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…the atmosphere of Bethel is vibrant, caring and friendly. I have had the best experience here…
Claire Unruh ’12

Music is an important part of the Bethel College culture.

With more than a quarter of our student body involved in music, Bethel students are constantly surrounded by a community that is passionate about making high-quality music. Whether you are a music major, music minor, or a non-major who simply wishes to continue playing your instrument or singing in college, your musical experience at Bethel will be rich and meaningful. Bethel has a long, rich tradition of musical excellence—that tradition continues because of our first-rate faculty, diverse and talented students and alumni, and unique liberal arts setting.

Students and Alumni

Bethel College consistently draws in a diverse and talented student body. These gifted students help to create the culture of musical excellence that exists at Bethel College. Mentored by our excellent faculty, and inspired by our strong musical tradition, Bethel College students are passionate about working for a consistently high level of musicianship.

Liberal Arts Setting

Bethel’s liberal arts setting provides for a well-rounded education, putting music study in the context of related courses in history, literature and the arts. Music students are not only trained to become excellent musicians, but also strong writers and critical thinkers that are well prepared for graduate school, teaching or performance careers.

At Bethel College you’ll receive personalized instruction from one of the area’s most experienced, qualified and talented faculties. Our low student to faculty ratio means that you’ll be that instruction occurs at an individual level. Our faculty members care about each student’s success and have a breadth of knowledge that allows each student to focus on their individual musical interests, from music education to jazz saxophone to church music.

Faculty

Kay Buskirk

Kay Buskirk

Adjunct Instructor of Viola
Education:
  • B.M. Wichita State University 1985
  • M.M. Wichita State University 1993
Soyoun Chun

Soyoun Chun

Assistant Professor of Music
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Education:
  • B.A. Seoul National University 1995
  • M.M. New England Conservatory of Music 1997
  • D.M.A. University of Kansas 2004
Dennis Danders

Dennis Danders

Adjunct Instructor of String Bass
Education:
  • B.M.E. Wichita State University 1967
  • M.M. Northwestern University 1972
William Eash

William Eash

Professor of Music
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Education:
  • B.A. Bluffton College 1974
  • M.A. University of Iowa 1979
  • D.M.A. University of Iowa 1988
Howard Glanton

Howard Glanton

Adjunct Instructor of Guitar
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Education:
  • B.M. Eastern New Mexico University 1990
  • M.M. Texas Tech University 1994
Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Adjunct Instructor of Violin
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Education:
  • B.M. University of Kansas 1980
  • M.M. Virginia Commonwealth University 1984
Joel Linscheid

Joel Linscheid

Instructor of Music
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Education:
  • B.A. Music Education Bethel College 2009
  • M.M. Jazz Performance and Pedagogy University of Colorado at Boulder 2011
James Pisano

James Pisano

Associate Professor of Music
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Education:
  • B.A. University of New Hampshire
  • M.M. University of Miami 1997
Karen Schlabaugh

Karen Schlabaugh

Professor of Music
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Education:
  • BM Oberlin College 1970
  • MM Ithaca College 1974
  • DMA University of Iowa 1981
Kristin Shaffer

Kristin Shaffer

Adjunct Instructor of Flute
Education:
  • B.M. Wichita State University 1991
  • M.M. Wichita State University 1993