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Students interested in pursuing a Music degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University have the option to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Music degree (Education Track), as well as a BA in Music Performance or a BA in Sacred Music.

The BA program in Music provides students with a general aesthetic background in the history, theory, and appreciation of music. The major features a comprehensive curriculum including courses in harmony, aural skills, orchestration, and conducting. Students can also select an applied area of study in instrumental, keyboard, or vocal instruction – dependent upon their own individual interests. This particular program allows students to combine their study of music with other areas of interest as well such as education, theatre, family ministry, religion, or business.

The BM program in Music is an option for students planning to pursue a career in music education. The program provides students with the opportunity to achieve Teacher Certification in K-12 music instruction in North Carolina, and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students can choose to specialize in instrumental, keyboard, or vocal music education.

Students pursuing a BM. degree have the unique opportunity to transition into the University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Through Lenoir-Rhyne’s Bridges to Dreams and its Alumni Advantage programs, undergraduates have the opportunity to seamlessly matriculate into graduate programs by beginning coursework toward their master’s degree during their senior year, with graduate tuition further reduced. The program provides an avenue by which students can achieve their master’s degree in a shorter period of time and at a more affordable expense. The 4+1 Bridge allows students in the BM degree program to achieve their master’s in Teaching in five years. The curriculum includes specific music education courses which are required for the progression into the MAT. These courses include brass, percussion, string, and woodwinds techniques; elementary and middle school methods; and either instrumental or choral methods.


Students can also select a minor in Music as well as a minor or concentration in Sacred Music which offers preparation for careers in church music ministry and/or education. Additionally, music students have the opportunity to pursue honors courses upon approval from faculty.

ENTRANCE AUDITIONS: An entrance audition is required for acceptance into the music program in order to pursue a major or minor. Several of the music ensembles also require auditions.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Lenoir-Rhyne’s appreciation and commitment to music is evident through the many scholarships available. Students who qualify may receive financial scholarship funding of up to $24,000 over four years of study—often in addition to other LR scholarships.

Music Scholarships


In addition, there is a plethora of opportunities for all music students to take advantage of at Lenoir-Rhyne. Participation in the many choirs and or orchestras allow students to improve upon their skills and gain valuable performance experience, often while enjoying travel opportunities regionally as well as abroad.

A Cappella ChoirHandbell EnsemblePercussion Ensemble
Brass EnsembleHonors RecitalsPit Orchestra
Chapel ChoirJazz EnsembleSteel Drum Ensemble
College SingersLow Brass ChoirStudio Music Recitals
Flute ChoirMarching BandWind Symphony

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for participation in most music programs.

Students can also take advantage of other performance opportunities available in the community through the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Choral Society, Hickory Community Theater and other theatre productions including LR’s own Playmakers.

Lenoir-Rhyne also offers numerous teaching opportunities for students through the many community programs offered to children and young adults. Students can valuable experience participating with the Suzuki Kids in Koncert, Carolina Kodály Institute, annual Summer Youth Music Band Camp, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Choir, and other instructional programs offered through the University as well as the community.


Graduates of the music program of Lenoir-Rhyne University may pursue graduate level studies or choose from a number of career paths to showcase their talent and passion for music. Some of the many options may include music instruction/education, composition, performance, conducting, and church music ministry.


Students can earn a BA or BM in Music; BA degrees in Music Performance or Sacred Music are also available. Students can select a minor in music or a minor or concentration in Sacred Music.

Sacred Music Major Requirements

Music - Liberal Arts Major Requirements

Music Performance Major Requirements

Music Education Major Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Christopher Nigrelli

Professor of Music
Hickory Campus