CBU offers one of the most progressive music programs on the West Coast. Beyond merely
entertaining audiences, students are encouraged to engage passionately in their music—to
truly communicate a mastery of experience and emotion. Students also have the opportunity
to share music in a number of venues, ranging from intimate church sanctuaries to
celebrated concert halls. With each performance, students develop the charisma to
communicate personally with the audience and take them to a higher level of self-discovery
Aim for excellence In every class, every rehearsal, every performance, students are held to higher standards
that will encourage them to develop and expand their God-given gifts and ultimately
share them with others.
Practice a contemporary conservatory style CBU's music classroom style is often referred to as conservatory—intimate, challenging
and rigorous—but unlike typical music conservatories that preserve the past with a
traditional repertoire, CBU's music is forward-looking to engage both musicians and
audiences in the contemporary enjoyment of the art.
Use state-of-the-art technology CBU music students work hands-on with the latest music technology on both their personal
Macbook Pro computers and in computer labs and classrooms located within the state-of-the-art
Hawkins Music Building. Software for professional and audio production, sequencing
and publishing quality notation are used each day in many of the core music courses.
Music Theory I
A review of music fundamentals, intensive study of basic concepts of music theory
for the music major, introduction to music notation software.
Music in Global Cultures
Emphasis on musical instruments and their significance in a culture's folklore, religion
and history; fundamental elements of music and how they vary in different traditions;
Music History I
A general survey course of the history of Western European music and of selected non-Western
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate proficiency in performance and theoretical musical skills
that will enable them to be successful musicians.
Students will demonstrate a grasp of historical/cultural perspectives on the world
Students will develop critical thinking about music (i.e. analysis, critical listening,
and performance evaluation.)
Students will exemplify professional excellence in their areas of focus (i.e. education,
performance, composition) that will make them attractive to employers in the sacred/secular
Take the next step toward living your purpose
As you make decisions about college, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational
experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and
fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do
more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training
and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.
Apply today! When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and
knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and
all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.
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Students in Program, On Average
"I chose to major in music because it's something I really love to do and I realized
I'd like to keep doing it for the rest of my life. I like the program at CBU because
I have so many opportunities to perform. It's helped me get used to performing a lot." Mayu Fukasawa, 2019
"I love music and am passionate about it. The program here helps you not only strengthen
your skills but also helps with your spiritual walk." McKenna Sessions, 2021
"I grew up in a musical family and always knew I wanted to participate in music in
some capacity. The professors here are really great people who want to be more than
just someone who grades you. They really care about your education." Braden Sapp, 2019
Contact the Shelby and Ferne Collinsworth School of Music