What You’ll Learn

Some people were born to shine under the spotlight. If you consider yourself to be a rising star, or if you want to help others tap into their talent through engineering, music production or teaching, our music program may be the right fit for you.

As a music major at JCSU, you’ll have the opportunity to fine-tune your creativity and develop the skills to express yourself through sound.

What will I study as a music major?

If you decide a career in music is for you, our program will help you further develop your knowledge and talents.

Our program allows you to focus your study in one of three concentrations: music business and technology, sacred music or performance. No matter which path you choose, you’ll learn the basics of music theory, as well as the technology and equipment you’ll use in your future career.

You’ll also take a variety of hands-on courses. Working with instruments and music production software, we’ll help you develop your own style so you stand out in the music industry.


  • Music Business and Technology
  • Sacred Music
  • Performance

Popular classes in the music program



MUS 331 Introduction to Music Business Study the major areas of music business, including music merchandising, music copyright, production and artist management.
MUS 325 Introduction to Music Ministry Learn all the business aspects of being a leader in the music ministry.
MUS 332 Survey of Electronic Music Learn to use the professional-grade computer software used to create electronic music.
MUS 334 Hymnology Examine the music and texts of various hymn styles.

Where will I study music?

Do you know what a whisper room is? In your first year in our program, you’ll become familiar with using these sound-proof booths for recording artists or instruments.

As a music major at JCSU, your classroom takes many forms — some traditional and some not so traditional. You’ll also have access to recording studios, whisper rooms and Mac computer stations that feature the latest audio production and music software.

Did you know that JCSU was one of the first universities in the country to use Reason music production software in the classroom? Reason operates like a virtual recording studio, allowing you to mix your unique sound using synthesizers, mixes and sequencers. This computer interface simulates an entire room full of very expensive equipment.

What will I learn outside the music program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.330.1361.