Brittany Darling (’21)
It is truly inspiring when I see my professors thrive in their chosen career path with such a strong passion for what they do and believe in because finding a career I am passionate about is one of the things that I hope to find after graduation.
B.A. in MusicPraising God Wholeheartedly
Music Major or Minor
Music has been a sacred medium of worship for centuries. At Cornerstone University, our music major prepares musicians to serve wholeheartedly using their God-given gifts. By giving their all as individuals taking lessons and as a group performing in ensembles, our students prepare themselves to become worship leaders, music teachers and composers. Our graduates change the landscape of the music industry and praise God all in one.
All music degrees require an audition for entrance into the program and scholarship eligibility. The audition occurs in the spring semester of the high school senior year or at the conclusion of the freshman fall semester.
- Bachelor of Arts
- On Campus
- Grand Rapids
Our music students intern across West Michigan during their time at Cornerstone. You’ll find Cornerstone interns at churches, symphonies and music centers, living out their purpose and finding new ways to praise God.
- Calvary Church
- Christ Memorial Church
- Frontline Community Church
- Lakeshore Baptist Church
- Tabernacle Community Church
Graduates from Cornerstone’s music program go on to serve as worship leaders in churches, music teachers in schools and private music instructors at home. Their lives are marked by an unwavering devotion to God and their music.
- Applied music teacher
- Church musician
- Community musician
Of Communication, Media & Music Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.
Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.
Program Features and
The music program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.
Each year, qualified music majors and minors are invited to apply for instrumental or vocal music scholarships. Review our scholarship requirements and audition information to learn more.
Cornerstone offers a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. Ensembles are just one of the ways our music programs cultivate community among the next generation of musicians, providing opportunities for students to hone their craft together.
Off-Campus Study Opportunities
As a Cornerstone music student, you will have opportunities to study off-campus in the United States and abroad! Two of our most popular experiences include studying in Nashville, Tennessee, and participating in the international performance tour with our Chorale ensemble.
Cornerstone music alumni have received honors and opportunities such as:
- Michigan Competitive Band Association State Champion.
- Army Band—United State Military Academy and West Point.
- Top 12 on ABC’s “Rising Star.”
- RCA Today magazine feature.
- Several record releases.
Program Learning Outcomes
The music program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.
Demonstrate a broad knowledge of musical form, function and performance.
- Understand basic musicianship skills.
- Demonstrate sufficient understanding and capability of form and analysis.
- Place music in historical and cultural context.
- Demonstrate rudimentary capacity for composition and improvisation.
Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning
Possess instrumental and/or vocal competency to perform individually and collaboratively.
- Demonstrate technical skills requisite for artistic expression.
- Understand repertory and ability to perform cross section of it.
- Demonstrate ability to sight reading with fluency.
- Demonstrate keyboard competency.
- Demonstrate collaborative competence through ensemble experience.
Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
Civic and Global Learning
Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.
Biblical Worldview Integration
Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.
Music at Cornerstone
As a music major at Cornerstone, you have the incredible opportunity to perform in ensembles, take lessons in your instrument and even travel the country and the world. Studying music immerses you into your passions and cultivates your God-given gifts. Not only that, but it also opens the door to ceaseless possibilities.
CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.
The Communication, Media & Music Division has several music-related degree options available. Take a look at some of the other programs related to music.
B.A. in Music: Worship Arts
The worship arts program trains church leaders to stay committed to the heart of worship and resilient to the changing world around them.