College of Performing Arts

College of Performing Arts

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HMHS Carielian University College of Performing Arts

This College of Performing Arts promotes a liberal arts education that provides the humanistic, ethical, social, critical, and aesthetic background essential to personal development and professional excellence. Studies in literature, philosophy, history, social sciences, arts, and languages, foster in students a deeper understanding of themselves and the complex world in which they live.

Through their work in the Liberal Arts, students refine skills in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, learning to communicate with greater clarity and effectiveness. This program equips them to become active, well-informed citizens; develops their awareness of the social and humanistic dimensions of professional work; and lays the basis for a fulfilling cultural and intellectual life.  Refer to HMHS CU’s Liberal Arts Program for the core degree curriculum.

Music Department

The HMHS Carielian University Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), seeks to produce leaders in the musical arts who will have influence in homes, churches, private studios, educational institutions, and on the concert stage. While developing the their musical talents of our students, we seek to provide a spiritual worldview and understanding of the musical arts.

What will I study?

  • Music Theory and Musicianship
  • Music Ensembles
  • Conducting Basics
  • Intro to Composition
  • Worldview and Aesthetics of Musical Culture
  • Pedagogy for Principal Instrument
  • History of Music
  • Performance Practice
  • Private Lessons in Principal Instrument

What can I do with a degree in music?

  • Education
  • Church Music Director/Worship Leader
  • Music in Missions
  • Songwriter/Composer/Arranger
  • Music Therapy
  • Solo or Ensemble Performer
  • Administration
  • Ensemble Director/Conductor
  • Music Historian
  • Music Technology
  • Collaborative Pianist/Accompanist

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is the gateway to all other degree programs. The following is the Core Music Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Music:

The Core Music Curriculum

The undergraduate core music curriculum at HMHS Carielian University College for Performing Arts is comprised of courses in arranging, conducting, ear training, harmony, tonal harmony and counterpoint, and music technology. These subjects are the foundation of educational offerings in music, and the entering student proficiency assessment and Introduction to Music Technology exam are designed to assess every entering student’s knowledge base in each of these core curriculum fields.

The results of the proficiency assessment and Introduction to Music Technology exam allow students the appropriate first-semester arranging, ear training, harmony, and music technology courses. After successful completion of courses in these initial areas, students move on to additional studies in conducting and tonal harmony and counterpoint.


Each of the courses in the arranging curriculum for entering students explores different arranging concepts and techniques, guides students in refining and enhancing arranging abilities, and provides opportunities for creating musical arrangements in various styles of contemporary popular music.

Arranging Core Curriculum

Ear Training

The goal of the ear training core curriculum is to help music students master the basic components of musical craft; to assist music readers in hearing the music they are seeing; to aid writers in notating music they have composed or arranged; to help performers develop their musical vocabulary; and to assist listeners in understanding the music they are hearing.

Ear Training Core Curriculum

Watch a student discuss Carielian’s ear training curriculum in the video below:


Through the completion of the harmony core curriculum, students acquire musical literacy, analytical skills, and the ability to incorporate the topics they have studied into their own music. A thorough understanding of common harmonic practice, melodic development, and the relationship between melody and harmony in contemporary styles is important. An understanding of harmony provides musicians with a rich palette for future creative choices in performing and composing.

Harmony Core Curriculum

Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

Through the successful completion of the tonal harmony and counterpoint core courses, students will be able to analyze and compose music based on harmonic and formal models from the common practice period (baroque, classical, and romantic eras of European classical music), and understand and be able to articulate how the common practice period techniques form the basis for harmony and melody in the bulk of contemporary popular music. The tonal harmony and counterpoint series provides additional context for students in their MHIS-200 level series of courses, which explore the history of music in the European tradition.

Tonal Harmony Core Curriculum

Music Technology

A demonstrated competency in music technology is integral to each student’s education. Technology plays a significant role in almost every aspect of a successful music-related career. Additionally, it is a powerful teaching and learning tool utilized in many of the courses offered at the college. Covering a broad spectrum of basic and music-related computer skills, the music technology core curriculum provides students with a strong technology foundation on which to build the necessary skills required by each major and field of interest.

Music Technology Core Curriculum


All students, regardless of major or career goals, will achieve proficiency on their principal instrument through the performance core. The performance core comprises a mix of private lessons, instrumental labs, and ensembles. Private lessons provide in-depth, individualized study of an instrument while labs give students an opportunity to workshop specialized instrumental or stylistic topics. Ensembles teach students how to play music with others, working together toward a performance.

Performance Core Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is a professional degree program for future music educators.  It has two emphases: one in instrumental and one in vocal/choral.

The Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music, another professional degree program, offers five degree paths including The Bachelor of Music in Composition, and the Bachelor of Music in Performance in organ or piano, in strings or in voice.  The Bachelor of Music in Performance may also be earned with an emphasis in Collaborative Piano.

These degrees in music offer students a wide variety in courses of study and outcomes at the conclusion of undergraduate study including preparation for careers in composition, conducting, music industry, music ministries, music performance, music therapy, and teaching.

The HMHS CU College of Performing Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Theatre Department

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and in Musical Theatre

Theatre Department offers the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and in Musical Theatre. Courses are offered in theatre history, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Practical experience is provided through the wide variety of on-campus productions. To round out their major, students often develop internships and journeyman opportunities with domestic and international theatre companies, missions or ministry venues, all under the supervision of the HMHS Carielian University Theatre Department.

It is the mission of the Theatre Department to train servant artists in the use of the art of theatre to serve their Community, their Collaborators, and their Creator. Students must interview or audition for acceptance to the theatre degree program, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The Theatre Department at HMHS CU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Why is this important?

HMHS Carielian University holds itself to a set of quality standards and is willing to allow outside theatre experts come to it’s Department of Theatre to verify that we are doing what we say we are doing. In other words, the HMHS Carielian University Department of Theatre is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) which benefits you because it ensures you will be provided a quality education and may assist you in meeting eligibility requirements for state and federal financial aid and in pursuit of graduate education.

What will I study?

  • Acting and Directing
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Musical Theatre & Dance
  • Script Analysis and Dramatic Writing
  • Theatre Ministry
  • All theatre majors take a 33-hour broad-based core of theatre courses ranging from Acting and Stagecraft to Stage Management and Directing
  • Students choose areas of specialization including Acting (BFA), Musical Theatre (BFA), Dramatic Writing (BA), Theatre Ministry (BA), or students may choose a General BA Degree in Theatre.  We also offer a Theatre Minor.

What can I do with a degree in theater?

  • On the Stage
    • Act, sing, dance, and perform!
  • Behind the Scenes
    • Design sets, lights, costumes, props, and sound
    • Be a costume shop assistant, a master electrician, and more!
    • Direct
    • Stage Manage
    • Write plays and screenplays
  • In a Theatre Company
    • Manage a theatre company
    • Be a dramaturg or literary director
    • Development Director
    • Company Manager
    • Education/Outreach director
  • In the Church
    • Worship Ministries
    • Theatre Ministry Director
  • In the Classroom
    • Theatre educator (at the primary, secondary, and college levels)

Why choose Theatre at HMHS Carielian University?

  • Every student receives hands-on training in our production season
  • Small class sizes; one-on-one attention from the professors
  • Learn your craft in a spiritual community through excellence in theatre
  • Opportunity to devise new works
  • State of the art lighting lab
  • Large and fully operational costume shop
  • Our faculty continue to work in professional theatre
  • All students are guaranteed at least one role per semester
  • First semester freshman audition and can be cast in a lead role right away

What kind of opportunities will I have in my major that will contribute toward my career?

  • Opportunities to act, stage manage, crew, and design in our production season
  • Performance students prepare a Senior Showcase that can be filmed and edited for the actor to use in a video reel
  • Hands-on training in at least 6 areas theatre production, including costuming, scene shop, house management, and lighting.
  • Student clubs such as Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honorary

What are HMHS CU’s Theatre graduates doing now? 

  • Acting (in companies off-Broadway)
  • Working Backstage and Designing
  • Teaching (all ages and settings)
  • Working in Theatre Ministry
  • Pursuing graduate degrees

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