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Degree Overview

Graduate with broad musical skills, confidence in your abilities, and expertise in your specific interests. Calvin has the kinds of wide-ranging opportunities that big schools have—plus a community that will know you and encourage you to excel.

While you’re mastering your craft, you’re also being equipped for the future. Calvin music major graduates go on to study music in graduate school and perform as professional musicians. They also work in many fields, like computer programming, communication, law, and medicine.

That’s because at Calvin, you’ll learn how to combine creativity and precision—in classrooms, in worship, in live performances. You’ll be ready to lead, whether at the conductor’s stand or in a totally different field.

Program Distinctives

A vibrant community - Delve into a deep, joyful, artistic community where students take the lead. From music festivals to student ensembles to worship services, you’ll create and perform alongside people who love music as much as you do.
Become world-ready - When you graduate with a music degree from Calvin, you’ll have a resume packed with ensembles, recitals, and theater productions—practical experiences employers are looking for.
Versatile academics - Pursue a flexible major that complements any other field. The music major is designed specifically to let you double major in music and another discipline.
Financial support for your music - Draw on a vast range of music scholarships. You’ll find scholarships and financial aid for music students of all types.

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Degree Information

  • Overview

    Calvin’s liberal arts program in music is designed to provide breadth of general studies combined with studies in musicianship and an area of emphasis in music.

    Becoming a music major 

    Step One: Discuss the requirements for majoring in music with a faculty member.

    If you were not assigned a music advisor during PASSPORT and would like to have one, submit a Change of Advisor form to the registrar's office.

    Step Two: During your first year of study (two semesters) complete the following:

    • Overall GPA of at least 2.5
    • A grade of C or better in MUSC 100 Music Theory I: Fundamentals in Global Context
    • A grade of C or better in two semesters of MUSC 260 Private Lessons for Credit (in the student's principal area of performance)

    Note: Students who wish to do the performance emphasis must also pass an approval jury, usually at the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year.

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