University of Nebraska at Kearney
College of Fine Arts and Humanities

1994-96 UNK Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Music and Dance

Ron Crocker, Chair
Professors: Cook, Crocker, Payne, Sivils
Associate Professors: D. Bauer, G. Davis, Schaaf, Whitman
Assistant Professors: Hancock, A. Zikmund

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Department Objectives

To assure an opportunity for the musical development of each student to the highest degree of artistic capability;

To provide professional training for careers in such areas as performance, musical theatre, music education, and music business;

To help students in all departments 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 occupy a cooperative role 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.


1. All students planning to major or minor in music must complete admission requirements as determined by the Department of Music. Music majors and minors must choose an area of applied music and meet the proficiency standards of the Department for admission and graduation. Students should be able to perform with adequate technique, tone quality, and musicianship selections corresponding to the following levels: Instrumental--Level 4 of the MENC Selective Music List; Vocal--any material in the MENC Selective Music List; Piano--Level 4 of the NMTA Audition Repertoire List; Organ--same as piano, but comparable organ literature may be substituted. In any event, organ students must display adequate piano facility but need not have previous organ training. Those not meeting these standards may be required to enroll for additional private instruction. New students will receive provisional admission prior to the determination of competency in their principal performing medium. Once students have been accepted, they must receive departmental approval to change their applied music area or academic program. Application forms for admission to the music program, available from the departmental office, must be submitted prior to or concurrent with enrollment.

2. All music majors and minors are required to complete piano requirements as determined by the Department of Music. Students must enroll in Music 160, Piano Techniques, unless a waiver is obtained. Proficiency examinations are scheduled each semester. Students must complete piano requirements before registering for student teaching or internship.

3. Candidates for music degrees are required to perform in the various major ensembles during their entire course. Majors must participate in at least one ensemble each semester, except the semester of student teaching or internship. Wind and percussion students will elect one of the instrumental ensembles and are required to participate in marching band for two semesters; string players will elect the orchestra; voice majors will elect an appropriate choral group; keyboard majors may elect any one of the major ensembles for their participation requirement.

4. 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.

5. Students majoring in music must present a portfolio of their work no later than midterm of the semester prior to their final undergraduate semester. Portfolios, which can include recital and concert programs, videotapes and audio tapes of performances and presentations, scholarly papers, etc., will be reviewed by the Department Chair and two other full-time music faculty. The committee will evaluate the portfolio and make recommendations for improvement and advancement during the student's final semester.
Each portfolio will be judged on the degree to which it documents achievements particular to the student's chosen career field. All students must submit an acceptable portfolio as part of the music graduation requirements.

6. Candidates for music degrees must complete satisfactorily the GRE Revised Music Test. The test should be taken the semester prior to the final undergraduate semester on campus (before the student teaching or internship semester). Students should not take the test until after the theory and music history courses are completed. The test is given in February and October each year. Applications should be made two months in advance through the Graduate Office.

Music Major

Five major options are available:
I. Music Option-Bachelor of Arts Degree
II. Music Performance Option-Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
III. Musical Theatre Option--Music Emphasis Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
IV. Music Business Option-Bachelor of Science Degree
V. Music Teaching Field Endorsement Option- Bachelor of Arts in Education

Pre-Profession Program in Music Therapy is available. Minors in Music and Dance are available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.

The Elementary Education major has a specially defined music minor.

The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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