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What Does it Look Like to Study Music at Concordia?

Studying music takes discipline and passion, with rigorous academic classes, teachers who will challenge and encourage you and a wide range of musical experiences. Small class sizes lend themselves to strong mentor relationships and lifelong connections with faculty. Our ensembles perform around central Texas, around the country, and internationally, and often with other professional musicians.

Students specialize in Music Ministry, Music Education, Performance or Theory/Composition.  Students may optionally add an EC-12 All-Level Music certification to the Music Education track, or a Director of Parish Music certification to the Music Ministry track. Students learn many forms of music theory, study music history comprehensively, learn to conduct and lead ensembles and hone their own musical skills on several instruments. The professors and instructors help students connect with other talented professionals in the Austin community, and our students perform as professionals in communities around the country.

Students can also minor in Music.

Program Overview

As a student here, you'll discover:

  • Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience, and are currently both performers and pedagogues
  • Small, conveniently-scheduled classes and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs
  • An artistic community where you can make lifelong connections with classmates from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds
  • Nationally-recognized performers and composers who visit our campus to teach and perform with us

Program Sheet

Curriculum Overview for a Music Major

The Music major is comprised of Music Core classes and a specialization; all Music courses include both theory and real-world applications.

  • The Music core includes Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music History, Music Technology and Conducting
  • Music majors also receive instructions on at least two instruments, perform at least one professional-level recital, and many specializations require internships in local arts organizations, churches and schools
  • Students participate in a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including large and chamber choral ensembles, a wind ensemble, percussion, jazz and other chamber ensembles
  • The Music specializations include upper-level applied coursework that prepares you for careers and graduate study

Here are some highlighted courses:

MUS 2234 - Music Technology: This course includes digital music notation, production and synthesis, utilizing a variety of tools.  Beginning from musical acoustics and continuing to principles of sound and audio theory, this class surveys live sound, recording techniques and other useful abilities for the modern musician.

MUS 2334 - Music Theory: The Music Theory courses are a four-semester sequence that includes study in harmony, melodic analysis and counterpoint.  We take apart music, learn how it functions and put it back together again. We learn analytical techniques that are hundreds of years old, as well as new methods of looking at new music.

Program Benefits

  • Our small program allows students to excel in leading ensembles; our Music majors are often leading small and large groups of other students from their instrument, as a conductor, as a worship leader or many other ways
  • Being in Austin, we collaborate with our local and national colleagues, often bringing professional musicians to campus - from the director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra to country music recording artists, from local jazz greats to professional vocalists of many varieties, our students can learn from some of the best musicians in the country
  • Rather than at a large school where the majority of opportunities go to post-baccalaureate students, our Music majors often service in a wide variety of roles, providing them critical experiences and often developing their musical careers even before graduation

Success Stories

"It is the student's privilege and responsibility to apply all that the CTX School of Music professors have to offer to each individual student's own life experiences. If you take full advantage of this partnership, you will come away with an invaluable diploma which displays that you have not only fulfilled the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music requirements of the CTX School of Music, but that you will have also opened doors to faith journey dreams you never even knew you had."
- Jennifer Harvill, Class of 2017

“What I loved most about the music program at CTX were my professors. They are passionate about teaching music and committed to ensuring their students' success both in the classroom and in the professional world.”
- Sarah Bickling, Class of 2013

Career Outcomes

  • Music Education, both in classrooms and private studios
  • Performance, especially after graduate study
  • Music ministry as music pastors, music ministers and worship leaders
  • Composition and songwriting


Why study Music at Concordia?

All our music majors gain applied experience in both on- and off-campus opportunities. Our faculty are connected to the vibrant music scene in Austin, and help students network, learn current best practices and find internships and employment.  In a small program, you will learn many styles of music in many ways!

What will I learn?

You'll gain experience in understanding:

  • Music theory, history, acoustics and audio theory, conducting, and other tools of professional musicians
  • Repertoire and technique pertaining to your primary instrument of study
  • How professional music careers work, from department budgets to how to run a private studio
  • Ensemble leadership and how to organize groups of people

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