For Anna Holmberg '13, taking applied music at John Brown University means more than playing the piano or taking voice lessons. “It gives me a deeper understanding of theory, performance and artistry,” she says. “I can see a huge difference in the way I now approach, study and perform music.”
Applied music is designed to prepare students for careers in performance, studio teaching or for a graduate level study in performance. The program is tailored for ambitious, achievement-oriented students with high musical aspirations.
Professors are dedicated to supporting students and providing constructive feedback for students. Each student’s performances and public music presentations will be recorded from their freshman year to their final senior presentation. This performance portfolio documents progress and is presented to students upon graduation.
Applied music students have the opportunity to experience the performing arts Artist series on campus. The Artist series brings musicians and performing artists to campus for special performances and students have the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from artists. Through a variety of performance opportunities offered both on and off campus, students will gain professional exposure and feedback.
Each year voice majors compete at the state competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Arkansas, and JBU consistently has finalists. Piano majors participate in duo-piano concerts and become members of the Music Teacher’s National Association.