Majoring in Music


Graduates from the Corban Music program pursue careers such as

  • Music Educators

  • Church Worship Leaders

  • Composers

  • Music Therapists

  • Performers

  • Scholars

  • Missionaries

  • Arts Administrators

The music curriculum begins with a common core of courses for all music majors, and continues into specialized coursework that meets each student's needs and interests. Students gain pracitcal experience through performances, internships, classroom field experiences, and other projects.

Students who are considering a major in music must fulfill the following (in addition to the other Corban admission requirements).

  • Music Application
  • Audition for the music faculty
  • The spring before you begin at Corban, you will be contacted to take a Music Theory Placement Exam.

Degrees in Music Education, Worship Arts, Music Performance, and General Music all require these same elements. Please contact with any questions.


Every student wanting to major in music at Corban University must turn in a Music Application and audition for the music faculty. Completion of these two items before March 1 will also make incoming students eligible for a music scholarship. 

A prime time to audition is during one of the two annual Corban Experience events. The Music Department holds auditions on both the Saturday before Corban Experience and on the second day of Corban Experience, after all of the other festivities end.
Everyone who attends the Corban Experience event gets a tour of the campus, a chance to sit in on a couple of classes, and a $500 visitor scholarship. For more information on this event or to sign up to attend, visit the Corban Experience page.

If the dates of the Corban Experience don’t work for you, you also have the option of scheduling a personal audition appointment, or you can send us a recording if coming to Corban just won't work for you at this time.


What Do Auditions For The Corban University Music Department Look Like?

The first part of the audition will involve music the student has already prepared—approximately 7-10 minutes of music.
Come prepared with two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument (voice included). Some examples of contrast are: 

  • Art music vs. worship music
  • Traditional hymn vs. contemporary worship song
  • Classical piece vs. jazz piece
  • Composition from the Baroque era vs. a song from the 21st Century

It is best to have your selections memorized, although this is not required.

If you play multiple instruments you are welcome to perform a single piece on your secondary instrument as well.

After you have performed your prepared pieces, the professors will ask you to do a little sight-reading on your primary instrument.
After that, you will have the opportunity to talk with the attending faculty members and ask any questions you may have about the Corban Music Department and Corban University in general.

Please dress modestly and professionally for your audition, and choose clothing that will not hinder your performance.
Jeans and other casual apparel are not appropriate. Formal-wear is not necessary.


What Do We Need From You In Order To Set Up Your Audition?

Email us at and include the following information:

  1. Potential dates during the school year that will work for you.
    • Are you able to attend one of the Corban Experience events? If so, will Saturday afternoon (day before the Experience begins) or Monday afternoon (after the Experience ends) work better for you?
    • Do you need to set up a personal audition date outside of the Corban Experience?
    • Are you unable to come to campus at this time and need to send in a recording instead?
  2. The instrument(s) with which you plan to audition (voice counts as an instrument in this case).
  3. Music for an accompanist, if you need us to provide one for you (music must be given at least two weeks in advance).
  4. A Music Application.