Department of Music | Louisiana College

Department of Music

The Department of Music at Louisiana College is devoted to the training, motivating, and inspiring of the future performers, educators, and ministers of this generation. With a constant push for relevancy in their fields of study, the Faculty will educate the musicians through a Christ- centered worldview, preparing them to engage today’s culture as consummate musicians.


Louisiana College’s Department of Music offers students a music education rooted in the liberal arts tradition,  taught by established Christian educators and scholars. Musical performance groups include the Chorale, The Voices of Louisiana College, Opera Workshop, Louisianians, the Wildcat Marching Band, LC Wind Ensemble and Gracenotes.

Recent graduates have distinguished themselves in a variety of musical fields. 

To fulfill its purpose, the Department of Music aims at the following objectives:

1. To enable each student to develop self-awareness and fulfillment through an understanding and appreciation of the music experience, developing the total person, and promoting intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social growth.

2. To encourage each student to acquire a high level of knowledge, understanding and skill in music theory, history, and literature; to provide opportunities for thorough training for each student in a chosen area of performance; to equip each student to be a scholar/servant  leader.

3. To assist music majors in relating music to the other disciplines, while assisting non-music majors in their understanding and appreciation of music as an essential ingredient of a complete education and philosophy of life.

4. To enrich the spiritual, cultural, and intellectual life of the college, community, and denomination by providing frequent opportunities to participate in music as performers or listeners; to offer performing experiences in vocal and instrumental ensembles for the college and community, with emphasis on excellence of literature and performance.

Music Degrees

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered in both Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. Students will be able to apply for state certification to teach either Instrumental or Vocal music in public or private schools.

The Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music with concentrations in specific areas of music (Vocal Studies, Piano Studies, Music/Worship Leadership) combine the breadth of curriculum of the liberal arts degree with intensive training in career-specific programs.  These are liberal arts degrees designed to offer students the opportunity to pair their studies with training in another discipline, be it a minor or double major. Such pairings result in tailored degrees that meet individual student needs. Such minors could include a minor in business for the student interested in pursuing a career in Music Business, a minor in theatre for the student interested in pursuing a career in Musical Theatre, and a minor in psychology for the student interested in pursuing a career in Music Therapy.

The concentrations in Vocal Studies and Piano Studies are designed to combine coursework associated with the Liberal Arts with specialized training and opportunities for performance on their chosen instrument. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Worship Leadership) is designed for those students called to leadership in music and ministry.

Interesting Facts

  • Three graduates from the Department of Music, Keri Beth Powell, Maranda Stewart, and Cameron Weatherford have received the Louisiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Young Music Educator Award for their work in Music Education.

  • Graduates are spread throughout the state and region in both public, private, and ministerial positions.

  • Many students have gone on to graduate schools across the country and are pursuing successful careers in education and performance.

Department Information

Yes. Significant scholarships are available based on the incoming student’s audition. Some scholarships are guaranteed for four years of study. Others are on a year-to- year basis, based on student performance and availability of funds. There are also scholarships available for Music Minors. 

You will receive confirmation letters in the mail no more than two weeks after your audition. 

The audition requirements vary depending on your intended degree plan. Download the “Audition Requirements” document to see a detailed description of what is required.

If you would like to provide and accompanist, you are welcome to. If not, we will provide one for you.

If you cannot attend your audition day, we can gladly facilitate a separate audition if circumstances require it. 

Yes. Ensembles are open to every student. Auditions are held
each semester. Simply contact the director of the ensemble to set up your audition time. Scholarships are available for non- music majors.

Absolutely. Lessons are open to all students, regardless of major.