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Areas of Study

  • At Olivet Nazarene University, we believe an invitation to study music is an invitation to influence. No matter the concentration, Olivet's experts provide a continuum of professional preparation from deep lecture to one-on-one performance coaching.
  • Areas of study: 

    Composition
    B.A. in Music   
    Music education
    Music ministry
    Music performance 
    Musical theatre 

     Department Highlights  

    • Home of the magnificent Ruffatti pipe organ housed in the 3,059-seat Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel
    • Larsen Fine Arts Center is home to the 504-seat Kresge Auditorium, classrooms, music laboratories and rehearsal rooms
    • Clavinova piano lab for beginning piano students
    • 16-station Mac MIDI computer lab to help students compose, arrange and transcribe music
    • Over 200-member marching band
    • Traditional, jazz, gospel, and show choir opportunities
    • Opera in the fall/Musical in the spring
    • Private lessons on all instruments — including harp
    • Two orchestras comprised of all undergraduate students
    • Ensembles open to majors and non-majors alike

    Mission Statement

    The Department of Music exists to cultivate the musical skills of student scholars as an act of personal commitment to Christ, and to encourage a life of service to others. The educational thrust of the Department of Music is threefold: it seeks to complement a broad liberal arts education, to provide the intensive professional training that aspiring musicians need, and to meet the musical needs of the University, community, and Olivet’s educational region.

    Accreditation

    Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1982.