deadline for Spring 2021 applicants is March 1st.  We encourage seniors to audition by this date for priority scholarship consideration.
  • If unable to attend a designated audition day, specially scheduled auditions can be made on most weekdays (Monday-Friday) throughout the year. Click HERE to submit a Bushnell University Visit Request form.  Select “Audition for Performing Arts” on your requested appointments and they will help coordinate a specific time.
  • Though on-campus auditions are preferred, if travel distance makes it impractical for you to perform an on-campus audition, then you may record and submit a video audition.

Email the School of Music and Performing Arts for further instructions.

Courses in the Music Major

Prerequisites for Music

  • Music Fundamentals
  • The Christian Artist
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Class Piano I & II
  • Choose one from the following
    • Rhythm Section Methods
    • Class Guitar I

Requirements for Music

  • Music Theory I & II
  • Ear Training and Sightreading I & II
  • Music Technology
  • Survey of Music History
  • Music Analysis Through the Centuries
  • Conducting and Rehearsing I
  • Applied Music- Primary Performance Medium
    • 100 Level Instruction
    • 200 Level Instruction
  • Ensemble
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Choose a Required Concentration

  • Music Business
  • Contemporary Music Industry
  • Worship Arts
  • Composition

Courses in the Worship Arts Minor

Prerequisites for the Minor

  • Music Fundamentals
  • Choose one of the following
    • Rhythm Section Methods
    • Class Guitar I

Requirements for the Minor

  • Music Technology
  • Choose two of the following
    • Music Arranging & Producing
    • Conducting and Rehearsing
    • Survey of Music History
  • Applied Music- Primary Performance Medium
    • 100 Level Instruction
    • 200 Level Instructions
  • Ensemble
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • The Worshiping Community
    • Leadership Skills for Ministry
    • Worship Theology and Planning
    • History of Worship in the Church
    • Music Theory I
    • Music Analysis Through the Centuries

Music Business Concentration

As a student focusing on the Music Business Major, you will learn the music industry concepts and methods necessary to manage the financial, artistic, promotion, legal, and ethical issues that face the contemporary music business professional.

In addition, you’ll develop an understanding of the standard of excellence in music business environments through your coursework, practicums, internships, and capstone signature assignment. Through group music projects and other class activities, you’ll gain experience on how to work effectively with others in group settings typically found in the music business.

Additional Prerequisites for Music Business

  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship or Small Business Management

Requirements for Music Business

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Survey of Music Business
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management of Information Systems
    • Legal and Ethical Issues in Business and Management
    • Operations Management
    • Group and Organizational Behavior
    • Global Business Management
    • Marketing Research
    • Branding, Advertising, and Promotion
    • Sales Strategy and Management
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Digital Marketing

Music Industry Concentration

As a student focusing on the Music Business Major, you will learn the music industry concepts and methods necessary to manage the financial, artistic, promotion, legal, and ethical issues that face the contemporary music business professional.

In addition, you’ll develop an understanding of the standard of excellence in music business environments through your coursework, practicums, internships, and capstone signature assignment. Through group music projects and other class activities, you’ll gain experience on how to work effectively with others in group settings typically found in the music business.

Additional Prerequisites for Music Business

  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship or Small Business Management

Requirements for Music Business

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Survey of Music Business
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management of Information Systems
    • Legal and Ethical Issues in Business and Management
    • Operations Management
    • Group and Organizational Behavior
    • Global Business Management
    • Marketing Research
    • Branding, Advertising, and Promotion
    • Sales Strategy and Management
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Digital Marketing

Worship Arts Concentration

If your calling is to work in church music, consider Bushnell University’s music program with a concentration in Worship Arts.

The Bachelor of Science in Music with a concentration in Worship Arts offers you:

  • Church leadership skills in planning worship and arranging for praise bands
  • Opportunities to develop your instrumental and vocal skill for leadership
  • Conducting and rehearsing skills for choir or praise team
  • A capstone project in your junior year
  • A church internship with one-on-one mentoring from faculty
  • Opportunities to lead in campus chapel worship
  • Individual attention in a nurturing Christian environment

At Bushnell, you will not only learn the administration and artistry necessary for a career in worship arts, you will do so in classes where a Christian and liberal arts foundation ensures that your knowledge is broadened, that your work is ethical, and that your faith is deepened.

Requirements for Worship Arts

  • Music Arranging and Producing
  • The Worshiping Community
  • Worship Theology and Planning
  • Sacred Seasons and Time
  • History of Worship in the Church
  • Applied Music- Primary Performance Medium
    • 300 Level Instruction
    • 400 Level Instruct

Composition Concentration

As a student focusing on the Music Composition Major, you will have hands-on experience in composing original music and arranging pieces for a variety of ensembles.  You will have the opportunity to have your work premiered and recorded by professional musicians and mixed and produced by top audio engineers in the field.

For the curriculum, Composition Practicum I & II will equip you with the analytical tools to thoroughly understand music of all genres; Counterpoint will take you to another level of building intricacy in your instrumental writing; and Music Arranging and Producing will introduce you to digital audio workstation (DAW) enabling you to produce a demo of your original song in a contemporary style.

Requirements for Composition

  • Survey of Music Business
  • Counterpoint
  • Music Arranging & Producing
  • Composition Practicum I & II
  • Applied Music – Primary Performance Medium:
    • 300 Level Instruction
    • 400 Level Instruction
Program Director
Karen De Young, DWS
Associate Dean of Music and Performing Arts

D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies M.A., Liberty University B.A., Azusa Pacific …