Corban Music Program FAQ

Corban Music Program FAQ

In light of the recent changes to Corban’s music department, including the elimination of the music performance concentration and the new designation of worship arts as a ministry degree, here are frequently asked questions for current and prospective music students as you plan your educational journey.

What values does the music program espouse?

Our values are clearly established and visible through a number of venues. These include Character, Competence, and Christ. We expect that all members of the Corban community will exhibit character that reflects biblical values, develop competence in both their chosen discipline and in the broader liberal arts, and reflect their commitment to and saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is the difference between the general music degree and the music performance degree (which was eliminated)?

The primary difference is that the music performance degree included a junior and senior recital and required one-hour private lessons. The general music degree does not require recitals and only requires students to take half-hour private lessons. However, general music students can give elective recitals and do a recital as their final project. There are other slight differences, but the flexibility of the general music degree allows it to be crafted in such a way as to be practically identical to the performance degree.

Are there any changes to the music education major?

Music education will remain in place, with an additional option for successfully completing the work needed for a K-12 music credential in the state of Oregon. In addition to our current music education undergraduate degree (which is in essence a music degree with education components), a student may choose to complete a four-year general music degree and then complete the GTL (Graduate Teachers Licensure) program in order to qualify for music education licensure. Both paths will be open to continuing and new students.

Dr. Mark Stanek will serve as the primary faculty member for the music education program. In addition, a number of highly qualified adjuncts have been and will continue to teach in the Music Education program in the areas of methods courses.

What is happening with the worship arts major?

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the worship arts program will undergo a thorough review. An advisory group of Salem and Portland area worship leaders will be consulted in the process. Any changes made to the Worship Arts program will reflect the needs of the 21st century church while maintaining our commitment to the rich heritage of Christian worship through the centuries.

Who will be the academic advisor for worship arts students?

As the worship arts major transitions to the Ministry Department, Dr. Greg Trull, Dean of the School of Ministry, will serve as the advisor for worship arts students. He can be contacted at

Will students be able to finish their music degrees in the way they intended when they enrolled at Corban?

We are required, by our accreditor, to provide you with the program outlined in the catalog under which you entered. If we cannot fulfill that program of study for you, we are required to provide teach-out partners who will allow you to complete the program without additional requirements or time. So, if you have one year left, any approved teach-out partner must be able to offer you transfer and completion in one year.

Who are the teach-out partners students may utilize to complete the music performance concentration?

Corban is partnering with Cedarville University and George Fox University to help existing music performance students complete their degree on time. They also have the option to remain at Corban, where they will be supported in the completion of their degree.

Will there be changes in music scholarships?

All current music scholarships will be honored. Future music scholarships (Fall 2021 and beyond) will be addressed during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Will you be hiring new faculty, especially for music ensembles? What will this process look like?

All faculty at Corban, whether full-time or part-time, go through a rigorous interview process. This includes an interview covering their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and their theological fit with Corban University. Corban is firmly committed to a discipleship model of education, and this is a cornerstone of the hiring process. We want people who are both excellent in their craft and committed to the Lordship of Christ.

We are currently in the process of hiring faculty to direct band, jazz band, and the choir ensembles. Dr. Mark Stanek will continue to direct the orchestra ensemble.

Concert Choir will absolutely be maintained and offered this Fall since it is a required ensemble for music majors with voice as their primary instrument. It is our plan to maintain and offer Chamber Choir this fall as well. Since Chamber Choir is an elective ensemble and not required for scholarships, it will only be offered if the new Concert Choir director is available to take on this additional responsibility.

Will traditional music events such as the Hymn Festival and Christmas concerts continue?

The Hymn Festival and Christmas concerts (and all concerts) will depend on State and county requirements in place at the time of the scheduled concert. Marion County would need to move to Phase 3 in order for us to be able to hold these events in the same way we have in the past. We will be reevaluating all campus events and performances in relation to the government regulations in place at the time.

Will there be changes to private music lessons?

There will be no changes to private music lessons.

Will course requirements for the music minor change?

Not at this time. If changes come, they will not affect current students or students who enter in Fall 2020.