Lyon College's music major is 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; potential church musicians; and students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.
In addition to studying music in the classroom, music majors will 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, students can further their 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 study not only a variety of musical and non-musical fields, but also may, based upon an audition, receive financial aid for their continued participation.
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, which seats 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.
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