Music (BA, minor)

Program Goals

The Mission of the Music program is to: 

  • prepare students for careers and further study in music performance by delivering a creative and comprehensive curriculum of music with emphasis on an orchestral or band instrument, voice or piano that prepare students to begin careers as performers and/or educators;
  • expand knowledge and understanding of music through research and lectures;
  • enrich the general cultural life of the University community through concerts, recitals, and seminars.


  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and development of physical coordination and technical skill required for specific musical activity (singing, instrumental performance and ensemble participation). 
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for performance independent of the applied music instructor.
  3. Students will be able to articulate knowledge of applicable performance pedagogy including teaching methods and repertory.
  4. Vocal majors will be able to sing in four languages: English, Italian, French and German.
  5. Students will be able to discuss the elements of music, the historical eras of musical style, and the general characteristic forms of the historical eras.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of essential form, harmony, and structure in traditional western music 
  7. All music majors must successfully perform a jury examination before the music faculty at the end of each semester.
  8. Non-piano majors will demonstrate basic piano skills as described in the departments Student Handbook.
  9. Students will develop musicianship to the highest possible level in areas of ensemble playing or singing through collaborative understanding and knowledge of literature through varied ensemble experience.


Please see the University Catalog for more information and program requirements.


For more information contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department.