About the Program
The expression of ideas and emotions through music is integral to every culture. To understand music is to understand the essence of humanity. Music extends one’s comprehension of history and society while also providing preparation for a career. The broadly educated musician is in demand in the recording industry, education, theatre, film, television, and radio.
Faculty members work closely with students to create a curriculum integrating the study of music history, theory/composition, and performance practices. Performance opportunities include the University Chorale, the University Chamber Orchestra, the University Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Flute Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and chamber ensembles as well as private study in keyboard, voice, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.
- Chair: Jason Bishop, Associate Professor
- Professors: Norman Lowrey, Trevor Weston
- Associate Professors: Leslie Sprout
- Professor Emeritus: Norman Lowrey
- Concert Hall Manager: Ellis Hilton
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam will be awarded four credits towards the College general education breadth requirements in the arts. Students seeking exemption from MUS 102, or from MUS 102 and MUS 227/227L, must take a placement exam offered by the Music Department. Contact the music department chair for details.
Limitation on Degree Credit for Music Performance
At most 16 credits, in any combination, from music instruction and/or performance courses may be counted toward the 128 credits required for the B.A. degree.