Training Instrumentalists to Be Instruments of God
Learn how to use your musical gifts to bring Him glory – no matter where you’re performing. We firmly believe that God gave us our talents, abilities and the arts as a way to express His creativity and love. The Bible is full of people playing music, showing us how God used – and still uses – music to move hearts. So whether you play for an audience of one or for a full house, we’re dedicated to training you to be the best performer and disciple of Christ that you can be.
Through a blend of classes focused on all aspects of musicianship, theory and technique that seamlessly integrate a biblical worldview, you’ll learn about much more than just music performance – you’ll learn about the life-transforming truths of the gospel. Select your instrument of choice and study piano performance, flute performance, harp performance, trombone performance, clarinet performance, violin performance, guitar performance, percussion performance and much more! We pride ourselves on the fact that our students regularly interact with, learn about and perform diverse genres of music, equipping them to become excellent instrumentalists in any number of performance settings.
Our instrumental performance major is unique for a number of reasons – our students begin performing in their first year of study, participate in weekly music performance forums, perform in solo recitals their junior and senior years, and have ample opportunities to perform outside of the college thanks to LBC’s relationships with a number of well-respected arts organizations.
Moreover, our students get chance to study under professionals working in the music industry and learn from experienced professors who are also active performers. If you want to go to a college full of Christians that will push you to become a fully-committed follower of Christ and an excellent performer, consider applying to Lancaster Bible College.
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” – Psalm 105:2
Students explain why our music degree means so much them as believers and artists.
Timothy Sidebothom, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
“While Desmond Tutu is credited with saying: ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.’ God’s Word clearly taught us first that our role as Christ-followers and musicians is not neutral in the present, the past or the future, but we first need to know where we’ve been (through studying history) so we best know where we’re going!” – Dr. SidebothomRead Bio
Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies – Drew University, Madison, NJ
M.M. in Church Music/Organ – Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
B.M. in Church Music/Organ – Houghton College, Houghton, NY
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away: behold, the new is come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul Thorlakson, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Director of LBC Orchestra, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
“I think of faithful music making in much the same way as Eric Liddell felt about his athletic pursuits: ‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, When I run I feel God’s pleasure.’ When I perform music to the Glory of God, I sense in His pleasure in the pursuit of artistic excellence.” — Dr. ThorlaksonRead Bio
D.M.A. in Piano, Theor, and Conducting – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M.C.M. – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
B.Mus. in Piano Performance – The University of Toronto, Canada
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:16
Rachel Sidebothom, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Director of Chamber Ensembles, Associate Chair of MWPA
“I believe music is an eternal gift given to us by God to glorify Him and encourage and edify one another. What greater profession can one have than training students of all ages to know, understand, develop, and use this gift!” — Mrs. SidebothomRead Bio
M.M.E. – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S. in Bible – Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 115:1
Robert Bigley, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Choral Studies and Chorale & Chamber Singers, Interim Director of Musical Theatre Studies, Director of Arts and Culture Series
“God has entrusted each of us with talents (Mt. 25:14–30). Your job is to invest those talents in such a way that they develop into skill, which God will ultimately use for His glory (Ps. 33:3). My job as a professor is to help you do that (1 Chr. 15:22).” — Dr. BigleyRead Bio
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.Mus. in Conducting-Choral and Orchestral – The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
B.Mus. in Music Media and Industry – The University of Miami, Miami, FL
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” – Psalm 37:3
Bruce Gerlach, D.M.A.
“In my joy, I’ve joined the dance of Union with the Three in One” – from the hymn “Union With the Three in One”– Dr. GerlachRead Bio
D.M.A. in Conducting, Theory and Organ – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M.Mus. in Composition – West Chester University, West Chester, PA
B.S. in Music Education – The Kings College, New York City, NY
Kendra Bigley, B.Mus.
Adjunct Faculty, Staff Pianist Coordinator
“One is not a pianist because they play the piano; rather, one plays the piano because they are a pianist.”Read Bio
B.Mus. – Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23
Elements of music including melody, counterpoint, harmony, and tonality are studied. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in beginning analytical and practical applications.
Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic performance, analysis and dictation for the basis of ear training and sight singing in this course designed as a concurrent laboratory experience with MUS 101 Music Theory I. Technology for the twenty-first century is included with instruction in its application to music education, performance, and production. Finale basics are taught.
A foundational understanding of a biblical theology of worship is introduced. Additionally, an overview of the art of worship from early Christian times through the current post-modern trends is included. Practical implications for worship situations in today’s church are drawn from both the biblical and historical context.
Further development of topics covered in Music Theory II including chromatic chords and modulation. Roman numerals, figured bass, and chord symbols are used in advanced analytical and practical applications.
Classical and sacred choral repertoire are examined and performed in class. Correct techniques in singing are taught with special attention being given to the application of Latin, Spanish, and Italian diction. Students learn the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Classical and sacred choral repertoire are examined and performed in class. Correct techniques in singing are taught with special attention being given to the application of French, German, and English diction.
This course offers an overview of various pedagogical methods used in studio music instruction including Suzuki, Kodaly, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk, and Kindermusic. It also reviews the use of these methods in non-traditional music classroom settings, such as children’s choirs and small group instruction. These concepts will be analyzed in light of a biblical worldview for music and music education.
This course examines music from Classicism to Romanticism, concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras.
In this course instruction is given in the concept of musical form, beginning with the phrase, and ending with the study of sonata form and the complete symphony, with all the ‘musical architectural forms’ in between.
This course examines music history from Impressionism to Modern and 21st century music concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras. A section on World Music and its influence on Western Music is included.
This course is designed to expose the student to the contrapuntal element that is present, to some degree, in all music, and to make them aware of the “forces of opposition and agreement, tension and relaxation, direction, climax and the like that operate whenever two or more voices are sounded simultaneously” (Kent Kennan).
Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic performance, analysis and dictation for the basis of ear training and sight singing in this course designed as a concurrent laboratory experience with Music Theory I. Technology for the twenty-first century is included with instruction in its application to music education, performance, and production. Finale basics are taught.
Conducting I includes the instruction of basic patterns and techniques, interpretive gestures, and rehearsal techniques. The academic environment is that of a workshop in which students conduct actual ensembles. Repertoire is varied and selected according to the student’s academic, musical, and career priorities.
1. APPLY TO LBC BY COMPLETING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION.
2. AUDITION FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO THIS MAJOR
Every student who applies to any major in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.