Music is one of Morningside's greatest traditions. The Department of Music continues a tradition that began more than 100 years ago with the founding of the Morningside Conservatory of Music. It has been a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936. Today, extensive training and experience in music is offered to students wishing to prepare for professional careers in performance and teaching, and to those who simply value the importance of music in their lives.
The purpose of the Morningside College Music Department is to educate and prepare students who intend to pursue a career in music, to provide opportunities for all students to cultivate a life-long appreciation of music, to model and teach ethical leadership for musicians, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of the Morningside experience and the community.
The Department of Music offers three degree programs; (1) the Bachelor of Arts in Music, which provides a flexible program for students seeking careers related to music; (2) the Bachelor of Music, designed for students aspiring to become performing artists or college-level teachers of performance; and (3) the Bachelor of Music Education, designed for students who wish to teach music in elementary or secondary public or private schools. All three programs prepare students for further graduate study. Morningside College also offers a Minor in Music.
Students majoring in subjects other than music are encouraged to enhance their musical development through participation in ensembles, private study, and courses offered by the Department of Music.