Two things set Marietta's music program apart from what you'll find at other schools -- the sheer number of opportunities you will have to perform, and the strength of our faculty. From choirs to applied lessons to full-scale musical productions, you can express yourself musically and cultivate your talents -- and it all starts your freshman year. Along the way, you'll receive thorough preparation for graduate school or a career as a musician by studying and working closely with professors, who are active performers themselves.
Marietta's Department of Music offers three programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music program offers a well-rounded music education and the chance to focus on areas such as performance, composition, or historical research. After completing the required core courses, you can develop an elective program that reinforces the fields of music that interest you most. This combination helps to prepare you for work in the music profession or for graduate school.
Some of the courses required for the music major are:
- Music Theory
- Keyboard Skills
- Aural Theory
- Advanced Theory
- Advanced Aural Theory
- Form and Analysis
- Orchestration and Arranging
- Music History
- Senior Capstone Course: an independent project (projects may be drawn from one of five options: Music Performance, Music Theory/Composition, Music Scholarship, Applied Pedagogy, or Internship)
Music majors also participate in performing ensembles and applied music study.
Bachelors of Music in Music Performance
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance is a selective program designed to allow students to pursue in-depth study in the area of instrumental or vocal performance. The coursework is designed to guide each student to a better understanding and mastery of their chosen instrument in an environment that provides the individual attention needed to develop both technical and interpretive skills. It will also help each student to develop a broad understanding of the field of music and the factors that influence its role in the United States and abroad. In addition to their core music courses, students will find many opportunities for performance in both solo and ensemble settings and elective courses organized to help students prepare for continued study at the graduate level.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a selective-admission program (annually admitting 16 students through audition and interview) designed to prepare the future leaders of the profession. This diverse coursework is designed to guide each student to licensure in music education in a selective environment that provides the individual attention needed to guarantee success as a musician and educator. It will also help each student develop a broad understanding of the issues and theories impacting the future of music education in the United States. In addition to their core music and education courses, students will refine their skills through more than 180 contact hours in conducting and rehearsal techniques, over 150 field experience hours prior to student teaching, and special courses in teaching with technology, and vocal or instrumental pedagogy.
Requirements for a Minor
24 hours required in music: Music 111, 112, 171, 172, and either 330 or 331; 4 hours of an approved ensemble; 4 hours of applied music (excluding preparatory study -- Music 150); 5 hours of elective study (excluding Music 101). For complete details of these requirements the students should refer to the Marietta College Music Handbook available from the Music Office, Hermann Fine Arts Building.
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A Marietta College music major or musical theatre major may choose a departmental-approved internship as a Senior Capstone project.
Organizations & Performance Groups
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society that selects students showing superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.
In existence for more than 75 years, the Oratorio Chorus performs major choral/orchestral works each semester. The chorus is open to students, faculty, and members of the community. No audition is required.
Open to all female students, Women's Choir performs a variety of musical styles. No audition is required.
Concert Choir is a select chorus open to all students by informal audition. As the primary touring ensemble of Marietta College, the choir has performed throughout the United States and abroad.
Voices of Marietta is a select group of eight to twelve singers that performs a wide variety of musical styles, but focuses primarily on vocal jazz. The group performs frequently within the Marietta community.
The Theatre and Music departments present two or more musical theatre productions jointly, with performing roles open to all students by audition. Opportunities are also available for students interested in the technical aspects of a production or in performing with the pit orchestra.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind band literature. The emphasis of the ensemble is on both individual and group improvement. Every concert program features both large and chamber ensemble music to give members a wide variety of performing experiences.
The Jazz Ensemble provides exposure to high quality jazz literature with emphasis placed on jazz styles and performance practices.
Mallet Mania, Marietta's marimba ensemble, is open to all students and performs a variety of musical styles arranged for these percussion instruments.
Many of our graduates go on to become professional musicians and performers. Others pursue careers as professors and instructors of music at every educational level. Some of these include positions like:
- Professional Musician, Four Guys in Tuxes
- Associate Professor or Theory & Composition, Ball State University
- Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Alabama-Birmingham
- Graduate Student in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Westminster Choir College
The Florence Gross Morgan Memorial Scholarship provides partial tuition to a student who intends to study or is studying in the field of the fine arts.
The Talent Scholarship Competition awards up to $3,500 per year for talent in vocal performance, instrumental performance, piano performance, accompanying, and musical theatre.
The William L. Buelow Juried Prize is awarded each semester to the student who, in the judgment of the faculty of the Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music, has done the most outstanding work in applied music study.
The William A. and Prudence A. Fields Music Performance Award recognizes excellence in applied music performance. The award may be made each semester by the music faculty, with first preference given to voice and piano students.
The Sally Snead Macatol Fellowship is awarded annually to students making contributions to the Music Department through their performances.
The Robert G. "Red" Williams Music Award is given annually to a freshman who has demonstrated excellence in music performance. It is not necessary for the recipient to be a music major.