The Bachelor of Music in Gospel Music Performance offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree which is not only focused in Gospel Music but which includes a strong biblical, academic, and musical foundation for its specialization. Performance degrees represent the highest standards of professional studies, including the history, theory, and practice of many genres of music, from classical to jazz. The inclusion of Gospel Music as a Performance major at Nyack College reflects not only our deep respect for the genre, but our desire to prepare our students to be complete musicians, able to minister effectively and perform globally in this inspiring field.
Why Study Gospel Music Performance at Nyack College?
Students who study Gospel Music Performance will have access to some of the finest Gospel venues and artists in the world, including some who are on our faculty.
Students will enjoy a valuable academic program which will give them versatility and opportunity in their future graduate program or career choices.
Students will be nurtured in a Christian atmosphere in which they will find encouragement on their way to fulfillment.
Students will have an opportunity to explore and perform many types of music and to study with top scholars within the context of a State-accredited private institution.
Students will make lifelong friends and important interconnections in the world of music in general and Gospel music in particular.
At a Glance
Standard Completion Time: 4 years
Accreditation: New York State Board of Regents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Association of Schools of Music
What Will I Study as a Gospel Music Performance Major?
As a Gospel Performance Major, you will study the communication skills and vocal, instrumental, or keyboard skills which will enable you to have a long and fruitful career in your chosen field. Together with your Nyack Core Curriculum, you will also study the history, methods, and practice of Gospel worship and performance practice, including:
Literature and Materials of Music (an integrated Music History, Theory Mathematics, Science, and cultural sequence)
Gospel Music History
Private lessons in your instrument or voice
Gospel Improvisation (private lessons)
Field Experience (Internship)
Additionally, you will travel and perform with elite music ensembles.