Hannah McBride

Hannah McBride

“I really like the music aspect of worship services. That’s when I feel the closest to God, and I realized I want to do that as a job.”




Bluffton is an Ohio Music Educators AssociationCorporate/Institutional Partner.


Because Bluffton is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and an All-Steinway School, you can be assured that you will receive a quality musical education. Bluffton's music department is unique from other liberal arts schools in that:




  • Music* with concentrations in  
    • business
    • general studies
    • music ministry
    • performance
    • piano pedagogy

* The music major can be completed in 3 years.


Music major/minor

The music major, with five possible concentrations, prepares students for entry-level positions in fields such as church music or music retailing. The curriculum requires 45 semester hours in music and allows time to complete a second major in another department. Each concentration maintains a common core of music theory, music history, piano and applied study.

Many Bluffton music graduates have gone on to complete master's and doctoral degrees.

Seth Regula '19

Seth Regula, a music major from Jackson Center, Ohio, can’t believe how much he has progressed as a musician at Bluffton. He sings in University Chorale, plays trombone in Concert Band, and plays bass guitar in both Jazz Band and Pep Band. Last spring, he also had a leading role in the May Day Musical. 

“I really credit Crystal Sellers-Battle with getting my voice to the level it needs to be, and Stephanie Titus has been a great theory teacher and a great piano teacher.”
Seth’s story >

  • Business allows you to specialize in a variety of areas artist management, arts administration, music retail or recording. 
  • General studies provides you the opportunity to specialize your music learning experience.
  • Music ministry prepares you for leading music in the worship service as well as participating in worship planning.
  • Performance studies provides an opportunity for you to develop skills in a performance area, preparing you for graduate study.
  • Piano pedagogy is the study of piano teaching. This concentration ensures that you will develop your teaching and business skills so that you will be successful in the area of private teaching.

Music education


The music education major is a licensure program that meets the Ohio licensure requirements and prepares students to teach both vocal and instrumental music pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Bluffton University music education majors have earned a reputation for excellence in Ohio public schools.

Kimberly Meyer

Kimberly Meyer, a music and music education double major, decided to step outside of her comfort zone by completing her student teaching experience in a completely new setting—Chicago.

“The more I learned about the Chicago program, the more I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Kimberly’s story >

Explore the courses required for a
Major in music education

Complete a major in music education in four year with the following guildlines for students beginning fall 2019 and after.


Worship arts major/minor

Worship arts incorporates existing classes from the music, religion, art and communication and theatre departments, and prepares students for church positions and/or seminary. It will also bolster cooperation and increased involvement in chapel and campus ministry programs.


Chapel band

It is essential that students majoring in worship arts have a solid grounding in theology and be proficient in various musical areas, visual art, communication and theatre. While a worship arts major will be housed in the music department, it is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together multiple academic departments and the area of campus ministry.

Hannah McBride '19

Hannah McBride, a music ministry and worship arts double major, connects with one part of Chapel the most, music.

She schedules students to lead worship, often writes the benediction and sings with the praise band.
Hannah’s story >

Explore the courses required for a
Major in worship arts
Minor in worship arts

Complete a major in worship arts in four year with for students beginning fall 2019 and after.

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