College of Fine Arts and Humanities
MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
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MINORS AND OTHER PROGRAMS
A semester by semester outline of suggested courses for each degree option is available
in the Music and Performing Arts Office.
- Valerie Cisler, Chair
- Professors: Bauer,
Associate Professors: Buckner,
Assistant Professors: Chen,
P. Smith, White,
Professional Staff: Deiger, Sound Production Coordinator; Hird, Piano Technician; D. Jones, Costume Coordinator
The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National
Association of Schools of Music.
Music and Dance
- To provide professional training in music education, music business, musical theatre,
performance, pedagogy, dance and music technology and to provide pre-professional training
in music therapy;
- To develop in the students a basis for aesthetic judgment and an understanding and
appreciation for music and performing arts;
- To assure an opportunity for the musical development of each student to the highest
degree of artistic capability;
- To help members of the university community acquire greater musical understanding and
critical judgment through enrollment in music courses and private lessons, participation
in music ensembles and attendance at various musical functions;
- To offer leadership in the musical life of the area by providing participative,
collaborative and advisory services;
- To present concerts, recitals, musicals, operas and music for special events;
- To assist students in the development of skills and attitudes conducive to
a lifetime of independent learning, with an awareness and appreciation for
diverse views, and an understanding of the contributions of theatre to society
- To offer students a broad practical and theoretical knowledge of Theatre
as a Fine Art and as one of the humanities, while developing a world view of
theatre through specialized training in history, dramatic literature,
performance, design, and theatre technology;
- To provide students with an appreciation of the demands of the professional
marketplace, and prepare them for productive careers in the Theatre Arts through
work in the classroom, on the stage, and in professional settings.
All students planning to major or minor in music must complete admission requirements as
determined by the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Application for admission
including audition must be submitted prior to enrollment. Music majors and minors must
choose an area of applied music and meet the proficiency standards of the Department for
admission and graduation. All new students will audition to determine their performance
level. Students should be able to perform with adequate technique, tone quality and
musicianship; specific audition requirements for each performance area are available through the
Department of Music and Performing Arts.
All incoming students including transfer students will also take placement tests in the
areas of theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and performance. Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted provisionally. Once
students have been accepted into a program they must receive departmental approval to
change their applied music area or academic program.
- All music majors and minors are required to complete piano requirements,
including a proficiency examination as determined by the Department of Music
and Performing Arts. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain continuous
enrollment in piano until the piano proficiency examination is completed. All piano
examination requirements must be completed prior to registration for Field
Experience/Student Teaching (Music Education majors), Internship (Music
Business majors) or Senior Recital (Performance/Musical Theatre majors).
The placement level in piano classes will be made by the piano faculty at the
time of the entrance audition. Those with limited keyboard background will be
placed into the appropriate Piano Techniques class. Students with keyboard
facility will be placed into Keyboard Harmonization (the entire exam is
covered in one semester) or, under the advisement of the piano faculty, may
elect to independently prepare for and take the full piano proficiency
examination, given by a committee of piano faculty, by the end of their third semester. Degree requirements are outlined in the Piano Proficiency Packet.
Proficiency examinations are scheduled each semester.
- Every full-time music major or minor must participate in a large ensemble every semester
until the large ensemble degree requirement is satisfied. Wind and percussion students
will elect band (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon students may elect the orchestra once
the two semester marching band requirements have been met); string students will elect the
orchestra; voice students will elect an appropriate vocal ensemble; guitar students will
elect any ensemble; keyboard students will elect any ensemble or appropriate
accompaniment/chamber music assignment for their participation (except the semester
enrolled in Senior Recital). After the large ensemble requirement is met, all full-time
music majors must participate in at least one ensemble each semester, except the semester
enrolled in Internship or Student Teaching.
- Students completing requirements for a major or minor in music must earn the total
number of credits listed for their specific program. Completion of a course through
proficiency examination does not reduce the total number of program credits required.
- Candidates for degrees must satisfactorily complete an exit assessment including a
portfolio before graduation. Specific requirements should be obtained from the advisor in
the student's first semester as a music major.
Five options are available in this major:
- Music Option - Bachelor of
- Music Performance
Comprehensive Option - Bachelor of Music Degree
- Composition Emphasis
- Instrumental Emphasis
- Piano Emphasis
Piano with Pedagogy Emphasis
- Musical Theatre
Comprehensive Option - Bachelor of Music Degree
- Music Comprehensive Option, Music Business
Emphasis - Bachelor of Music Degree
- Music K-12 Teaching Field Endorsement Option - Bachelor
of Arts in Education Degree
Two options are available in this major:
- Theatre Option - Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Theatre 7-12 Teaching Subject Endorsement Option -
Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree
A Pre-Professional Program in Music Therapy is
Minors in Music, Dance,
Performance Studies, Theatre,
and Theatre Design and Technology are available for
students pursuing majors in other disciplines. The Elementary Education major has a specially defined
minor in Music.
Courses with the prefixes MUS, DANC and THEA are offered
by the department.
A semester by semester outline of suggested courses for each degree option is
available in the Music and Performing Arts Office.
08 Mar 2006