School of Music recognized as one of the country’s top 25 programs

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Lipscomb University’s School of Music has been recognized as one of the top in the country by, which recently released its list of the top 25 programs in the country.

In addition to Lipscomb’s School of Music, housed in the George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts, other institutions on the top 25 list include The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music among others.

“We are honored to be included on this list of the top music programs in the country,” said Mike Fernandez, dean of Lipscomb’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts. “Being included in the listing with some of the most prestigious institutions is a reflection of the quality of Lipscomb’s program as well as the strength of our new initiatives and of our faculty. We are preparing our students to be successful in the workplace once they leave our campus.”

school of music_1The article noted that each institution included on the list is “highly reputable within the music field, offering a variety of programs with affiliated successful professors and alumni, making ranking challenging.” The organization considered overall reputation, acceptance rate, diversity of programs offered and success of alumni in its listing.

“The past year has been an exciting one for the School of Music with huge overall growth, new ensembles and our partnership with the Sound Emporium and so much more,” said Charlie Peacock, Grammy Award-winning and founding director of the university’s contemporary music program. “Inclusion on this list though is a reflection of our dedicated faculty and years of their hard work building the music program, giving it the forward momentum it has today.”

According to this ranking is considered from the student’s point of view, taking items in education that would be important to students.

This is the latest honor for Lipscomb University’s School of Music. Earlier this month, Fernandez was selected as a member of Leadership Music’s Class of 2018. Fernandez is one of 49 industry leaders from across the country selected for Leadership Music’s 29th class. In May, Lipscomb University was given the historic Sound Emporium, one of Nashville’s vibrant recording studios for nearly 50 years, to provide valuable experiences and resources for students in the School of Music.

Lipscomb’s School of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in composition, instrumental performance, piano performance, vocal performance, contemporary music, music teaching-instrumental, music teaching-voice/general; Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and interdisciplinary major in worship ministry; and a Bachelor of Science degree in music.

Lipscomb University’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts is the fastest-growing college in the university, with undergraduate degrees in cinematic arts, fashion and design, contemporary and classical music, theater and dance, and visual arts. Graduate programs include Master of Arts degrees in film and creative media, Master of Fine Arts degrees in film and creative media with writer and director tracks and a Master of Fine Arts/Master of Business Administration blended degree. With training from artists-in-residence like Steve Taylor, Charlie Peacock and others, the CEA provides a real world experience where students are inspired to create what’s next for the marketplace. 

The mission of Lipscomb University's George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts is to be a Christ-centered, innovative, entrepreneurial arts community committed to rigorous artistic training, creative collaboration and professional growth that seeks to train the next generation of believer artists who seek to uplift, challenge and entertain culture through their art. For more information visit