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Department of Music

The primary mission of the Department of Music is to prepare students for professional careers in music. The faculty recognizes the need for excellence within a broad liberal education, so the department places equal emphasis on music education, performance, and theoretical/historical study in its degree offerings. The department, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, also maintains a cultural leadership and development role locally and regionally, while striving to achieve a national and international profile.

The specific objectives of the Department of Music are

1. to provide students interested in teaching careers with the professional knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field;

2. to provide students with the necessary background in applied music (private instruction in voice/instrument), music theory, music history and literature, keyboard skills and sight-reading, and music technology to become full participants in music professions;

3. to provide all students of the university with opportunities to enrich themselves through participation in music department ensembles and through attendance at concerts, recitals, and lectures;

4. to develop the creative potential of the region through workshops, performances, and a summer music camp.

Career Directions

  • Arts Administrator
  • Business
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Educator
  • Music Librarian
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Vocalist
  • Also: Graduate Study