Because Bluffton is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and an All-Steinway School, you can be assured that you will receive a quality musical education. Bluffton's music department is unique from other liberal arts schools in that:  




* This major can be completed in 3 years.


Worship arts


Music major/minor

The music major, with four possible concentrations, prepares students for entry-level positions in fields such as church music or music retailing. The curriculum requires 45 semester hours in music and allows time to complete a second major in another department. Each concentration maintains a common core of music theory, music history, piano and applied study.

Nashville Conemporary Music Center

Our students

Brianna Keith studied for a semester at the Nashville Contemporary Music Center on the technical track. She directed stage management for the performance tour at the semester’s end.  

"We got 16 credits while there. However, we didn’t take tests, we didn’t have homework and we didn’t take notes. Everything was memorize this, learn how to do this. It was all hands on."
>>> Brianna's story

Many Bluffton music graduates have gone on to complete master's and doctoral degrees.

Concentration options at Bluffton:
    • Business allows you to specialize in a variety of areas artist management, arts administration, music retail or recording. 
    • MUSIC MINISTRY prepares you for leading music in the worship service as well as participating in worship planning.
    • PERFORMANCE STUDIES provides an opportunity for you to develop skills in a performance area, preparing you for graduate study.
    • PIANO PEDAGOGY is the study of piano teaching. This concentration ensures that you will develop your teaching and business skills so that you will be successful in the area of private teaching.

This major can be completed in three years if you are a dedicated and ambitious student.

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The music education major is a licensure program that meets the Ohio licensure requirements and prepares students to teach both vocal and instrumental music pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Bluffton University music education majors have earned a reputation for excellence in Ohio public schools.

Ashley Musgrave

Our students

Kimberly Meyer, a music and music education double major, decided to step outside of her comfort zone by completing her student teaching experience in a completely new setting—Chicago.

"“The more I learned about the Chicago program, the more I knew this is what I wanted to do." 
>>> Kimberly's story

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WORSHIP ARTS major/minor

Chapel Band

Worship Arts incorporates existing classes from the music, religion, art and communication and theatre departments, and prepares students for church positions and/or seminary. It will also bolster cooperation and increased involvement in chapel and campus ministry programs.

It is essential that students majoring in worship arts have a solid grounding in theology and be proficient in various musical areas, visual art, communication and theatre. While a Worship Arts major will be housed in the music department, it is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together multiple academic departments and the area of campus ministry.

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Bluffton is an Ohio Music Educators Association
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performing scholar


Auditions for up to $20,000 scholarships will be held through Feb. 25, 2019.  If you are a gifted musician with a GPA of at least 3.2 (or 22 ACT/1050 SAT) you are eligible for the Performing Scholar Scholarship.

performance groups

University Chorale

Opportunities to sing, play and act are open to all students, regardless of major or class rank. Auditions for most performance groups are held during the first week of fall semester. Credit is available for ensemble participation.
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ensemble scholarships

Concert band

In addition to scholarships for music majors, Bluffton offers a $1,000 scholarship to students majoring in another field who participate in music ensembles. >>> more about music scholarships