Compose Your Future

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Composition is offered for the student who is interested in the entire, comprehensive creative process of music. The emphasis in this degree program is on composing music in the traditional forms, as well as developing an individual style of composition. This program is designed to prepare students for advanced studies in composition at the graduate level.

All music majors and minors study and pass basic piano proficiency. Those with piano experience have a definite advantage, though several beginning and intermediate piano classes are available to help those with little or no piano background.

Music students perform in student recitals each semester. Applied professors help select those pieces appropriate for performance, and coach the student. Music Composition students have multiple opportunities to have their original works performed on campus, and complete a portfolio of their compositions during their senior year.

Mission Statement

The School 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 School 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.

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 expert faculty are seasoned instructors and musicians who provide a continuum of professional preparation from deep lecture to one-on-one performance coaching.

Music Ensembles

Countless music ensembles make up the performance opportunities offered each year. From opera to orchestral, jazz to jam session– there’s a place for everyone.

Music Ensembles

Concerts & Events

Olivet's School of Music hosts a variety of concerts and events on campus for campus and community alike. Many events are general admission and free, while some require tickets.

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Meet the Faculty

Olivet professors are mentors, really. The hours spent honing your musical skills with skilled professionals goes beyond the classroom and studio. Faculty are constantly advancing their craft, in the classroom and on the concert stage.

Music Faculty

Let’s Make Music Together

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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