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Music

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Why study Music at CIU?

Fulfill your passion to glorify God through music with a program that prepares you for a career in church music, intercultural music (missions), or contemporary Christian music ministry. You will gain a working knowledge of music theory as you read, write, and analyze music of various styles. Plus, gifted professors will challenge you to attain a high level of proficiency in voice or on a musical instrument. You will also learn to appreciate and evaluate a variety of musical styles, while formulating a personal philosophy of music based on the application of biblical principles. Opportunities to use your talent are made available through solo and ensemble performances and chapel services.   

Your Future

After graduation, you will be prepared for a career in three main areas of music ministry:

  • Church Music Ministry: A thorough training in church music combined with CIU’s biblical emphasis prepares you to lead a local church in worship as a minister of music.
     
  • Contemporary Music Ministry: If your passion is to become a contemporary music artist, private lessons in keyboard and voice assist you honing your skills. Plus, you will be exposed to the latest in music technology.
     
  • Music in Missions: Imagine helping people of another culture to praise God in their own language and in their own heart music. You will be trained to understand music in a different cultural setting than your own, as you use your gifts wherever God leads you.

Your Next Step

Follow your passion for music. Get started today.

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Featured Faculty: 
Alison Branham
Voice Instructor

B.Mus., Columbia College; M.Mus., University of South Carolina; doctoral candidate, University of South Carolina

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Chris Essig
Guitar Instructor

M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina under the instruction of Christopher Berg; B.A. in Guitar Performance, Geneva College

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Rod Lewis Rod Lewis
Music Program Director

B.A. in Music Education, Alderson Broaddus College; M.M. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina;n D.M.A. in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina

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David Osterlund
Prison Initiative Program Director

B.S., M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ed.D., University of Illinois

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Alena Pagal
Piano Instructor

B.Mus., Bowling Green State University; M.Mus., University of South Carolina

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