Music Major and Concentrations
At Concordia, Music is more than a major—it is an integral part of the college experience for students in a variety of undergraduate studies. We use music to cultivate and articulate human thought in beautiful ways. We also use it as a valuable expression of faith, a gift of God to aid in the proclamation of the Gospel.
Effective Fall 2016*, the music major at Concordia University Irvine emphasizes 54 units of development in the following academic areas:
Musicianship (33 units)
Contextualization of Music (11 units)
Leadership & Collaboration (8 units)
Capstone Experience (2 units)
In addition, students may pursue any of the 7 music major concentrations. Each is an additional 13-18 units.
Music Major Concentrations
Students who desire to prepare for professional work or graduate study in specific areas may pursue an optional music major concentration, which entails additional coursework beyond the Music major requirements. Only students who complete all 54 units of required coursework for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree are eligible for Music major concentrations.
Building on core competencies in musical studies, you may choose from 7 areas of specialization:
- Church Music
- Commercial Music
- Instrumental Performance
- Music Education
- Piano Performance
- Vocal Performance
Additional Certification Available for Music Majors
Additionally, Concordia provides three opportunities for certification in Music education:
Director of Parish Music certification (Church Music Concentration students)
Lutheran teacher certification (Music Education Concentration students)
Teacher Credential Program (Music Education Concentration students)
Many Concordia students who major in other fields also choose to complete their elective requirements with a formal program of study in music with a music minor.
Cross-Discipline Majors and Minors
Two other majors at Concordia include significant coursework in music:
Humanities and Fine Arts (Dept. of Humanities)
Liberal Studies: Music Concentration (Dept. of Education)
Concordia also offers cross discipline minors that involve music:
Worship Arts Leadership Minor (offered through Christ College)
Musical Theatre Minor (offered through Theatre Dept.)
*Please note that students enrolled prior to Fall 2016 may complete their studies under the previous Music major requirements.