When you consider music at Maranatha, carefully examine all of your options. You can prepare for your future career and ministry by taking music lessons, joining a performing group, and/or completing a music degree. Click on the tabs for an overview of your options.
Regionally Accredited, Academically Rigorous
Choosing a Degree:
About Maranatha Music Courses:
- Maranatha’s music faculty teach music courses from a biblical world view to help students be successful Christian musicians in a secular environment.
- Maranatha’s music department resolves to maintain their commitment to a curriculum of classical and traditional music.
- To prepare graduates to be successful in their future careers, the academically rigorous music courses are designed to help develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills.
- Course content is always up-to-date because Maranatha’s music professors regularly participate in advanced education opportunities.
Music Major Tracks: a 4 year program including two platforms and a 45-60 minute recital.
- Church Music (also includes a church internship)
- Performance (also includes a junior recital)
- Piano Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 6 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
- String Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 6 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
Music Education Major Tracks: a 4 and a 1/2 year program including two platforms, a 45-60 minute senior recital and a semester of student teaching.
- Choral Certification
- Instrumental Certification
- General Certification – (General Certification be combined with Piano Pedagogy or String Pedagogy)
Music Minor Tracks: approximately 20 credits including two platforms and a 25-35 minute recital.
- Church Music
- Music Education
- Piano Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 4 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
- String Pedagogy (also includes being paid for 4 semesters of prep school teaching experience)
ALL students are strongly encouraged to join a performance group!
Music groups at Maranatha are not limited to music degree students. In fact, nearly 25 percent of our student body participates each year.
Many students on campus not interested in earning a music degree take personal enrichment music courses/lessons/performing groups for academic credit. Two credits of music courses/lessons/performing groups counts as part of your general core requirements.
Private Lessons Info:
- Piano, voice, and instrumental private music lessons are available for any Maranatha student. You can register for private lessons in the same way you register for your courses. Private music lessons do cost an additional fee based on lesson length because you are receiving one-on-one instruction.
- Piano students need to sign up for a teacher placement assessment (for more information, see the auditions section in the Music Department Handbook).
- Voice students must take FIVO 135 Intro to Vocal Studies before taking
private voice lessons from a Maranatha instructor. Students may test out of FIVO 135 (see the testout section in the Music Department Handbook).
- Instrumental students do not need a teacher placement assessment because we do not have multiple teacher options for other instruments.
Music Course Options:
If you are not interested in private music lessons, you can enroll in a music course and avoid the private lesson fee. Maranatha offers the following courses that might be of interest to you.
- FIPI 1001 Beginning Piano Class (1 Credit)
- FISM 113 Hymnplaying 1 (1 Credit)
- FISM 223 Hymnplaying 2 (1 Credit)
- FIMK 101-104 Keyboard Skills (1 Credit)
- FIVO 135 Intro to Vocal Studies (1 Credit)
- FIMU 100 Music Theory Fundamentals (2 Credits)
- FIMU 236 Music Appreciation (2 Credits)
- FIMU 101 Basic Music Literature (3 Credits)
- You can also receive academic credit for participating in a performance group (.5 credit/semester).