Music Program

With sophisticated and responsive instruction, many chances to perform, and degree options leading to opportunities and success in a variety of careers, LVC's music programs are among the strongest of any regional liberal arts college.

The Music Department offers a supportive student-centered experience distinguished by a high degree of individual attention. Our faculty includes innovative performers and graduates of some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the country.

Our programs emphasize learning about music, developing sensitive and critical listening skills, composing and performing, and understanding the role of music throughout history and in contemporary society. Ample opportunities are available to perform in a variety of music ensembles and as a soloist.

LVC students learn and perform in the Blair Music Center, one of the largest and best-equipped music facilities in the area. Blair includes a 500-seat concert hall (Lutz Recital Hall), 32 teaching studios, 36 individual practice rooms, and four recording studios. Music majors also may perform in the 175-seat Zimmerman Recital Hall, a premiere space for chamber performances, providing an intimate, acoustically pleasing environment for many of our departmental concerts.

Music students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous music groups, including: Chamber Choir, Clarinet Choir, College Choir, Concert Choir, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Low Brass Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, LVC Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Symphonic and Marching Bands, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, or Trumpet Ensemble. They can also be part of several music organizations such as the LVC American Guild of Organists, Music Industry Student Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music fraternity for men), or Sigma Alpha Iota (international music fraternity for women).

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music degree is designed for students preparing for further graduate study, who want to teach private lessons, or who want to serve a church, among many other goals.

There are eight areas of concentration available within the B.A. program: composition, instrumental music, jazz studies, organ, piano, sacred music, theory, or voice.

Students take the following core music classes:

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in music

Core courses:

*MSC 099 Recital Attendance
MSC 115 Music Theory I
MSC 116 Music Theory II
MSC 117 Aural Theory I
MSC 118 Aural Theory II
MSC 215 Music Theory III
MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 217 Aural Theory III
MSC 241 History and Literature of Music I
MSC 242 History and Literature of Music II
MSC 246 Principles of Conducting
*MSC 530

*Taken each semester.

Majors will exhibit proficiency at the piano and in voice. To achieve these proficiencies, students must take the following:

MSC 510
MSC 511
MSC 512
MSC 513
MSC 520

One major ensemble taken each semester:

MSC 601
MSC 602
MSC 603
MSC 604
MSC 606


Completion of one of the following concentrations:


Piano Concentration


MSC 306 Piano Literature
MSC 316 Keyboard Harmony
MSC 406 Piano Pedagogy
MSC 600



Voice Concentration


MSC 233 Diction
MSC 326 Vocal Literature
MSC 327 Vocal Pedagogy



Instrumental Concentration


MSC 345 Advanced Instrumental Conducting
MSC 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MSC 405 Instrumental Literature
MSC 416 Orchestration



Organ Concentration


MSC 316 Keyboard Harmony
MSC 351 Organ Literature
MSC 352 Organ Pedagogy



Sacred Music Concentration


MSC 347 Advanced Choral Conducting
MSC 422 Church Music Methods and Administration


One of:

MED 334 Choral Literature and Methods
MSC 351 Organ Literature



Theory Concentration


The theory concentration students will take 530 private applied each semsester. Theory concentration students will also take at least one 530 individual instruction theory credit in the senior year.

MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 315 Counterpoint
MSC 329 Advanced Form and Analysis
MSC 416 Orchestration
MSC 530



Jazz Concentration


Students in the jazz studies concentration will take 530 private applied each semester. They will also take at least three credits of 530 jazz studies starting in the junior year.

MSC 201 Music of the United States
MSC 218 Jazz Theory
MSC 416 Orchestration
MSC 530



Composition Concentration


The compostions concentration students will take 530 private applied each semester. Compostion concentration students will also take at least cour credits of 530 individual instruction compostions starting no later than the junior year.

MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 315 Counterpoint
MSC 329 Advanced Form and Analysis
MSC 416 Orchestration
MSC 530