Music: General

JBU offers a B.S. or B.A in general music with concentrations in voice, piano, organ, string, wind or percussion instruments. The music curriculum offers a balance of private applied studies, public performance and ensemble experience with coursework in music theory and history. The general music program allows students to easily double major.

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Find out what our students and professor have to say about studying music at JBU.

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

Six Reasons to Study Music: General at JBU

Reason #1

Enjoy Fantastic Facilities

Students have access to the labs, practice rooms and performance areas in the Berry Performing Arts Center, including Steinway concert grand pianos, the computer-MIDI lab and the Yamaha keyboard lab.

Make Great Music

Six Reasons to Study Music: General 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: General 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: General 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, of course, all the best practices and techniques you’ve learned in class.

Gain Performance Experience

Six Reasons to Study Music: General at JBU

Reason #5

Gain Performance Experience

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

Graduate With Experience

Six Reasons to Study Music: General at JBU

Reason #6

Graduate With Experience

Become an accompanist for JBU’s theater department, sectional rehearsals, Women’s Chorus or community theaters. Or become the music librarian for JBU’s Music Department.

Dr. Jan Wubbena

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Dr. 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!

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

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Jen Edwards

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Jen Edwards

Assistant Professor of Worship Arts

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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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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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Kristen Landrum ’12

Kristen Landrum ’12

Piano teacher & graduate student at Southern Methodist University

“JBU gave me all the skills necessary for me to prepare to enter graduate school. I would not have passed my audition or entrance exams without the amazing education I received from my professors. A year before I graduated, they were helping me prepare for graduate school, answering questions about the application process and how to balance life as a professional.” After Kristin receives her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, she and her husband hope to open a music school.