Music Major Overview
The Music Majors at Bluefield College will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. 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. The music major may elect a concentration in Church Music, Applied Music (vocal or piano, pedagogy), General Music with Teacher Licensure, or General Music without Teacher Licensure. A music minor is also available. No minor is required with a music major although 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. Students whose concentration is Applied Music are required to complete practicums through the Bluefield College Fine Arts Community School in lieu of an internship.
Common Sites for Internships
Church music internships are hosted by larger churches in the region during the summer, or 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. A new partnership has been established with the Asian Christian College of Music in Kerala, India, which will be providing an opportunity for Bluefield College Music Department graduates for one-year appointments as assistant faculty members.
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.
Many Bluefield College Music Department graduates find fulfilling careers as music educators and various opportunities in vocational ministry. Other opportunities include:
Private Studio Teacher
Positions Held by Alumni
Music Department graduates serve in the following roles:
Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association
Director of Bands, Bland County High Schools
Elementary Music Teacher, Hayes, Virginia
Elementary Music Teacher, Tazewell, Virginia
Graduate Writing Instructor, Liberty University, Tazewell, Virginia
Performer, U. S. Army Band
Worship Pastor, Christian Freedom Baptist Church
Director of Music, Richlands United Methodist Church
Minister of Music, Marion Baptist Church
Director of Music, Forest Road United Methodist Church
Private Voice Teacher, Bluefield, VA
Music Department Ensembles
Bluefield College students have the opportunity to participate in 9 different performing ensembles. All ensembles are open to all students regardless of their major and all ensembles satisfy the requirements of the Music Department scholarships. View the music department ensembles.
Assistant Professor of Music; Chair, Music Department
Dr. Tim Sharp
Class of 1974
"Bluefield College was such a wonderful choice for me as I started by 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
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."