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The Music Major

At Lyon College we speak the language of music, endorsing its traditional role in the liberal arts. The Music major is thus rooted in the history and theory of music, as well as in performance. It is well suited to students who wish to pursue graduate study in performance, music education, music theory, or musicology; to potential church musicians; and to students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.

In addition to studying music in the classroom, music majors develop their skills as performers (in voice, piano, organ, or selected instrumental areas) in private lessons with a member of the music faculty. A basic level of skill at the piano is expected of all music majors; therefore, a piano proficiency examination must be passed by the senior year. All music majors must also complete a senior project that will culminate in the form of a public recital, lecture-recital, or lecture.

Aside from private lessons, you can further your studies by performing with the Lyon College Concert Chorale, the Lyon College Concert Band, the Lyon College Flute Choir and the Lyon College Pipe Band.  Students in these ensembles not only study a variety of musical and non-musical fields, but also may, based upon an audition, receive financial aid for their continued participation.

The small class sizes allow for practical, hands-on experiences in our upper-level courses, especially for aspiring music teachers. We offer courses to enhance the education curriculum, giving you the preparation you need to enter the classroom.

Major campus concerts are held in Brown Chapel, which seats 500. This room features a 37-rank mechanical action Holtkamp pipe organ, built in 1980, and two full-size Baldwin grand pianos. (Organ students also have access to the neo-baroque Flentrop pipe organ located at the Christian Science Society in Batesville.) The elegant Bevens Music Room, seating 120, provides phenomenal acoustics for chamber music and solo performances and features an eight-foot Kawai grand piano. Other grand and spinet pianos, as well as a Hubbard harpsichord, are available for student practice in the Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building.

The Music Minor

The Music minor is a course of study designed as a second field for students wishing to explore interests and develop talents in the area of music.

The Music/Scottish Arts Minor

The Music/Scottish Arts minor is a program of studies for students interested in the music of Scotland, particularly bagpiping. Completion of the course will enable the successful student to gain the knowledge to sit for examinations from the various organizations that administer certification in the United States and Scotland.



Dr. Russell T. Stinson

Josephine E. Brown Professor of Music and College Organist

Office 24 in the Brown Chapel and Fine Arts Building
870.307.7261 /


Dr. Michael Oriatti

Assistant Professor of Music

Office 12 in the Brown Chapel and Fine Arts Building
870.307.7259 /


Martha Healey

Adjunct Instructor of Music

870.307.7359 /


Monty Hill

Director of Bands

870.307.7080 /


Dr. Sarah Weston

Adjunct Instructor of Music

870.793.3603 /