The Music Major

Professor: Russell Stinson
Associate Professor: Michael Oriatti
Director of Bands: Fredrick M. Brown, Jr.
Part-time instructor: Camille Beary
Part-time instructor: Jon Beary

Part-time instructor: Martha Healey
Part-time instructor: Sarah Weston
Part-time instructor: Markeieta Williams


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.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Music

Item #
Individual Lessons (6 credits)  +
Music Electives (9 credits - 200 level or above)  +
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