The purpose of the Department of Music and Performing Arts is to provide opportunities for academic study and training for students in Music, Music Education, Music Ministry, and the Humanities.
The Department achieves its purpose for music and music education by providing comprehensive training in music for those preparing for music careers (leading to a B. M. degree in choral and instrumental music with or without teacher licensure) as well as for those who wish to receive music training on an elective basis.
The Department achieves its purpose in the Humanities by providing academic study that helps students develop a broader view of culture in Western civilization within the context of a Christian worldview.
Central to the departmental purpose is the development of aesthetically sensitive musicians, ministers of music, and music educators who, with their skills, knowledge, and professional attitudes, may glorify God in the world through the practice of their craft and the testimony of their lives. Additionally, the Department seeks to provide academic study and training in the four areas for those wishing to pursue these arts as minor areas of study and to provide satisfying musical experiences to students across the university curriculum.
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In recent years, about 1/3 of Liberty University Bachelor of Music graduates are admitted to Masters programs, many meriting teaching assistantships. Liberty graduates have been accepted at the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of South Carolina at Columbia, and Temple University, to name just a few.
A piano performance student won the state competition of the MTNA Young Artist Competition in the fall, 2008.
The Liberty Concert Choir performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances have included Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem.