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Reinhardt Career and Professional Development Services

Reinhardt offers a Bachelor of
Arts in Sacred Music through the School of Music. The Sacred Music program prepares students to direct church music programs including youth, adult, and handbell choirs and praise groups.


Are You Ready To...

• Study music theory

• Complete juries every year

• Become familiar with various styles and types of music

• Develop your directing skills and lead groups of performers

• Work with many different kinds of people

It Helps To Be...

• Musical, spiritual, and creative. You'll thrive if you enjoy juggling multiple roles. Most sacred music programs prepare students to serve as a congregation's performer, conductor, teacher, sacred-music expert, and arranger/composer.

• Able to accept constructive criticism

• Open-minded

• A quick and efficient learner

• Able to creatively interpret music


Work Environment

Instrumental and teaching musicians work long hours. Practices and rehearsals usually are held during the day; performances often are evenings and weekends. They may be required to lift and carry instruments and accessories weighing up to 10 kilograms. Electronic audio and related equipment may weigh considerably more.


Knowledge Base

Your classes will introduce you to music theory, instrument training, music history, and various other courses that will broaden your horizons and expand your musical taste and knowledge. You will be properly prepared to perform or teach music in any kind of environment or situation.

Employment Websites

American Federation of Musicians

American Symphony Orchestra League

American Composers Alliance

American Choral Directors Association

What Can I Do with A Degree in Sacred Music?

The haunting wail of a Jewish cantor's song. The hushed beauty of a medieval Catholic hymn. The body-swaying rhythm of an African-American gospel tune. The excited music that a Sufi Dervish dances to, spinning in circles toward an ever deeper connection with Allah. Every religious creed, it seems, has instinctively known music's power to transform souls. Not simply entertainers, musicians work hand-in-hand with clergy to guide congregations in praise and worship.

If you have strong spiritual leanings, love studying music, and want to help others, a major in sacred music may be a good fit for you.

Students of sacred music learn about the history, theory, writing, and performance of religious music. They may also prepare for careers as choir directors, cantors, organists, and chanters.

Related Careers

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Assistant Band Director


Background Music Designer




Educational Program Specialist


Music Engineer/Mixer

Film/Music Director/Editor

Instrument Manufacturer

Instrument Technician

Marketing Assistant

Music Director

Music Equipment Sales Representative

Music Publicist

Music Software Developer

Music Therapist

Orchestra Librarian

Orchestra Manager


Project Coordinator

Public Relations Specialist

Recording Technician

School Band Director

Special Events Coordinator

Studio Musician

Talent Agent

Technical Writer


Potential Employers

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Entertainment Companies

Board of Education

Orchestras and Bands

Media Firms

Music and Film Studios

Performing Arts Centers

The Atlanta Opera

Music and Video Stores

Piano Tuning Companies

Music Industry Associations

Production Companies

Music Therapy Centers

Public Relations Firms

Publishing Firms

Advertising Agencies

Law Firms


Booking and Talent Agencies


Colleges and Universities

Media Firms
Elementary and Secondary Schools

Music and Film Studios

Religious Institutions


• Visit the Career & Professional Development Services department in the Hasty Student Life Building and explore your career and intern potentials through CCN, FOCUS and CANDID Careers/Perfect Interview programs
• Earn good grades - grades are an indicator of technical competence in accounting and of a person's work ethic
• Seek as many performance opportunities as possible
• Connect with other musicians to form ensembles
• Be willing to supplement professional performance career with other types of work

Campus Contacts

Dr. Fredrick Tarrant
Dean, School of Performing Arts
Office: 770-720-9221