Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 PDF



John W. Boyd, Chair; Rudyard Dennis, Jonathan Wall

Adjunct: Mugur Doroftei, Henry Welch

Aims of The Department

Music classes are offered to provide an atmosphere in which students can learn to be proficient performers and music leaders in their home communities, schools, and churches.

The music program offers classes which provide experience in solo performance, ensemble playing, and choral singing as well as keyboard and instrumental instruction.

Since music is an important, creative outlet for emotion and a means of spiritual expression, a high priority is placed on individual involvement by many students in all academic disciplines.

The music program is positioned to serve in a variety of ways and several of the following programs indicate the underlying philosophy that music is all inclusive, an important activity for all people, and an art that can be combined with other academic offerings.

Entrance Requirements

Students in the Music Degree Programs must qualify in three areas: practical piano skills, music theory and performance. A student who only knows that he likes to sing or play his instrument may not be successful as a major any more than a student who wants to be a math major that has only had algebra and geometry.

A functional piano performance exam will be given to all music majors.  This exam includes: 1) the playing of all 12 major and 12 harmonic minor scales, 2) the active harmonization of a melody, 3) the accompanying of a soloist on an easy classical-period solo (or its equivalent)  4) the performance of three period intermediate piano solos (baroque, classical and romantic)  and 5) playing a chord progression realized from chord symbols.  If students are unable to pass the exam, they are required to take piano lessons (MUPF 151) starting no later than the second semester in residence.  They will do so for up to four semesters until they are able to pass the exam.

Music Theory I, MUCT 111, requires a basic background knowledge of music theory.  If the incoming student is unable to demonstrate such knowledge, he/she will be required to pass the music fundamentals class, MUCT 101, which is taught each spring to prepare the student to enter MUCT 111 the next school year.

Performance is an important and integral component of the music major program.  The incoming music student is strongly recommended to send a recording of his best performing (from the standard repertoire lists) for advising purposes.  A live audition before the music faculty is required to gain official entrance into the music program.

General Requirements

  1. A pre-senior recital, performed before the music faculty at least three weeks before the senior recital, is required by all senior music majors. The purpose is to determine the readiness for the public senior recital.
  2. Each major or minor will perform in at least one recital per semester.
  3. All majors will perform each semester for a jury composed of the music faculty.
  4. A student is encouraged to practice ten hours a week in their major performance area.
  5. The first year is a conditional time when the students will show their ability to function as a music major.  At the end of the first and second semesters the student's progress and potential will be evaluated.  The first year music student will receive a progress letter at the end of the first semester and an official letter at the end of the second semester notifying them if they have achieved full music major status.
  6. A student's acceptance into and official continuation in the music program is contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic and performance progress.  Thus, status of being a music major is a privilege, not a right.  A letter from the chair, written in advisement with the major's performance teacher, will be placed in the student's file at the end of each school year, encouraging and/or noting areas needing improvement.
  7. Majors will attend all general, major, minor, and faculty recitals. In addition, two approved off-campus recitals per semester are required. If a major misses a recital, a suitable replacement approved by the chair must be arranged.

Programs (Click for more info)

  • B.A. Music
  • B.S. Music
  • Music minor
  • Teaching Area - Secondary Certification
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Courses (Click for more info)

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Music Performance (Click for more info)

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Music History & Literature (Click for more info)

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Music Education (Click for more info)

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Music Theory (Click for more info)

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