Music Major (BA)


Associate Professor: Michael Oriatti
Director of Bands: Fredrick M. Brown, Jr.
Adjunct Instructors: Kristian Ameigh, Jon Healey, Barbara Reeve
Part-time instructor: Melissa Eubanks

At Lyon we speak the language of music, endorsing its traditional role in the liberal arts. The music major is thus rooted in the history and theory of music as well as in performance. It is well suited to students who wish to pursue graduate study in performance, music education, music theory, or musicology; potential church musicians; and students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.

In addition to studying music in the classroom, music majors develop skills as performers (in voice, piano, organ, or selected instrumental areas) in private lessons with a member of the music faculty. A basic level of skill on the piano is expected of all music majors; therefore, students must pass a piano proficiency examination by their senior year. All music majors must also complete a senior project that will culminate in the form of a public recital, lecture recital, or lecture.



* Students may use MUS 110 to satisfy core requirements. 

* To satisfy the Individual Lessons requirement, three hours of private lessons, not including those the student may wish to take in order to pass the piano proficiency examination, should be taken on one instrument or in voice. Additional private lessons may be taken but may not be considered as music elective hours.

NOTE: To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Lyon College, students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours comprised of our required Core curriculum (44-48 hours), the requirements of at least one major (credit hours vary per major), and a selection of our Liberal Arts electives. They must also earn at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for all work taken at Lyon College and a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in their major, minor, and concentration.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Music

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