Top School for Music in Oregon

In Corban’s music program, you’ll be equipped to perform with excellence as you use your musical talents to enrich the world around you and reflect God’s creativity.

As a Corban music major, you’ll develop your musical skills, professional knowledge, and understanding of music theory, literature, history, and performance. You will also build a strong biblical foundation that equips you to serve your world effectively and represent Christ in life, ministry, and careers such as:

  • Music Teacher
  • Worship Pastor/Leader
  • Accompanist
  • Composer
  • Music Manager
  • Music Therapist


The music curriculum begins with a common core of courses for all music majors, and then specialized major coursework meets each student’s needs and interests. You’ll gain practical experience through performances, internships, travel opportunities, classroom field experiences, and other projects.

Choose from two concentrations:

You can also earn a music minor.

Learn from Experts

Corban’s music major is led by Dr. Mark Stanek, Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Stanek also directs the Corban University Chamber Orchestra and is an active orchestra adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the state. Prior to coming to Corban, Dr. Stanek studied with Claude Monteux, son of the legendary Pierre Monteux, along with serving as the conductor of the Kokomo Symphony and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. He has also served as the cover conductor for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to full-time faculty, Corban partners with over 20 music professionals in the Salem area who offer private lessons in students’ selected area of performance, from voice to piano, percussion to brass, and more.

Musicianship Core

Corban’s rigorous music program requires each music major to pass a Musicianship Core by the end of their sophomore year. To pass the Musicianship Core, the student must have:

1. Piano Proficiency: The student must demonstrate their proficiency on a piano keyboard, ideally by the end of the second year as a music major. Students learn these skills by taking keyboard classes or private piano lessons.

2. Applied Music Studies: The student must pass an advancement jury to be admitted to 300-level applied study in the primary instrument.

3. Ensemble Participation: The student must participate satisfactorily in at least one large ensemble (choir/band/orchestra) every semester.

4. Music Theory/Aural Skills: The student must complete MUS 223: Music Theory IV and MUS 221AS: Aural Skills IV with passing grades.

5. Grades: The student must have a grade point average above 2.0 and must have grades of C- or better in all music courses.