Department of Music at DBU

The central mission of the Department of Music is to educate students in order that they might engage the global society and industry through transformational musical performance, scholarship, and service so they might be servant leaders in their chosen professions. In addition, musical offerings including ensemble, faculty, guest, and student performances enhance the total university liberal arts experience and give an opportunity for creative fulfillment.

Audition Information for Music Majors: Overview | Upcoming Dates

Alumni Testimonial

Michael Hamilton | Music Major

headshot of Michael Hamilton

"My DBU experience was filled with the best music education from the top musicians and educators, mentorships and relationships with my professors, and lifelong bonds with my fellow students, coworkers, and accompanists. I will always cherish the years I spent at DBU and that is why it will always be home!"

Overview of the Music Department

A thorough understanding of music theory, history and literature is required of the student majoring in music, and a high priority is given to general musicianship and the development of the highest level of artistic achievement within the student's chosen area of applied music. All courses and degree plans are designed to satisfy the requirements for music accrediting agencies.

The Department of Music is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In 1998, the Department of Music was given a commendation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Degree programs leading to state certification in music education (choral) conform to the requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

The music program is an integral part of Dallas Baptist University. Students enrolled in regular coursework are governed by the same rules and regulations for attendance, discipline, and examination as those who apply to the institution as a whole.

Music Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Additional Music Requirements

  • Seminar/Performance Lab
  • Individual Recitals
  • Applied Music
  • Music Ensembles

Goals of the Department

Educational Goals

  • Gain an overall knowledge of music theory, forms, and structure.
  • Develop a workable knowledge of the history of Western music and cultivate an awareness of the influence of music upon culture.
  • Cultivate an awareness of non-Western indigenous music and its influence upon culture.
  • Present public performances at the highest artistic level possible.
  • Possess proficient keyboard, conducting, critical thinking, and improvisational skills.
  • Be prepared to earn a living in a chosen field of music.

Ministry Goals

  • Understand that music is a gift from God the Creator and is an art form that helps to make us fully human.
  • Utilize music as a vehicle of worship.
  • Recognize music as a tool for enlightenment, evangelism, edification, training, and recreation in order to meet the spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs of the students.