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Music Department Educational Information & Goals

About the Music Department

The music department provides training in music, music education and performance. A Concentration in Arts Management is also offered in conjunction with the B.A. in Music. The objective is to produce graduates who are prepared to teach music, perform, conduct, further advance their study of music in graduate school, and/or promote the arts in the larger community.

The Department of Music provides a course of study for the Special Subjects (K-12) teaching license in North Carolina. Refer to the Department of Education section of this catalogue for a summary of Reciprocity, Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education and Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching. Each of these guidelines is applicable to the Music Education curriculum. Students in this program may require more than eight semesters to complete the curriculum.

To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in performance, the student must audition no later than the end of the fourth semester. To be accepted as a candidate for a B.M. in Music Education, the student must audition no later than the end of the fourth semester.

Music majors must earn a "C" or higher in all music courses required for their music degree. For each semester a full-time student is enrolled as a music major, a passing grade must be earned in MUS 071 (Concert Attendance).

All music majors are required to pass the piano proficiency exam. Non-music majors can enroll in music courses for which they are qualified, including private instruction in applied music and ensemble.

General Education/Core Curriculum Goals

The faculty has identified and approved three goals for the General Education/Core Curriculum (core): students will demonstrate (1) the skills needed for advanced studies in written and oral communication, mathematical reasoning, and the use of computers; (2) basic knowledge of the fine arts, fitness and wellness, humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science; and (3) the ability to think critically about complex subjects. Within these overarching goals are specific competencies, which include the following pertaining to the Department of Music:

Fine Arts: Human creativity, as expressed through artistic works, has been a fundamental component of all world cultures throughout history. Fine arts courses provide students with the opportunity to attain a basic knowledge and appreciation of human artistic expression.

 

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