For students planning to pursue careers as music teachers, choral directors, or band/orchestra directors in elementary and secondary schools, this degree provides the pedagogical and musical training necessary for effective careers in education. The program meets the Tennessee Department of Education’s requirements for K-12 music education certification.

Applied Music Study: Music study at Lee includes individual concentration in an applied performance area including piano, voice, guitar, strings, percussion, and all wind instruments. This is provided through private instruction on the specific instrument throughout the course of the degree program. Performance is also emphasized through experiences in instrumental and/or vocal ensembles and chamber music opportunities.

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary Music Teacher
  • University Music Professor
  • Collaborative Pianist
  • Band Director
  • Choral Director
  • Orchestra Conductor

What to Expect



Travel/Global Trips

  • Music History Global Perspectives Trip
  • Japan Global Perspectives Trip
  • Domestic and International Ensemble Tours
  • Schumann Liederfest in Zwickau, Germany


  • The National Association for Music Education (Collegiate Chapter)
  • Lee University Percussive Arts Society
  • Commercial Music Society
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Composer's Forum
  • Phi Mu Alpha (Sinfonia)


  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society
  • Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award
  • Senior Honors Recital
  • Concerto Competition


The Capstone course is designed to help graduating students integrate their faith with the academic knowledge they have gained throughout their studies. It is regarded as the final reflection of the essential Core Values of Lee University.


  • The School of Music operates in teaching and performance spaces around campus. As a music major each student has the opportunity to study and perform in wonderful surroundings including: 
    Curtsinger Music Building offers classrooms, instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms, private lesson studios, practice facilities, dedicated piano and harpsichord practice rooms, Music Resource Center, and Class Piano Lab. 
  • DeVos Center for the Humanities contains the Squires Recital Hall, private lesson studios, music education classroom, practice, and facilities. 
  • Pangle Hall has Pangle Hall Performance Hall, ensemble rehearsal rooms, private lesson studios, and practice rooms. 
  • Students may also utilize the Studio, a state of the art recording studio, music technology lab, and student project workspaces.


  • Although all of the music degrees incorporate practical application and extensive performance opportunities as soloist and ensemble members, some of the degree programs have specific requirements that provide dedicated experience in the field. 
  • Music Education students complete hours of classroom observation in their methods courses as well as a student teaching professional semester, dedicated to full immersion in primary and secondary school settings.


Final Recitals / Final Projects

Each graduate of the School of Music completes a culminating project that aligns with the purposes and goals of the specific degree program.  Students completing the Bachelor of Music Education will perform a 30-minute senior recital.


Performance is at the heart of the experience in the School of Music. This takes the form of solo performance opportunities, ensemble performances, ministry tours, and opportunities to attend recitals both on campus and in the community.  The university provides exceptional musical experience on campus each semester including:

Weekly Performance Seminar

  • Student Junior and Senior Recitals
  • Presidential Concert Series
  • Performing Arts Series
  • Faculty Recitals
  • Visiting Artists Masterclasses

Performance space

  • Pangle Hall (seating capacity 650)
  • Conn Center for the Performing Arts (1700)
  • Squires Recital Hall (215)
  • Dixon Center (490)
  • The Chapel (300)

Instrumental Ensembles

  • Brass Choir
  • Chamber Strings
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Saxophone Choir
  • Small Jazz Combos
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble

Vocal Ensembles

  • Campus Choir
  • Choral Union
  • Chorale
  • Evangelistic Singers
  • Ladies of Lee
  • Lee Singers
  • Men’s Chorale
  • Musical Theatre
  • Opera Theatre
  • Voices of Lee


Lee University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula. 

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