Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (N.A.S.M.). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (A.M.T.A.) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (C.B.M.T.). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides you with a variety of career options in the music field. You may choose the general music major, which allows you to combine a music major with another major or minor field. Or you may choose the Church Music track, which combines coursework in music and religion to prepare you for leading music programs in churches or for further study in graduate school.
Music Department Fast Facts
Wartburg offers four-year majors/degrees. This means one year less tuition and one more year of salary when compared with a state university.
The college offers the only B.A. in church music in Iowa.
Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree.
The music department boasts a 100 percent job/graduate school placement rate for ALL graduates.
Wartburg is one of only three colleges in Iowa to be certified by N.C.A.T.E (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
The college is the only Iowa school that offers ethnomusicology as an active part of the music curriculum.
Music education students start field experience in their first year.
13½ -14 course credits:
MU 105 Music Theory I
MU 106 Music Theory II
MU 107 Aural Skills I
MU 205 Music Theory III
MU 207 Aural Skills II
MU 315 Music History I
MU 316 Music History II
MU 318 20th-Century Music
One non-applied music course credit or
MU 322 Music in Christian Worship (Church Music concentration only) or
MU 209 General Music Methods: Grades K-8 and
MU 181 Field Experience in Elementary General Music Grades K-8 (Piano Pedagogy concentration only)
MU 401 Form and Analysis or
MU 324 Conducting (Church Music concentration only)
MU 461 Perspectives in Music or
RE 460 Church in the Modern World (Church Music concentration only)
Three major applied music credits and
One minor applied music credit or
Four applied music credits, including 1½ credits in keyboard (Church Music concentration only) or
Four major applied music credits (Piano Pedagogy concentration only)
Participation in music ensemble each term
Pass piano basic skills, if non-keyboard emphasis
Pass freshman jury
Pass sophomore barrier
Third-year recital (15 minutes)
Fourth-year recital (30 minutes)
Church Music Concentration
Music major plus 7 course credits:
RE 101 Literature of the Old and New Testaments
RE 301 Old Testament Themes or
RE 302 New Testament Studies
RE 315 History of Christianity I
RE 371 Internship
RE 372 Internship or
One RE course credit
RE 374 Church Leadership After Christendom
One course credit from
RE 215 Contemporary Moral Problems: Poverty or Racism
RE 222 Sexual Ethics
RE 310 Living with Death
RE 350 Christian Ethics
Piano Pedagogy Concentration
Music major plus 5 course credits:
MU 153 Collaborative Pianism (four terms)
MU 156 Applied Piano Pedagogy (two terms)
MU 170 Applied Voice (two terms)
MU 221 Piano Literature and Materials
MU 227 Piano Pedagogy–General Methods
MU 228 Piano Pedagogy–Studio Methods
MU 450 Independent Study and Research: Pedagogy
Bachman Fine Arts Center
Opened in 1991, the Bachman Fine Arts Center houses the departments of music and art. The Bachman Fine Arts Center offers excellent equipment and facilities for rehearsal and practice, 50 grand and upright pianos, 22 practice rooms, and 16 music studios. The building also houses a music therapy facility that includes an observation laboratory. The Presser Music Technology Classroom is equipped with computer equipment, MIDI keyboards, and software for composition, music theory, and ear training. Art facilities include a gallery, graphic design computer stations, classrooms, and studios.
Wartburg performance spaces can accommodate audiences of 150 in Orchestra Hall, 300 in McCaskey Lyceum, 650 in Wartburg Chapel, and 1,200 in Neumann Auditorium. Organ students have access to five pipe organs on campus.