This is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates in comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and various music careers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation to be considered for the degree and must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year to continue in the B.M. program.
The School of Music presents multiple concerts and recitals each semester. At Christmas and during Passion Week, all music students and non-majors come together to produce major oratorios with choir and orchestra. The “Come Christmas Sing” concert series also features all the performing groups, a piano ensemble, and vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles. All students taking private instruction are involved in performances each semester. In addition, the music faculty offer a variety of recitals.
All students are invited to participate in The School of Music’s ensembles. Vocal groups include University Singers, a non-auditioned campus community choir, and two auditioned ensembles: The Master’s Chorale and Opera. Instrumental groups include the Wind Ensemble and String Ensemble (which combine to form The Master’s Orchestra), the Jazz Ensemble, the Handbell Ensemble, the Piano Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, and a variety of chamber groups.
The school provides an acoustically mastered recital hall that is flexible for rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions. In addition, there are 15 Wenger sound-proof practice rooms, including some V-rooms with built-in emulation of larger environments. Students have access to pianos, digital keyboards, a two-manual tracker pipe organ and two harpsichords.
The University’s music facilities include a computer lab that features Apple workstations, each complemented with the most recent music notation and sequencing software programs. Music students have access to the latest in computer-generated composition, digital sequencer recording, and audio editing technology. The School of Music offers courses with the music computer lab and recording studio that equip students with the abilities and experience to utilize the technologies available to the music profession.
The recording studio is integrated into the music recital hall and is anchored by a 32-fader ICON D-Control work surface and features an Avid Pro Tools HDX system with a variety of plugins and outboard processing. The studio is used for classes and school ensemble projects, allowing music production and audio production students to put their knowledge to the test in a real-world recording studio context.
This is a professional degree designed for those with a strong music background who anticipate a vocation in music. It prepares candidates in comprehensive musicianship and performance skills for graduate school and a variety of music careers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory ability and preparation in order to be considered for the degree and must show adequate progress by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the B.M. program.
Total core courses 61-62
*Testing out allowed for any or all semesters of Piano Foundations.
**Required for primary instrument: voice.
***Fulfills G.E. requirement for MU190.
****8 semesters required.
The B.M. program's focused emphasis on musical excellence lends itself to careers in music and further education in the field.