This program prepares students for professional careers in concert performance, graduate-level studies, and/or studio teaching. Students study specialized pedagogy, literature, as well as the music core of theory, history, and analysis. This highly selective program is suitable for students with exceptional talent and experience who seek classically-based training with significant study in their primary instrument.

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

Music Performance, Instrumental

  • Band Director
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Performing Artist
  • Professional Orchestra Member
  • Contemporary Artist
  • Music Historian
  • Music Theorist
  • Organist
  • Member of a Professional or Military Band

Music Performance, Piano

  •  Collaborative Pianist
  • Concert Pianist
  • Performing Artist
  • Contemporary Artist
  • Music Historian
  • Music Theorist
  • Organist

Music Performance, Vocal

  •  Opera Singer
  • Worship Leader
  • Choral Director
  • Performing Artist
  • Contemporary Artist
  • Music Historian
  • Music Theorist
  • Professional Choral Singer

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


Service learning is embedded in several courses. Art students have many service opportunities in graphic design, teaching art lessons, painting murals, and creating portraits for people in undeserved communities.


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 work spaces.

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 with the bachelor of music in performance will complete a 30-minute junior recital and 60-minute senior recitals. 


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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