From the time of the early Greeks, music has been considered an important component of a liberal arts education.
While a form of artistic expression, music employs a scientific language and is based on a logic of its own which fosters intellectual stimulation as well as aesthetic sensibility.
Course offerings in the department acknowledge this and provide the opportunity to pursue music’s three interrelated areas: its theory, history, and performance.
The curriculum provides opportunities for music study whether the students’ interests are oriented towards career, avocation, or expanding their breadth of knowledge. Students may major or minor in music. Courses for endorsement for Secondary Licensure may be designed through the Education Department in conjunction with the music major. Some courses may be offered off-campus through University of Lynchburg.
Most courses in performance involving individual instruction may be taken
for one or two credits. Students enrolled for one credit receive one-half hour of instruction a week. Students enrolled for two credits receive one hour of instruction each week. To enroll for two credits, students must demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency.
All students wishing to study an instrument must consult with the Chair of the Department. Students who wish to study voice must audition prior to registration.
Ordinarily, new voice students will be placed in MUSC 129R (voice class) before being considered for MUSC 131R (private voice lessons).
Students with no previous music study or minimal background may be required
to take MUSC 103 or 107 as a prerequisite or corequisite for enrollment in lessons.
Moderate proficiency is required of students continuing their study of strings or woodwinds, while students who wish to study organ, harpsichord, or fortepiano must have some keyboard proficiency. Lessons in strings, woodwinds, brass, and guitar are subject to the availability of an instructor.
There is no additional charge for music performance lessons to music majors or minors who have declared by the end of the second week of the semester.
All other students taking music performance lessons will be charged $325 each semester for weekly one-half hour lessons (1 credit) and $600 each semester for weekly one hour lessons (2 credits). Should the student drop the music major or minor then music performance lesson fees will be charged retroactively for the semester.
All music performance lessons and ensembles (MUSC 131R through 172R, 209,
and 233) are repeatable for credit.
For more information on departmental policies (including lesson procedures,
recitals, and juries), please consult the Department of Music Student Handbook.