Music Major Overview

The Music major at Bluefield College will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. The Music major may elect a concentration in Applied Music (vocal or piano, pedagogy), Church Music, General Music, or General Music with Teacher Licensure. A broad range of courses and activities, individualized instruction, scholarships and financial aid, performance opportunities on and off campus, an outstanding and highly qualified faculty, and the Bluefield College Performing Arts Series are all available. A music minor is also available. No minor is required with a music major, but students may elect to pursue a minor if they so desire.


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Music Major Internships

All students with a concentration in Church Music are required to complete an internship. Church Music interns are partnered with a Minister of Music/Worship Pastor, who supervises their work in the music ministry of the host church. All Music Education students complete a semester of student teaching in lieu of an internship requirement. 

Common Sites for Internships

Church Music internships are hosted by larger churches in the region during the summer and by local churches in the Bluefield area during the academic year. Student teaching placement occurs each semester through relationships with the school systems of Tazewell County, Virginia, and Mercer County, West Virginia.

Music Major Outcomes

Music Majors are globally aware and equipped through the development of creative thinking and problem solving strategies essential for artistic expression. Additionally, the performance of music from many cultures and international touring opportunities helps our students to genuinely appreciate a wide variety of cultural expressions.

Career Opportunities

Many Bluefield College Department of Music graduates find fulfilling careers as music educators and various opportunities in vocational ministry. This includes:

  • Accompanist
  • Director
  • High School Band Director
  • High School Choral Director
  • Music Publisher
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Music Retailer
  • Worship Leader

Positions Held by Alumni

Department of Music graduates serve in the following roles:

  • Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association
  • Director of Music, Forest Road United Methodist Church
  • Elementary Music Teacher, Hayes, Virginia
  • Graduate Writing Instructor, Liberty University
  • Director of Music, Richlands United Methodist Church
  • Choir Director, Graham High School
  • Band Director, Bluefield High School
  • Band Director, Graham High School
  • Band Director, Patrick County High School

Department of Music Ensembles

Bluefield College students have the opportunity to participate in several different performing ensembles. All ensembles are open to both Music and non-Music majors and satisfy the requirements of the Department of Music's scholarships.

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Contact Information

Charles Priest

Charles Priest
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music; Director, Instrumental Studies, Concert Band, and Community Orchestra








Dr. Tim Sharp

Class of 1974

"Bluefield College was such a wonderful choice for me as I started my college journey. The very careful and personal interest my dedicated teachers demonstrated toward me made all the difference in my ability to succeed in my course of study. Bluefield College provided both the intellectual challenge, and the nurturing support, to put me on the right course. I am very proud to claim Bluefield College as my college."

Dr. Sharp currently serves as the Executive Director American Choral Directors Association

nick-hinkleNicholas Hinkle

Class of 2015

"The Music Department at Bluefield College has not only helped to improve my performing skills as a musician, but it has added a depth of knowledge and understanding to how music is created and formed.  With the varied number of ensembles, I am able to perform in a wide variety of genres and perform works from the great composers throughout history. With my degree I plan to teach music to the next generation of music students as well as to bring glory to God in future performance opportunities.  With the skills that I am obtaining at Bluefield College, the doors for my musical career are wide open."