Music Arts Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The Music Department at ORU places a strong emphasis on imparting music's past, present and future prospects to its students within a Christian, charismatic environment. As part of the ongoing process to provide a comprehensive undergraduate foundation in music, the Music Department purposes to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their music capabilities and interests through the use of music as a socializing force, as an aid to compassionate understanding of themselves and their environment and as an avenue of self-expression
  • Stimulate an appreciation and love for music through the study of its various disciplines
  • Develop techniques for mature evaluation of musical standard

Music Arts Major

"I chose the Music Arts major because it offers a solid study of the fundamentals of music. I love the many areas of music my major covers--how it's not focused on one specific genre of music but many, which also provides an opportunity to use that knowledge in any musical endeavor.

"My professors are passionate about what they teach and sincere in helping me succeed in my study of music."

Olivia Vinzant

Student: Olivia
Major: Music Arts
Hometown: Oxford, MS

The music art major is designed for music scholars desiring to increase their fundamental understanding of the history and development of music and the progression of music styles. Students choosing the music arts major concentrate their studies either in arts or technology.

Concentration Areas

This concentration emphasizes general studies in music with an applied area of study. Students chose their applied areas of music study from among the following choices:

  • Voice
  • Brass--trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone horn, tuba
  • Strings--violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwinds--flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon
  • Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Electric bass
  • Keyboard--piano, organ

Weekly participation in vocal, keyboard, orchestral instruction or an audio workstation lesson is an integral part of this concentration. Additionally students participate in an in-depth study focusing on the history of Western music and the development of styles and literature of music in Europe and America.

Students selecting the technology concentration will develop a solid foundation of recording technology and applied theoretical studies. Continuing to build on this foundation, students spend one semester of their junior year at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio. This educational complex specializes in training audio engineers, offering ORU music arts majors an outstanding opportunity to gain experience in their field.

Music majors must demonstrate continuous growth in ability. Recitals are regularly presented, affording students opportunities to appear as soloists. As with all ORU seniors, music majors are required to prepare a culminating activity: a recital, a project or a paper. This activity will be selected with the direction of their advisor according to the specific music program enrolled.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
CMENC is an organization that focuses on music education but is open to all music majors. It sponsors many of the music activities that occur on and off campus and is a great networking tool for any person who desires a career in music.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Mu Phi Epsilon is an international co-ed music fraternity that emphasizes the brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians.


With a degree from the ORU Music Department you will be equipped for teaching in public and private schools, teaching in private studios, performing in professional music organizations, working in related music fields and church ministries. Additionally you will acquire an adequate background for further study in gradate schools.

Course Offerings

  • Oratorio Chorus
  • Music Seminar
  • Harmony
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Intro to Music Technology
  • Conducting
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Music Vocabulary Proficiency
  • Arts Concentration
  • Applied Music: Primary
  • Performance Groups
  • History and Literature of Music
  • Technology Concentration
  • Music Appreciation
  • Intro to Sound Reinforcement
  • Studio Recording and Music Production
  • Recording Studio Maintenance
  • Studies in Advanced Music Technology
  • Sequencing and Digital Audio
  • Music Rich Media
  • Music Technology
  • Advanced Studio Recording
  • New Tech Audio Production

Degree Plan
Degree in 3 Plan
Degree Plan with Music Technology concentration
Degree Plan with PreMed Option
Degree in 3 Plan with Music Technology concentration

Music Arts Minor Degree Plan
Music Technology Minor Degree Plan

Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the Music Department and an audition. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department. Download a copy of the music major application here.