The Mars Hill University Department of Music provides an environment in which musicians develop skills and gain knowledge essential to lifelong professional and personal success in artistic endeavors. The Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1950, a testament to the department’s tradition of excellence.
The Mars Hill University music faculty members are alumni of prestigious music schools and are active scholars in their respective disciplines. Mars Hill University is renowned as a top program for producing excellent musicians who serve the region, the country, and the world as music educators, church musicians, and performers.
Mars Hill University offers the Bachelor of Music degree (with majors in Music Performance and Music Education) and the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program is designed to prepare students to teach general music, choral music, or instrumental music in public schools. This degree program is comprehensive and requires professional music education courses as well as a series of techniques courses in the student’s applied major. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student for Music K-12 licensure in the state of North Carolina.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance degree program is designed for those students who possess exceptional performing ability and who wish to pursue a career as a performer or performer/teacher at the collegiate level. Entrance into this program is highly selective and dependent upon faculty approval at the end of a student’s freshman year.
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
1. Apply to and be accepted by MHU through the normal admissions process via the Mars Hill University Office of Admissions
2. Complete the online Music Major Application Form
3. Schedule and complete the Music Major Entrance/Scholarship Audition
Prospective music majors are formally admitted to the Department of Music after successfully completing the Music Major Entrance/Scholarship Audition. The audition can only be scheduled after formal acceptance to the university and completion of the Music Major Application Form (Steps 1 and 2 above). The audition requirements are unique to each applied area and will be communicated to the student after receipt of the online Music Major Application. Each audition consists of a performance on the student’s primary instrument/voice and an evaluation of fundamental musical skills.
Scholarship priority will be given to those students who complete the audition by April 15 of the student’s senior year of high school.
Incoming students may practice their music theory and aural skills by visiting www.teoria.com. Music majors and minors are highly encouraged to be proficient in music literacy (treble and bass clefs), music notation, and the fundamentals of music.
Mars Hill University Library Music Resources (Grove Music Online, Naxos Music Library, Oxford Bibliographies, etc.)