The music major fosters strong skills in musical performance and introduces students not only to the canon of Western art music but also to various non-Western and popular idioms. It develops skills in analysis and interpretation as well as in performance that students can apply to a wide variety of musical styles.
Students gain proficiency in one or more of the following three facets of music: performance, theory, and/or history, and build a portfolio during their music experiences at Lyon. The senior project is a capstone experience for the music major, in which the student assimilates all three facets of the music program. It may take the form of a recital, lecture recital, or lecture.
Besides the unique chance to learn how to play the bagpipes as part of the Scottish Heritage program, students also enjoy the opportunity to work with music faculty on projects throughout the year, including the student recital, World Music Night, Holy Week Concert at the Christian Science Society. Students also have the chance to work with the Arkansas Symphony Chorus.
Josephine E. Brown Professor of Music and College Organist Dr. Russell T. Stinson; Associate Professor of Music Dr. Michael Oriatti; Director of Bands Dr. Fredrick Brown; Director of Pipe Band Jimmy Bell;
Students can become ensemble members in the marching band, the Symphonic Winds, the Lyon College Concert Chorale, the Lyon College Pipe Band, and the Lyon College Gospel Choir. They have the chance to participate in music for chapel hour, convocations, and other college events.
Majors also can take individual lessons in piano, voice, guitar, strings, bagpipes, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
From current students:
"I came to Lyon thinking that my exposure to the music department would begin and end with the marching band and concert band. However, the more time I spent there, the more involved I got until I changed my intended major all together. The music department is close-knit, a family. Not only are you experiencing music in all its forms, but you are being supported by the people within it. They only want you to get better and enjoy the craft. I couldn't see myself anywhere else." - Daria Giles, ‘23
City Year, musical theatre singer/director, jazz pianist, K-12 music educators, music studio owners, church music directors, church organists
Graduate schools: University of Memphis, Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Arkansas State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
For more information on the required courses for a Music major or minor, view our courses page.
Some popular careers for music majors include:
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a Music degree is $35,900.
Music Director- $44,000
High School Teacher- $57,000
Project Manager- $67,000
Music Therapist- $47,000
Worship Pastor- $45,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.
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