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Center for Music Education and Performance

Professionally Train in Music Education & Performance

Gain the skills you need to succeed in both the commercial and academic markets. Through the Center for Music Education & Performance at Liberty University, you’ll learn how to understand, articulate, and apply classroom theory and practical skills to your music career.

We train and equip passionate musicians as skilled performers and music education specialists. We believe in cultivating a worship lifestyle and desire to help others share Christ through music while maintaining the highest level of musical excellence. In addition, our music internship experience places you in professional musical organizations including symphonies, opera companies, and more preparing you to use your gifts and talents in your career.

Train with world-class professors who serve as your mentors and who instill you with superb musicianship and a commitment to excellence. We also host a professional roster of partner faculty to prepare you for leading and teaching with passion, conviction, and focus.

Whether you are called to be a music teacher or performer, our degrees will prepare you for a lifetime career in music.

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Applied Music

Study with world-class faculty who are expertly trained in your instrumental discipline. Housing our faculty’s studios, the foundational Department of Applied Music ensures you are placed in the studio that best fits your musical goals. Each week in your applied lessons, you will incorporate music theory, musicianship, and creativity into your study with our faculty.

Music Education

Prepare to teach in elementary and secondary school settings within our Department of Music Education. Learn the principles of “praxis methodology,” putting theories taught in the college classroom into practice.

Some of our music education degrees will even make you eligible for licensure by the Virginia Department of Education.

Music Theory & History

In our Department of Music Theory & History, you will grow in your skills and abilities through your study in music theory, harmonic practices, aural skills, form and analysis, musicianship, conducting, composition, music history, and discipline-specific music pedagogy courses.

University Bands

Develop your skills as you proudly represent Liberty University performing at venues around the state and across the country. Our University Bands Department is compromised of the Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band, Spirit Band, University Band, Indoor Drumline, as well as the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.

Career Opportunities in Music Education & Performance

  • Music Educator
  • Music Performer
  • Professional Musician
  • Private Studio Instructor
  • General Music Instructor
  • Instrumental Instructor
  • Band Director
  • Choral Director
  • Orchestra Director

Accreditation for the School of Music

All-Steinway School - Steinway and Sons

The School of Music is designated as an All-Steinway Music Institution. At least 90% of all pianos in the Center for Music and the Worship Arts are either designed or built by Steinway & Sons.

Liberty University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees, as well as certificates at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Liberty University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (https://www.sacscoc.org/).

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