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What does music tell us about the nature and character of God?

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Be captivated by music as you cultivate your talent and develop your skills. Music plays an important role in our worship and service to God and his church. Redeemer's Music program provides the biblical, historical, and theoretical context of music through composition, performance, theory, and history under the guidance of experienced, practicing musicians.

Music is a Bachelor of Arts degree program within the Music Department. It is offered as a major and as a minor.

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Right from the start, your classes and dedicated faculty help you build a strong foundation in theory and aural skills. Opportunities for group discussion, in-class practice, and access to space and instruments help you gain confidence and deepen your appreciation for music.

Between applied music lessons, ensemble, performance, written compositions, and classroom lectures, you are putting everything you're learning into practice.

Music The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Worship leaders have a deeper sense of beauty when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Musicians who understand marketing trends and are effective collaborators are more successful in their business ventures.
  • Composers can communicate with poignancy when they understand the psyche of their audience.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

Learning spaces are designed with the unique needs of the music program in mind such as sound-proofing, acoustics, staged seating, instruments and other equipment. This provides a conducive learning environment for courses like Conducting, Music in Culture, World Music, and Philosophy of Music in the Church.

Beyond the Classroom

Have access to a baby grand piano, 26-stop Baroque organ and a harpsichord in the music practice rooms.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s music program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Micah Van Dijk '05

is a venue manager, as well as a gifted public speaker on popular music and culture.

Kristin Serrick '10

is an assistant director and music teacher at a large performing arts academy. She runs the department and teaches 70+ private music students a week.

Alumni have gone on to careers as...

  • Venue managers
  • Composers/arrangers
  • Festival/event coordinators
  • Music teachers
  • Music therapists
  • Recording musicians
  • Worship coordinators

Alumni have done further studies to earn...

  • MA in Music and Culture
  • MA in Music Composition
  • MA in Music Theory
  • MA in Popular Music
  • MM in Music Education

Want to know more about Redeemer’s Music program?

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Music Stories

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More Than a Course for Credit

Jason Chan'20 describes the lessons learned, friendships made and beauty experienced during his time as a Redeemer Concert Choir member.

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Strumming Through the Dark: Music, Faith and a Global Pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, Redeemer's music department shares stories of grief, resilience and the healing power of a hymn.

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Magnificent Music

Over the summer, Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen performed and taught on some of the most important historic organs in Europe’s “organ garden.”

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The Best of Bach

Redeemer’s Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen serves as a juror in the prestigious Boston Bach International Organ Competition.

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Four Sisters, Four Alumni, Four Professions

Sisters and alumni — Elise, Maria, Carola and Loretta Vanderspek — have careers that span the professional sphere: an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor and a teacher.

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From Music to Medicine

Freshly designated medical doctor Kristin VanSligtenhorst switched majors in her first year at Redeemer and hasn’t looked back.

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Singing into Missions

Modern hymn composer and recording artist Keith Getty talks worship as a call to mission in Hamilton worship leaders workshop.

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O Come Let Us Adore Him!

Nearly 500 spectators experience an evening of Christmas music performed by faculty and students of Redeemer’s music department.

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Redeemer Concert Choir sings at Parliament

Choir gives impromptu concert at Parliament during last leg of 2016 tour

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