Music Performance: Instrumental

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Credits | Completion Time tooltip-icon

129 | 4 years

Course Length

16 weeks (semester)

Delivery Method

Traditional, On Campus at Lancaster, PA

Why Study Instrumental Performance at LBC?

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. Our Instrumental Performance program is available for keyboard, percussion, strings, winds and brass players who seek an intensive study on their major instrument. 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. Our large ensembles strive to offer you the opportunity of rehearsing and performing “side by side” with local professionals, creating a unique apprenticeship experience, as well as real life preparation for the professional world.

Moreover, our students get the 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.

Instrumental Performance Program Cost & Financial Aid

Where LBC Students Have Interned

  • Rehearsal Accompanist and Conductor for a Regional Theater Company
  • Staff Accompanist and Arranger for a Touring Theater Company
  • Percussionist for a Touring Country Western Band


Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy

Other Music Performance Studies Available

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Bachelor's Program Scope

Music Performance: Instrumental (129 Credits)

Bible & Theology Core 33 Credits

Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits

Music Courses 58 Credits

LBC 100 Foundations Seminar 1 Credit

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

The Trust Performing Arts Center.
Music Performance is a Hands-On Experience

Students in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department explain why our music degree means so much them as believers and artists.

Program Distinctive - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Learn and study under widely-renowned musicians, experienced instructors and long-time performers.
  • Integrate your Christian faith and calling with your God-given musical abilities.
  • Perform in our on-campus ensembles, at historic venues and alongside world-class, visiting musicians.
  • Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
Career Paths in Instrumental Performance

The Instrumental Performance program prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Accompanist
  • Church Worship Leader
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Orchestral Musician
  • Private Music Teacher/Instructor
  • Performer
  • Soloist
  • Songwriter
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Demonstrate basic musicianship skills in sight-singing, dictation, conducting, voice, and piano.
  • Describe and demonstrate the integration of biblical faith in life and career as artists.
  • Apply historical and theoretical understanding to the analysis, performance, and creation of musical forms, processes, and structures found in representative examples from the western music tradition.
  • Demonstrate professional skills on a primary instrument.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the important composers and their works for a primary instrument.
Core Courses for a Instrument Student
  • MUS 100 Music Fundamentals
  • MUL 100 Piano Fundamentals
  • MUL 101 Piano Lab I
  • MWP 102 Intro to Music, Worship, & the Performing Arts
  • MWP 400 MWPA Cross Cultural Externship
  • MUS 101 Music Theory I
  • MUS 101L Musicianship I Lab
  • MUS 102 Music Theory II
  • MUS 102L Musicianship II Lab
  • MUS 211 Introduction to Composition
  • MUS 211L Musicianship Lab III
  • MUS 301 Music Theory IV: Adv. Harmony
  • MUS 301L Musicianship Lab IV
  • MUS 330, 331, or 332
  • ENS Ensemble
  • MAP Applied Vocal/Instrumental Study
  • MAP 100 MPWA Forum
  • MUL 102 Piano Lab II
  • MUS 221 Conducting I
  • MPD 305 Pedagogical Methods for Music Instruction
  • MPR 311 Instrumental Repertoire I
  • MPR 312 Instrumental Repertoire II
  • MPR 399 Junior Recital
  • MPR 401 Performance Career Seminar
  • MPR 499 Senior Recital
  • MWP 301 Worship & Performing Arts Internship I
  • MWP 302 Worship & Performing Arts Internship II
  • MWP 450 Worship and Performing Arts Practicum
  • MPD/MUS/MUE Elective

Meet the Instrumental Program Faculty

Timothy Sidebothom, PhD
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
Paul Thorlakson, DMA
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
Doris Hall-Gulati, MM
Part-time Faculty, Director of Instrumental Studies. Director of LBC Orchestra
Brent Behrenshausen, MM
Adjunct Faculty- Percussion
Kendra Bigley, MM
Adjunct Faculty- Piano
John Hamilton, MM
Adjunct Faculty-Strings (Violin, Viola)
Chris Keeney, BMus
Adjunct Faculty - Guitar
Jake Huber
Adjunct Professor
Tara Kenkelen, BA
Adjunct Faculty - Strings (violin, LBC Orchestra Concertmaster)
Frank Dodd
Adjunct Faculty - Organ, Staff Accompanist
Kimberly Buchar Nolet, DMA
Adjunct Faculty - Woodwinds (bassoon)
Admission Steps
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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.

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