Liberty University has always placed a strong emphasis on the arts, and is proud to announce one of their most recent academic advancements — the creation of the School of Music — whose mission is to train and equip musicians as Champions for Christ.
The merger of two separate departments, The Center for Worship and the Department of Music and Humanities, has created the new comprehensive School of Music, which will now house the Center for Music and Worship and the Center for Music and the Performing Arts. With more than 700 students enrolled in the undergraduate program, and over 350 graduate students, the school is already the seventh largest in the nation.
The Center for Music and Worship will train and equip worship leaders through curricula development, local church ministry, publishing and recording, artist development, and empirical research. The program offers a B.S. in Music and Worship with a choice of 12 concentrations and cognates, as well as two graduate degrees: an M.A. in Music and Worship and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology.
The Center for Music and the Performing Arts will provide opportunities for practical training in various music-related fields such as music education, music performance, music in world cultures, and a variety of creative concentrations. They offer a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in vocal, piano, guitar, or instrumental performance, and a teacher licensure program for public schools.
The school will be housed in a new building located behind the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center near the new Jerry Falwell Library. Plans also include a new fine arts concert hall, which will be an asset for both the university and the community.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Ronald Godwin has a vision for the school to become the largest, most respected music school in the world. That goal is well within reach with Dr. Vernon Whaley, who has over 40 years of experience in the music field, as dean of the new school. He leads a distinguished team of 32 full-time faculty members as well as 24 resident and online adjunct faculty members.
The School of Music’s faculty is not the only aspect that makes the school so strong. The students are the real testament to how music can reach others for Christ. Students who feel called to minister through music – whether in an evangelical or secular setting – now have a school to provide for their unique interests and academic needs.