Music is a language that communicates to everyone — on the stage, in the classroom and beyond. Our mission is to foster a passion for music that speaks to the world.
Our program is recognized for its emphasis on training well-rounded musicians who will make a difference in their communities, whether they are performers, educators or people who simply want to share music with the world.
With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, students receive personal attention in their studies, a characteristic unique to a department of this caliber.
Our department offers several professional degree tracks to suit your interest, all of which are built on our commitment to the liberal arts.
We believe that it is essential for music theory and history to go hand-in-hand with performing, listening to and experiencing music. Therefore, our curriculum reflects a breadth and depth of music training that will launch you into a career with the skills you need for success in the musical environment of your choosing.
The Music Department offers professional degrees in music (B.Mus) in addition to the liberal arts degree (B.A). Each track is equipped with concentrations across instrumental and vocal areas while maintaining high academic rigor and an intimate learning environment.
- Bachelor of Music in Performance
- Winds, Brass and Percussion
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education — K–12 Certificate
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- The emphasis in Jazz Studies
We offer significant and meaningful musical experiences that help you cultivate a deep understanding of music’s impact on the world.
Our program is designed to accommodate any student wishing to pursue music — whether you want intensive professional training or simply to share your love of music with our community of musicians. Non-music majors are encouraged to participate in ensembles, applied lessons and music classes.
Our graduates perform with major opera companies, pursue graduate degrees at high-caliber institutions and direct music programs at churches or in schools. In fact, 95% of our students who complete music education degrees go on to teaching positions after graduation.
About the School
Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.