Visual & Performing Arts Majors


The Grand View Music Department offers real opportunities for involvement, leadership, and making a difference. You can be involved in ensembles, go deeper and take private lessons, challenge yourself to study the structural and aesthetic principles of music through music courses, or blend the love of music with a sense of vocation by majoring in Music, Music Education or Church Music. At all levels, you'll benefit from innovative teaching, personal attention, small class size, and rich opportunities for development and leadership. Our professors are recognized as engaging teachers and experts in their field who care about their students' development.

Grand View’s Music Department offers a major in Music, Music Education and Church Music, as well as a Music Minor.

Music Major

This degree offers a foundation in music and prepares students for a variety of music-related careers.  Music Majors study theory, history and participate in ensembles.  Graduates can go on to professional careers as musicians or go to graduate school in their chosen field.

Music Education Major
This program prepares students for careers as music teachers in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  Students study classroom management techniques and human development while still learning theory and history.  Graduates of the Music Education Major benefit from learning and combining two disciplines into one.

Church Music Major
The major in Church Music is a combined program of study in music and religion.  You’ll  learn music theory and history while also studying religious theology and philosophy.  Like Music Education Majors, graduates with a degree in Church Music benefit from learning and exploring in two majors simultaneously.

Music Minor
Students with a minor in Music benefit from being able to combine a passion of music with their chosen program of study.

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Courses and Requirements

Department Courses in the Core:

  • Introduction to Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music in Society
  • Music of the World
  • History and Theory of Medieval & Renaissance Music
  • History and Theory of 20th Century Music

Prerequisite Courses:

  • French I (or approved substitute)

Strongly Recommended:

  • Survey of Western Civilization to 1660
  • Survey of Western Civilization from 1660 to Present
  • Music Appreciation

Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Performance attendance
  • French II (or substitute)
  • Grand View Choir OR
  • Grand View Wind Ensemble OR
  • Kantorei (OR other approved ensemble)
  • Music Majors are to be enrolled in Ensemble every semester of residency and accumulate a minimum of 6 semester credits.
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • History and Theory of 17th & 18th Century Music
  • History and Theory of 19th Century Music
  • History and Theory of Medieval & Renaissance Music
  • History and Theory of 20th Century Music
  • Conducting
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • Senior Recital
  • Piano Proficiency (Prior to Junior status)

Free Electives:

  • Music Methods: Elementary
  • Instrumental Methods
  • Instrumental Methods II

See the Reference Documents section below for more detailed course  requirements, or for detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.


The music department offers voice, instrumental and piano scholarships for qualified students (by audition only). Scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $3,000 and are renewable each year provided the student continues in good standing in his or her music activities.

Pro Musica Scholarships
Pro Musica Scholarships are available for music majors as well as non-majors. To be eligible you must respond to the scholarship invitation as a new student and be accepted for admission. The terms of the scholarships are that you participate in an ensemble and take private lessons in your major area with continuous good standing in both areas.

During audition, students are required to perform two pieces or movements in contrasting style from the standard concert repertoire. For specific instructions and more information, or to register for the scholarship audition day, contact the music department. The music department also encourages choir students to improve their musicianship by partially subsidizing their piano or voice lessons.
For information about auditioning for a scholarship, please click HERE.  The registration deadline is typically during the first week in February.

Music scholarships may also be awarded at Scholarship Days.

Lutheran Music Program Scholarship
$1,000 available to alumni of the Lutheran Music Program (Lutheran Summer Music) for students majoring in music, music education, or church music. Recipients may also audition for an additional Pro Musica Scholarship.


Grand View Choir
The Grand View Choir performs for major university events, including Julefest, the annual Grand View Christmas celebration, Honors Convocation, and Baccalaureate, and tours each year during spring break.  In recent year the Choir has toured to Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada, Denmark, Germany, California, Oregon and Washington State.  It made its first overseas tour in 2005 and returned to Europe to tour in 2009 and 2013.  Membership in the choir is open to student of all majors by audition. The choir is touring in the US this year, click HERE to learn more!

Grand View Wind Ensemble
The wind ensemble is comprised of music majors, music minors, and interested non majors.  We perform for the World Food Prize ceremony, Family Day and Julefest in the fall; during the spring they perform two concerts and at Honors Convocation and Commencement.

Kantorei is a small vocal ensemble which sings a wide variety music and makes many off-campus appearances. Literature can consist of Christmas carols, madrigals, jazz standards, part songs, and a host of other styles. Membership is selected by the director from the students in the Grand View Choir.

Viking Pep Band
The Pep Band is made up of people from the Grand View Wind Ensemble and plays at football and basketball games.
Jazz Combo
The combo performs at Family Day and Spring Concerts, as well as the Spring Soiree.

Music Lessons
All students in ensembles are strongly encouraged to further their individual musicianship by taking private lessons. Lessons on woodwind, brass, percussion, and stringed instruments, piano, and voice are available from knowledgeable and highly skilled instructors.

Private Lessons
Grand View seeks to help all students explore and develop their own musical talents. To that end, private lessons are offered affordably to all students in piano, voice, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, percussion, and stringed instruments. Lessons consist of one half-hour of private instruction each week. Advanced students may take a double lesson with permission from their instructor.


Pro Musica. Music scholarships in amounts up to $3,000 are available for majors and non-majors.  Please click here for information.

Lutheran Music Program Scholarship. $1000 available to alumni of the Lutheran Music Program (Lutheran Summer Music) for students majoring in music, music education, or church music. Recipients may also audition for an additional Pro Musica Scholarship.

Sponsor:  Kathryn Duffy
Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities

Mark Doerffel
Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Instrumental Activities



Students in the Grand View Music Department are encouraged to complete optional internships.  Internships are available in recording studios and art management.  Students following the Music Education program of study will complete 2 semesters of practicum and one semester of student teaching.