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Music Department


Robert Kania, Department Chair

Jean Bishop, Karl Davies, Gwyn Downey, Michael Folker, Jeremiah Frederick, Debra Freedland, Tara Hayes, Laura Hinkle, Sojung Hong, Adam Huff, Joshua Jones, Robert Kania, Joanna Newby, Nancy Lemons, Daniel Rider, Tim Shaffer, Robert Weber, Michelle Wrighte.


The Department of Music provides course work and private instruction, plus performance and internship experiences, in order to prepare music majors to:

  • Work professionally in their chosen field
  • Gain admission to related graduate programs
  • Pursue appropriate professional training
  • Integrate the arts with the liberal arts and with their Christian values

Additionally, the Department of Music, through its schedule of concerts and recitals, is committed to the development of a widening aesthetic appreciation in all Judson University students.


Students majoring in music are expected to meet the following objectives:

  • Basic understanding of the structure of music
  • Development of skill and repertoire in at least one area of music, which may lead to a vocation
  • Understanding of music as an expression of one's own personal Christian faith and the effective use of music in the church
  • Knowledge of group dynamic skills learned in performance ensembles
  • Knowledge of and research in the library's music resources
  • Understanding of the materials of music, leading to the student's own effective individual musical expression
  • Understanding music as a powerful force in the development of human personality
  • Understanding of music as an expression of Western culture and how it relates to other cultures of the world
  • Familiarity with American music and composers and their unique contributions to the world of music


Music Performance

The Music Performance major provides students with both a skills-based curriculum and also ample performance opportunities for a 21st-century, real-world music education that prepares students well for a number of different possible vocations. Core classes lay a solid foundation, giving students the music theory, music history, orchestration, and other skills needed to succeed. From there, Music Performance students are encouraged to add a specialized minor to increase their training in a particular area of music performance.

Music Business and Entrepreneurship Major

This major is an interdisciplinary degree program combining music, business, and worship arts. The program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to create, perform, and record their own popular songs and worship music, and then start their own small music business with which they can market their work. The Music Business Entrepreneurship major culminates in a Senior Music Business Project (MUS473) that includes a faculty-juried business plan presentation and faculty-juried public performance in addition to cooperative work with other senior project students in artist relations, concert promotion and concert production. The Senior Music Business Project, MUS473, is the capstone experience and assessment.


  • Church Music Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance (concentration area required)
  • Studio Piano Teaching
  • Studio Voice Teaching
  • Praise and Worship Music


Certificate programs in music are designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent. These are non-degree programs; students do not earn a formal award from Judson University. Rather, students are prepared to go into graduate studies in music.

Music Performance

This certificate program is designed for individuals looking for intensive music performance study both as a soloist and an ensemble musician in order to enhance their employment opportunities or prepare for graduate studies. Both a 1-year and a 2-year program are available.

Church Music

The Church Music Certificate-Cultural Immersion at Judson University is designed for individuals eager to deepen their understanding about worship music and sophisticate performance skills as a worship leader at their church.

Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Vice President for Student Success and

University Registrar


Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (BA) and Graduate


Casimiro Vela
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (AA)


Caitlin Kiel
Assistant to the Registrar:
Catalog and Reporting


Kirsten Olson

Transfer Student Director


Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor


Rebecca Huguley
Registrar's Office Coordinator
Transcript Orders and Enrollment Verifications


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