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Pursuing a Career in Music?

Our vision is to grow continually as a comprehensive music program, with pre-professional training opportunities, that prepares students to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church, and the world. Music majors are prepared to pursue careers in performance, music education, and music ministry.

Music students must choose one Track within the music program: Applied Music, Music Education Vocal/General, or Music Education/Instrumental. Music Education students can choose to add Grades K-12 licensure in order to be prepared to teach in public schools.

The music department produces several major concerts each year and numerous smaller programs in churches, schools, and civic organizations. The department encourages student participation in national conferences and festivals and prepares students for internships with music professionals in the community. The department frequently invites guest artists to campus for performances and workshops to enhance students’ growth as musicians and music educators.

The B.A. in Music is designed to educate students in all areas of musical arts in an academically rigorous and pre-professional environment that integrates faith, scholarship, service, and career. Our goal is to create distinctive performances and to encourage exploration of our culture through the performance of thought-provoking, challenging, as well as entertaining music.

The Music Education tracks are designed to prepare highly qualified, entry-level professional music educators. Graduates will exhibit academic and technical competence and appreciation for diverse abilities and cultures in school, community, and professional settings.

In addition, a minor in music is offered at King to allow students who are interested in studying music to participate and learn while pursuing other degrees.

Participation in some ensembles is open to all students, regardless of major.

Be an essential member of the following:

  • Symphonic Winds
  • Jazz Band
  • Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
  • King Chorale
  • Small Choral Ensemble (audition only)
  • Individual applied lessons are offered in every area (woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, piano, organ)
"The music education program at King University not only prepared me for the workplace, but it transformed me into a whole new musician. I entered the program with a passion for music, and while I left the program with that same passion, it was blossoming like never before."
Adam McCracken, 2014

Music Coursework

  • To view all required courses for a BA in Music, click here.
  • To view all required courses for a Minor in Music, click here.
  • To view course descriptions, click here.


Questions? Contact our faculty.
Shea Clay
Assistant Professor of Music
Susan Nicholson
Chair, Department of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies

Adjunct Faculty

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Instruction, Southern Oregon University
  • Master of Music in Choral Music, University of Southern California

Chris Bingham is the Director of Music Ministries (Traditional) at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol TN and hails from a long and diverse background of music education and performance. Chris has performed with some of the leading organizations in Southern California, including Bach Collegium San Diego, and La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Chris was a regular soloist and member of University of Southern California’s Chamber Choir, touring and studying with leading choral artists Jo-Michael Scheibe and Morten Lauridsen. Chris has been fortunate to engage in educational tours of Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, and Cambridge, England, as well as throughout the US. He brings this worldly approach to his pedagogy, hoping that students will find a place for themselves in the world of music performers and educators. As a professional church musician, Chris is excited to glorify God through singing and believes that we grow closer to God as we develop our musical talents and knowledge. Bachelor of Arts in Music Instruction ’10 Southern Oregon University, Master of Music in Choral Music ’12 University of Southern California.

  • B.S. Music Education, Tennessee Tech University
  • Work towards a M.M.E. at East Tennessee State University

Mr. Steven Cooper (adjunct Instrumental Music Instructor), is from Kingsport, TN and is a graduate of Sullivan Central High School, Blountville, TN (1981). Mr. Cooper received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education, K-12, from Tennessee Technological University in 1990. He studied Trumpet under Dr. Charles Decker. While working toward his BS degree Mr. Cooper marched for the Spirit of Atlanta (1981) and Cavaliers (1983) Drum and Bugle Corps, Soprano Bugle and was/is highly sought out as field show designer and trumpet instructor. Upon graduation from college Mr. Cooper taught the next 30 years for the Sullivan County School System as Middle School Band and Orchestra Director and assistant High School Band Director. Duties also included school web designer, computer/network tech coach and Astronomy Enrichment classes. Mr. Cooper retired from Sullivan County Schools in 2018 and is now adjunct at King.

Mr. Cooper is currently performing as Lead Trumpet for the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra as well as the Jonesborough Rhythm Express and Jonesborough Repertory Theater. As adjunct brass instructor at King, Mr. Cooper also performs with various King instrumental and vocal ensembles.

  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), East Tennessee State University

Eddie Dalton is an active teacher, clinician, and player based in East Tennessee. As a teacher, his duties include Director of Bands at Colonial Heights Middle School, Percussion Instructor at Milligan University, and Percussion Instructor at King University where his students are in constant demand for playing and teaching positions. He consults, writes, and conducts clinics for Marching Percussion Ensembles and adjudicates Marching Band Festivals and Contests. Eddie is also in demand as a clinician for both Concert and Jazz based Honor Bands. As a student, Eddie attended East Tennessee State University under Dr. Rande Sanderbeck. (Degree: BMED, 1995) He has also studied with Joe Morello, Mike Clark, Lewis Nash, Chester Thompson, Ed Thigpen, Jim Chapin, and Zoro the Drummer. As a player, Eddie has performed with the Charles Goodwin Orchestra (Big Band and Small Group), Rick Simerly, Jimmy Fleenor, and the Highland All-Stars as well as various Church and Civic Groups. He is currently focusing on his role as a leader and drummer with his Big Band, the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra. Eddie has also performed with such national and world-renowned artists as Jerry Douglas, Kenny Chesney, Steve Lippia, Jon Faddis, Lee Greenwood, Ernie Watts, Louise Mandrel, Sugar Hill Recording artists the Brother Boys, Tim and Mollie O’brien, The Four Aces, Mark Schatz, the Mills Brothers and former Tonight Show Pianist, Derek Smith just to name a few. Along with performing, he also spends time in the studio playing Drum Set for various regional and national artists.

  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), East Tennessee State University
  • M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jane DeLoach Morison received her Bachelor of Music Education (summa cum laude) from East Tennessee State University where she was twice named Most Outstanding Music Student. She received the Master of Music degree in Performance Studies (piano) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has completed further study at L’académie de musique de Sion in Switzerland.

As Artistic Director of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy choirs under her direction have performed at places as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Festival of the Aegean (Greece), Ireland, American Choral Director Association divisional and state conferences, and the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Morison is on the faculty at King University and the Virginia Suzuki Institute, and has directed and taught at Emory & Henry College, the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, Barter Theatre Youth Academy, and the UNC-Greensboro and ETSU Summer Piano Camps. Morison currently serves as the Virginia ACDA State Membership Chairman.

Morison is in demand as a choir clinician, a pianist, and a vocalist. For her work in the performing arts and music education she was honored by Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts (2010), and Virginia Celebrates Children in the Arts (2012). In 2019 she was the recipient of an AAME Arts Achievement Award.

  • B.A. Music Performance, Malone University
  • M.M. Organ Performance, University of Akron

Stephanie Yoder earned a B.A. in music performance from Malone University and a M.M. in organ performance from The University of Akron. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband Christopher moved to Bristol in 2003 to pursue their careers in music. Stephanie serves as Organist/Choir Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, at King University as adjunct faculty, chapel organist, and staff accompanist, and is a freelance accompanist in the Tri-Cities region. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as running and hiking, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with her dogs.