Department of Music

Department Chair: M. Cole


Professors: P. Sparti, M. Whitfield

Associate Professors: M. Cole, T. Hudson, B. Moser, S. Turner

Instructor: J. Harmon

The mission of the Department of Music of The School of Performing and Visual Arts is to provide the finest professional musical education to Gardner-Webb students, and the finest performances and education to the community-at-large. The Department strives to provide a well-rounded education that encompasses a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values while training students in the history, performance, teaching, composition, business, creation, and ministry of music. We also seek to stimulate interest in the arts, and strive to stimulate in our students an interest in serving the greater glory of God by serving others with music.

Bachelor of Arts in Music


Bachelor of Music Degrees


Emphasis in Business and Music Industry

Music Education

Music Performance

Worship Leadership

Major Fields of Study Detail

The Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students entering as Music majors or minors are required to take a Music Theory Placement Exam prior to the first week of class to gauge their level of theoretical competence. A first-time music major will be placed either in the sequence of MUSC 105/MUSC 106 (First-Year) or MUSC 100 (Basic Theory) according to exam results. Transfer music major placement is based on results following an exam which covers material from the last semester of music theory completed by the student.

Music majors who are not concentrating in piano are required to pass a piano proficiency examination as an integral part of the overall degree requirements. Non-piano concentrations must enroll for piano each semester until the piano proficiency is passed. Three-to-four credit hours in the secondary applied have been set aside in each Bachelor of Music curriculum (two credit hours for the BA in Music) for this purpose. Should the proficiency be passed before completion of the 3-4 hours of piano, the student may take the remaining hours in any non-primary concentration applied elective or performance ensemble. Piano concentrations must pass a sophomore screening and MUSC 259, which fulfill the piano proficiency requirement.

Each Music major is required to satisfactorily participate in a major performing group each Fall and Spring semester while enrolled as a full-time student, except the student teaching or internship semester. A student who requires more than eight semesters to complete a program may make a written request to the Chair of the Music Department for exemption from participation in a performance group after ten hours of performance organization credit have been acquired. Students must enroll in a performance group according to their concentration with the exception of Worship Leadership: four hours of a major vocal performing ensemble and four hours in a major performing ensemble according to the concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of eight major performing group hours (seven for Music Business), either from approved transfer hours or Gardner-Webb ensembles. Additionally, all Music majors must complete a minimum of one hour in a chamber ensemble. All ensembles may be repeated for credit.

Students pursuing the BM degree must complete the General Education requirements for that degree. Students pursuing the BA in Music must complete the General Education requirements for the BA. Students cannot receive both degrees.

A Music Handbook and complete curriculum outlines for each major in music and information pertaining to admission to programs, performance requirements, recital requirements, proficiency examinations, and attendance requirements are available online in Blackboard.

A grade of “C” or better is necessary to count any course in the major.