Degrees & Programs of Study

The Townsend School of Music fosters excellence in musical learning within the context of a comprehensive university environment. Undergraduate and graduate studies prepare musicians for careers in performance, music education, church music and musical scholarship.

Undergraduate Studies

The school is committed to providing comprehensive music degrees that nurture competent, creative, and successful musicians. Students enjoy numerous solo performance opportunities, main stage productions, ensemble concert tours, and chamber music experiences in an artistic environment. With small class sizes and a dynamic performance faculty, the Townsend School of Music will assist you in reaching your goal of becoming a musical artist. Undergraduate degrees are awarded in the Bachelor of Music in Performance (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.).

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TSM undergraduate course descriptions.

Graduate Studies

The school prepares musical artists for professional careers in performance, conducting and church music through The Townsend-McAfee Institute: Graduate Studies in Church Music. 

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TSM graduate course descriptions.

Instrumental Studies

The Instrumental Music Program provides a rich and varied music experience for the college instrumentalist. Instrumental ensembles include the Mercer University Wind Ensemble, Mercer University Jazz Ensemble, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Horn Quartet, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Steele Drum Band, Saxophone Quartet and Woodwind Quintet.

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Keyboard Studies

Within the keyboard area, students experience a multitude of opportunities in both solo and collaborative experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. The school embraces the ideal of student-faculty engagement by structuring small classes which reinforce personal interaction between students and faculty.

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All students interested in majoring in music must audition for the Townsend School of Music and all students who audition are considered for scholarships. Auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The appropriate area music faculty members will hear the audition. It is not necessary for instrumentalists to bring an accompanist to on-campus auditions. An accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions. Instrumental auditions will include a short sight-reading excerpt on the chosen instrument. The Auditioner will also be asked to take a short musicianship exam as part of the audition process.

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The Mercer University Townsend School of Music is pleased to announce the availability of music scholarships for incoming students who plan to major in music. Qualified non-music majors may also audition for instrumental ensemble music scholarships. Music scholarships are available for students with outstanding talent in the areas of piano, harpsichord, voice, organ, composition, guitar, winds, strings and percussion. These scholarships are competitive and are awarded by audition. 

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