Study music at a university ranked the top Christian college on the West Coast. Music majors at George Fox study their field in an encouraging Christian college environment.

As a music major at George Fox University, you will study a Christian curriculum that equips you with the knowledge and experience necessary to follow your chosen musical vocation and minister in your community.

Great musicians build on tradition and the performances that inspire them. George Fox integrates music history, theory, technique, and application to help you become the musician you want to be. Improve listening skills through ear training. Examine form, composition and technique through analysis. Get the musical background you need to move from student to performer. Build on your knowledge to achieve a personal style and expertise.

Our talented faculty provides private instruction in voice, string, brass, woodwind, percussion, and keyboard instruments, as well as ensemble-style opportunities for practice and improvement. Focus on choral, band, or individual performances, or enjoy versatility in all three. We offer two music majors, one of which consists of a music core required of all majors, plus at least one of four concentrations:

General

Performance

Pre-Teaching

Composition

The second major is music education. Students completing this degree will be licensed to teach music in grades P-12 after four years of study.

Students in our program learn to:

  • Work both individually and cooperatively to develop and execute musical communications
  • Understand artistic traditions and their influence on contemporary expression
  • Present music in ways appropriate to their audiences and verbally explain their communication
  • Work in community as teachers, learners, creators, and performers to seek musical excellence

Our music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Request information about the music major at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

What we offer …

  • Small classes

    Our small classes allow students to benefit from frequent one-to-one mentoring. The university’s 13.6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for plenty of personal attention.

  • Broad curriculum

    Students take a liberal-arts curriculum that helps broaden perspectives and contributes to an appreciation and understanding of all aspects of society. All classes are taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated with learning.

  • Faculty expertise

    Our professors are skilled musicians who specialize in a wide range of disciplines, including keyboard, choral, theory and composition and band. 

  • Acoustics

    The Oregon Symphony, one of America's major orchestras, uses our Bauman Auditorium for recordings because of its superior acoustics. James DePreist, laureate music director of the symphony, describes the auditorium as “one of the finest venues for music-making in this country.”

  • Music Ensembles

    We offer a variety of outlets for musical expression, including a concert choir, men’s and women’s chorales, vocal jazz ensemble, chamber singers, symphonic band, jazz band, handbell ringers and a keyboard ensemble.

  • Global opportunities

    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students participate in an international experience. The university ranks among the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges in study-abroad participation.

  • National recognition

    George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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