Department of Music
Through the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Music Department offers challenging instruction and performance opportunities to prepare music majors for careers and/or advanced study in any of a number of music specializations. Students in other major fields may also pursue a minor in music. Music students have many opportunities to perform in the Braithwaite recital Hall and the Vaughn Auditorium. The Braithwaite Recital Hall is an impressive 166-seat hall which features oak paneling throughout, a magnificent stage for solo, chamber, or student recitals, and a state-of-the-art digital recording studio. The Vaughn Auditorium is a magnificent 2000-seat hall with a Broadway-sized stage, full cast and solo dressing rooms, and full orchestra pit. The Music Department also features a computer/digital keyboard lab and excellent theory/aural skills rooms.
Specifically, the Music Department provides academic and performance training leading to:
- all-level teacher certification and careers in music education in both public and private elementary and secondary schools
- music careers in private studio teaching or church programs
- graduate study in music, in preparation for careers in music performance, composition, music theory or musicology
The Department serves students from within a broad liberal arts curriculum. In this role, it provides:
- a core of basic courses and musical experiences to meet University Core Curriculum requirements in music for the general university student population
- an awareness of the interrelationship between the arts and other academic disciplines
- opportunities for individuals to develop an articulate aesthetic sense and to become discerning consumers and patrons of the arts
- performance experiences for musicians of various skill levels, through ensembles open to membership without audition and ensembles designed to meet the needs of pre-professional musicians
The music faculty holds a strong belief in the value of music and the fine arts as essential components of the human spirit, necessary to a well-rounded, fulfilling existence, and in the academic worth of music as a discipline of study. Music Program faculty work to infuse these beliefs into both classroom teaching and performance instruction.