Bachelors in Music – String Performance


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in String Performance is designed to equip students for advanced studies in string performance. This program will develop musicians for successful careers in varied job opportunities such as performing Artist, strings studio instructor, professional musician, educator, and church instrumentalist.

Why String Performance at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s music program emphasizes a strong foundation in theory, sight-singing, private instrumental instruction, and music history
  • Highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Music students become a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Students will complete coursework necessary to qualify for graduate degree programs
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

      What will I study?

      The String Performance program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

      • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
      • Music History
      • Essentials for Strings
      • Styles of String Performance
      • Methods I/II
      • String Literature Survey I/II
      • String Improvisation
      • String Pedagogy
      • Private Lessons
      • Music elective classes including Composition and Orchestration, Conducting, Music based Technology, etc.
      • Performance Ensembles: String Ensemble, Large String Ensemble (Pro Musica), Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


      Career Paths

      With a degree in String Performance, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

      • Private Lesson Instructor
      • Music Performance
      • Music Education
      • Music Instructor in Charter/Private School
      • Professional Musician
      • Music Director
      • Music Arranger
      • Composer
      • Church Musician


      Piano Performance and Pedagogy


      Career Paths



      Department of Music

      Arizona Christian University
      Building 2500
      1 W. Firestorm Way
      Glendale, AZ 85306

      (602) 489-5300

      [email protected]

      Academic Major Courses

      Core requirements: 30 credits
      General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
      Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
      Science w/lab: 8 credits
      Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
      Music Concentration – String Performance: 19 credits
      Free Electives: 6 credits

      Total: 126 credits


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