Music is an art that inspires and unites people wherever they live in the world. The music department at Trinity seeks to teach students to be skilled performers of music, discriminating listeners, and inspiring leaders and teachers.
The department regards music as a gift of God and as one of the primary means of bringing praise to His name. Trinity Christian College music majors have the advantage of excellent, experienced faculty members who will guide them throughout their college careers. Students also have access to Chicago’s rich and diverse musical life, including world-class symphonic, vocal, and chamber music, as well as a wealth of jazz, folk, popular, and world music performances. Trinity’s proximity to the Chicago area provides students with field study and internship opportunities in churches, performing groups, music publishing houses, and arts organizations.
After you complete general education and foundational classes in music, you will intensify your understanding of music through courses in music history, theory, conducting, and music education. Private lessons in voice, piano, and all orchestral instruments are also available on campus. As a Trinity student, you will reap the benefits of learning in Trinity’s Ozinga Chapel, which is equipped with excellent music resources, including a recital hall, rehearsal space, individual practice rooms, and a music computer lab.
The music program at Trinity will help you develop technical competency in performance, expressiveness in interpretation, and careful analysis in studying music. Our music faculty, all Christian professionals and experienced musicians, will illuminate your study of music with a Christian perspective. Trinity graduates find success as accomplished musicians through course work, private music lessons, and participation in one or more of Trinity’s ensembles: concert choir, campus choir, honors ensemble, Gospel choir, wind ensemble, jazz band, string ensemble, woodwind quintet, flute ensemble, and brass quintet.
Trinity music alumni are educated to meet high professional standards, often securing jobs before graduation. Because music is an integral part of life, a major in music at Trinity Christian College will prepare you for a wide range of vocations. Trinity alumni work in positions of leadership as music directors at churches and music teachers in schools. They also have careers as performers, clinicians, conductors, and arts managers.
The mission of the music major is to develop in students the skills of discrimination and sensitivity in listening, careful analysis in studying music, technical competence in performance, and expressiveness in interpretation while promoting abiding Christian values. The department offers a curriculum with the goal to analyze the processes and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to create and perform music.
Two music major programs are offered: the music education major (K-12) with choral or instrumental emphasis, for students who want to become certified to teach music at the elementary or secondary level; and the music major, for students who wish to pursue music careers or graduate study outside the realm of education. Students completing the music major may add a concentration in music performance, theory and composition, or church music.