The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is a selective-admission program (annually admitting new 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.
The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is a selective program designed to allow students to pursue both an in-depth study in vocal performance and significant study in the art and science of vocal instruction. The coursework is designed to guide each student to a better understanding and mastery of their voice in an environment that provides the individual attention needed to develop both technical and interpretive skills. Following a sequence of courses in vocal pedagogy, students will gain hands-on experience instructing adolescent singers in the college’s community music program. 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.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed to develop well-rounded musical leaders while simultaneously allowing each student to experience a broad exposure to music study in a liberal arts context. After completing a core of required courses, students may elect to pursue a set of electives of their own choosing. The program is easily combinable with other majors and minors and is primarily designed for those students desiring to combine a study of music with degree studies in other fields such as Pre-Med, business, psychology, theatre or history.
The minor in music is offered to students pursuing other fields of study but desiring an additional concentration in the field of music.
The Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy prepares students to teach applied vocal lessons and allows each student through its practicum component to begin teaching young singers in a supervised setting. This unique program provides a valuable and more focused opportunity for vocal students to prepare the skills necessary to begin a primary or supplemental career as a vocal instructor.