Music: Applied

Applied music prepares students for professional performance, studio teaching and graduate school. From the start, students take private lessons, perform in master classes, prepare recitals, and compete in state competitions while studying music theory, music history, lyric diction and vocal pedagogy.

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Find out what our students and professors have to say about studying Applied Music at JBU.

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #1

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

Students have access to labs, practice rooms and performance areas in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

Make Great Music

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #2

Make Great Music

Join one of the many JBU music groups on campus: Cathedral Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Red Steps, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Ensemble or chapel bands.

Study Under Professionals

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #3

Study Under Professionals

In addition to the veteran professors who are incredibly talented musicians, every semester JBU invites various professional musicians to perform and conduct master classes with the students.

Produce Your Music

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #4

Produce Your Music

Notate your music in the Midi lab and record it in JBU’s state of the art recording studio with your fellow students using the best practices you learned in class.

Gain Performance Experience

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #5

Gain Performance Experience

JBU music students have innumerable opportunities to perform in recitals, master classes, musicals, concerts, competitions and fun campus activities.

Compete in Singing Competitions

Six Reasons to Study Music: Applied at JBU

Reason #6

Compete in Singing Competitions

Annually voice majors compete and advance to the finals at the state competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Jan Wubbena

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Jan Wubbena

Professor of Music

Wubbena came to JBU in 1977 after finishing his doctorate and teaching at Ferrum College. He loves the JBU students — being around them keeps him young!

D.Music.Arts., University of Colorado
M.Mus., University of Colorado
A.B., Lebanon Valley College

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Paul Whitley

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Paul Whitley

Assistant Professor of Music (piano)

Whitley holds degrees from Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, and Wheaton College. Before coming to JBU, Whitley taught at Wheaton College and Northwestern College in Iowa.

D.Mus., Northwestern University
M.Mus., New England Conservatory
B.Mus., Wheaton College

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Jen Edwards

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Jen Edwards

Assistant Professor of Worship Ministries

Thinking with and creating alongside students is one of Edwards’ greatest gifts in life. She has a passion for people, words, theology and music. She is a songwriter, worship leader, big picture thinker and a storehouse of ideas.

M.A., Denver Seminary
B.S., John Brown University

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Terri Wubbena

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Terri Wubbena

Professor of Music

Wubbena has been at JBU for nearly 40 years and has studied in Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze music education methodologies. Growing up, she thought the Lord was leading her to be a missionary. JBU is that mission field.

M.A., Sam Houston University
B.M.E., Sam Houston University

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Paul Smith

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Paul Smith

Professor of Music

Smith is dedicated to the art of music making. He also serves as director of the respected JBU Cathedral Choir which tours in Northern Ireland and throughout the U.S.

M.M., Wichita State University
B.A., Tabor College

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