Music Major

Music Major—Bachelor of Arts Degree

See also Music Education and Music Ministries

Training Tomorrow’s Music Teachers, Church Musicians, and Performers

Pensacola Christian College offers a distinctively Christian education in music. Students will gain practical knowledge, personal instruction, and experience in all areas of music.

Music students at PCC participate in a variety of performances, including solo recitals, chamber groups, choral ensembles, handbells, band, and orchestra. There are also numerous opportunities for individual ministry and performance in Sunday schools, church, Sunday Reflections, and music repertoire classes.

Fine Arts Series programs provide students with rich listening experiences from world-class musicians. Students also have opportunities to improve their skills through master classes by guest artists. Our faculty members are active musicians who are also committed to helping students strive for excellence.

Throughout the program, students are taught a Christ-centered philosophy of music by our talented and caring faculty who are committed to providing academic and artistic training necessary for success. With this well-rounded education, graduates of the music program are prepared for graduate studies and many career opportunities in ministry, academics, and performance venues.

Music Education: Major; Second Field (Voice, Piano, or Instrument)

The purpose of the music major is to equip students with a comprehensive approach to technique, musicianship, and communication to honor the Lord through music.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the music program will be able to

  • communicate concisely and effectively about music in oral and written forms reflecting a biblical worldview;
  • produce public music performances showing appropriate proficiency;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of harmonic principles, form and analysis, and aural skills; and
  • employ pedagogical techniques for music students of various levels.
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Career Possibilities

  • Private music instructor
  • Music educator
  • Music pastor/Church musician
  • Choral/Orchestral/Band conductor
  • Performing artist
  • Collaborative musician/Accompanist
  • Orchestral musician
  • Vocal coach
  • Music arranger
  • Composer
  • Recording artist/Session musician
  • Music editor

I studied under many excellent music teachers at PCC. Their clear explanations of concepts in theory, as well as their training in sight singing and dictation, have enabled me to better understand music. Through the years, they built on what I knew, instructing me further through lecture, demonstration, and practice until I was equipped to do what may have once seemed impossible. My private lesson teacher assisted me in polishing music for performance, improving my own arranging ability, and developing my skills on instruments other than my proficiency.

Marilyn S. ’09, M.A. ’11
Music Teacher