School of Music

  • 12.01.2015


The School of Music is designed to allow students to pursue their passion for music and achieve the mission of GCU, which is to glorify God in all creations. These programs emphasize artistic creativity, professional knowledge, and technical ability, while building students' character through a strong footing in biblical values. The School of Music provides advanced training in music through our distinguished faculty and educates its students to be excellent musicians who are able to play dynamic roles as performers, composers, music scholars, and music educators in the community and the church.

Degree Programs

The School of Music focuses on two degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Music (BAM) and Master of Arts in Music (MAM). The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree concentrates on music within the context of a liberal arts program. This allows the student the opportunity to pursue music studies as well as a liberal arts education. The Master of Arts in Music degree is intended to allow talented musicians who have completed an undergraduate degree in music to pursue intensive graduate studies in performance.


The School of Music will prepare students to:

  • Understand the vision and mission of educating students with a Christian worldview rooted in biblical principles.
  • Be held to a high standard of technical ability and artistry in music.
  • Develop specialized skills and knowledge for piano, organ, voice, other instruments, composition, choral conducting, and church music or contemporary Christian music.
  • Analyze and appraise the role of music and its impact on society within a variety of cultures and historical periods.
  • Navigate their career successfully, as a performer or teacher, in a manner that is consistent with Christian principles.

Pursue higher education in music, if desired.

Learning Outcomes

Articulate a Christian worldview as it applies to music and the arts.

  • Develop their musicianship as it relates to their chosen performance medium, demonstrated through both juried and public performance
  • Demonstrate musical competence, including historical, theoretical, and analytical expertise; as illustrated by a senior project.
  • Establish advanced performance skills and professionalism that will enrich the cultural and aesthetic strengths of the community.
  • Formulate a plan for post-graduation as it pertains to each student’s desired career path.