Mount Mercy’s Music Department offers two degree programs, and provides opportunities for students from all disciplines to take music courses and participate in numerous vocal, instrumental and liturgical ensembles, or take applied vocal or piano lessons.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who intend to continue their studies in graduate school, pursue a music-related career, or perform professionally. Professors and students work together to design a program in study in specialized areas including applied vocal or instrumental, composition, or liturgical music.
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
The Music Education degree is designed for students wishing to pursue a teaching career. The music course of study is complimented by the highly regarded Education Department courses for teacher preparation.
Mount Mercy's music department is committed to providing a comprehensive music background that ensures students will be grounded in all areas of music including applied music, music history, music theory, ensemble music, and music appreciation. The department offerings are open to music majors, minors, and many courses are open to students from all disciplines.
One of the most important objectives of Mount Mercy's music program is to provide opportunities for individual and group performances in the Mount Mercy Choir, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Connection, Singing Men of Mercy, University Band, and Handbell ensemble. All ensembles except Jazz Connection and Madrigal Singers are open to students without audition. The University Band participates on campus as a pep band for athletic events, as well as a concert band. The University Choir typically goes on a spring break performance and service tour to locations such as New Orleans, LA, New York, and Denver, CO. The University Handbells is an ensemble that participates in concerts on campus, in the community, and for events in Campus Ministry.
Vocal and Instrumental Music scholarships are available for up to $3,000 per year on a renewable basis. Private lessons for vocal, piano, and instruments are open to students from all majors.