An orchestra on stage
An orchestra on stage
An orchestra on stage
An orchestra on stage
An orchestra on stage

With three distinct degrees and several areas of study, music students can choose a concentration area and degree program at Bethel University!

Our music degree program in Indiana, offers Bethel students many opportunities. Students come from the region (including Indiana, Illinois and Michigan) and from around the country. Instrumentalists can play in the wind ensemble, jazz combo or jazz combo, chamber orchestra or chamber ensemble, or percussion ensemble. Choral students can participate in concert choir, opera workshop or Voices of Triumph, an a cappella group (audition required).

Students are immersed in music through group rehearsals and private lessons with our full-time and adjunct faculty members, who are skilled and trained musicians (many performers in the South Bend/Mishawaka area). Bethel’s music program welcomes the non-degreed student-musicians as well – just another part of receiving a well-rounded liberal arts degree.

Bethel’s classes and programs will stretch each student’s musical abilities in classes like music theory, sight singing, or basic conducting. Degrees in the music program include:

  • General music
  • Music education (K-12)
  • Music performance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is about as fast as the average for all occupations. The media hour wage (May 2017) was $26.96*.

Bethel graduates have gone on to careers on Broadway or in orchestras, as local musicians in jazz and classical groups, and as composers and recording artists.

For students interested in graduate school, some of our grads continued their education at:

  • Boston Conservatory
  • Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
  • Western Michigan University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Washington

Students are encouraged to apply and audition for our special music scholarships which are offered to intended music majors, minors, and talented elective students. Auditions are held each academic year between October and April. (See this page for details.)

4-Year Plan

Find out exactly what you can expect in our program. Each major and minor listing has a link to the plan you'll follow to earn your degree.

Majors & Minors

Concert Choir 2021

Bethel University, Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Percussion Ensemble, 2021

Bethel University, Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Wind Ensemble, 2021

Bethel University campus

Jazz Ensemble, 2021

Bethel University, Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Voices of Triumph, 2021

Bethel University, Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Orchestra, 2020

Bethel University campus

Bethel University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (general, general/choral, general/choral/instrumental, instrumental) and Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance (Instrumental, Piano, Vocal) are accredited by the NASM. Information can be obtained from the NASM, 11250 Riger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, or by calling 703.437.0700 or emailing

Scholarships & Auditions


Imagine a future as a performer in an orchestra or on Broadway; as a local band musician; or as a nationally based composer or recording artist. Those are just a few of the ways Bethel music department graduates are using their talents.

Graduate School Preparation

You can follow the lead of our grads who have gone to such prestigious music schools as the Boston Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University), Western Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, and University of Washington.

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Faculty and Staff

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Lara Turner

Lara Turner

Titles: Adjunct Cello Professor
Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Master of Music
Maggie Youngblood

Maggie Youngblood

Titles: Adjunct Professor of Music Education
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