Department of Music

The music curriculum is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of music, and to help students become accomplished musicians. The Bachelor of Music Education degree serves those who are preparing for the teaching profession, and the Bachelor of Arts degree accommodates those wishing a liberal arts degree or wishing to emphasize a particular aspect of music such as performance or theory in their study. Various options for a contract major combining music with other disciplines, such as business or Christian education, are possible. All curricula offered provide a strong foundation for graduate study.

The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and endorses the statement on Basic Musicianship adopted by this national accrediting organization. The program seeks to develop basic musicianship in the following areas:

  1. A conceptual understanding of such musical properties as sound, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and form; and opportunities for developing a grasp of their interrelationships as they form the cognitive-affective basis for listening, composing and performing;

  2. Repeated opportunities for enacting in a variety of ways the roles of listener (analysis), performer (interpretation), composer (creation), and scholar (research);

  3. A repertory for study that embraces many cultures and historical periods.