The Most Intensive Music Degree

Develop your musical gifts at Belhaven. The Bachelor of Music in Performance provides a reputable, focused foundation for a lifetime of performance.

This program is the most musically intensive Bachelor’s degree and is geared towards students who desire serious preparation for further study. In addition to the standard music core, there are additional performance related courses, including two recitals and chamber ensemble, and orchestra.

This is your opportunity and we're ready to help you to the next level.

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National Accreditation

Belhaven University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  

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Uplifting & Encouraging

Why You’ll Love Music Performance at Belhaven

Caring & Expert Faculty

​​​Learn from gifted instructors who teach from experience and lead with compassion. Pursue your God given talents as the faculty challenge you to grow through a collaborative and balanced program.

Fulfilling Careers

The opportunities for a lifetime of performing are abundant.

Inspirational Internships

Opportunity abounds. Teach private lessons, serve with local churches, perform with Opera Mississippi or the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Christian Worldview

You are challenged to think critically and analytically about who God is — and who you are — as we equip you to fulfill your calling to glorify God and be a blessing to the world.

Successful Alumni

Belhaven grads are performing with orchestras and ensembles across the country


Showcase your work through concerts and recitals open to the public

Honors Program

Challenge yourself to pursue deeper knowledge and excellence with peers and professors.

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A Celebrated Haven for Arts Education

Only 39 universities in the U.S. are accredited in all major arts. Belhaven is one. That means master classes, great performances, and national competitions. When you study art, dance, music, or theatre here, you’re earning a degree from a nationally recognized school for the arts.

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B.M.P. with Strings: What You'll Learn

When you choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in music at Belhaven,​​ you get the personalized instruction through one-on-one interactions with your professors that allow you to grow academically and artistically.

We take a Christ-centered, collaborative, community approach to music. Through coursework, we emphasize the importance of a biblical worldview and how it applies to music.

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Music Scholarships

In addition to our Visit Scholarship, you can supplement your financial aid award with an academic scholarship from Belhaven's School of the Arts!

To qualify, you must be accepted for admission, submit your high school GPA and test scores, and complete your FAFSA. When you schedule a personal visit or attend an Arts Discover Day, we'll assess your scholarship potential when you audition with one of our music professors.

It's time to make a joyful noise, so let's get started!

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Majoring in Music: What You Need to Know

For music majors, the audition gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your musical talents, converse with music faculty about your interests, and explore opportunities and possibilities for studying music at Belhaven.

These audition “conversations” are best accomplished in person, but a “virtual audition” is equally acceptable.

  • Performance and internships with Opera Mississippi
  • Performance with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
  • Music competitions
  • Performance and Internships in local churches
  • Teaching private lessons for church and school programs
  • Participation in professional arts organizations
  • Concert production experience

You do not need to be a music major to participate in these ensemble/program opportunities. We welcome students from all studies to develop and enjoy their God-given talents!

Voted one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, the Singing Christmas is the epitome of Belhaven's collaborative and communal spirit. Students, faculty, staff, several departments, and community members join to present a heart-warming performance of Christmas music.

The Music Department presents a variety concerts and recitals which are open to the public free of charge.

​University clubs are great ways to get involved in campus community and grow your skills, whether you join a music club or one of the many organizations outside of the School of Music.

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The Belhaven Advantage

Fuel your academic passions and expand your career options. Belhaven offers our freshmen a unique deal: double major, and we’ll pay the tuition if you need a fifth year in school. Double major in two arts programs, pair a business degree with a STEM major … the possibilities are endless!

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Meet the Director

Mr. Song Xie

Professor of Music (Violin/Viola/Chamber music ), Director of string area, Conductor of BU Symphony Orchestra


Contact Us

Office of Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

For campus visit:
Jimmy Hood Welcome Center
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13