Bachelor of Arts in Music

This program is designed for the student who is seeking a broad experience in music with the flexibility to customize their program to include interest areas inside and outside of the field of music. There is sufficient discipline-specific work to develop musical skills as an individual performer and within the context of ensemble performance. This program contains enough flexibility to pursue a second major or the addition of a minor concentration.

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

Program Tracks:

Composition Emphasis - MUSMC.BA
Instrumental Non-Keyboard Emphasis - MUSIA.BA
Piano Emphasis - MUSKA.BA
Vocal Emphasis - MUSVA.BA

Lee's programs give the student a chance to experience various aspects of life at Lee beyond academics, offering program-specific global trips, clubs, service, and research opportunities. The following are possible aspects of life outside the classroom for students in the above degree program:

Support and Tutoring


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

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. 

Honors and Awards
  • Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award
  • Senior Honors Recital
  • Concerto Competition

There are a variety of scholarships available to music majors:


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. 

This program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for achieving success after graduation. Here are the career paths often pursued by graduates in this program.

Music, Instrumental

  • Professional Orchestra Member 
  • Composer 
  • Film Composer 
  • Video Game Composer 
  • Contemporary Artist 
  • Member of a Professional or Military Band 
  • Music Historian 
  • Music Theorist

Music, Piano

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

Music, Voice

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