Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF



Jonathan Wall, Chair; John Boyd, Rudyard Dennis

Adjunct: Dorla Aparicio, Mugur Doroftei, Maria Harman, Ana Scarone, Henry Welch

Aims of The Department: Listen - Learn - Apply

The students will develop the skills of listening, hearing, and identifying the elements of music.

The students will develop an understanding through music theory of the foundation of music and apply analytical skills to enrich performance.

The students will gain knowledge and understanding of music history and musical styles.

the students will be able to apply knowledge of musical styles and performance traditions to their repertoire.

The students will develop skills of technical presentation which will allow them to apply their knowledge of styles in a sensitive performance, both in solo and in ensemble work.

The students will learn methods and principles of music pedagogy.

Entrance Requirements

Incoming students in the Music Degree Programs will be examined in two areas:  practical piano skills and  performance. A student who does not bring a significant level of talent to singing or playing an instrument may not be successful as a major.

  1. A functional piano performance exam will be given to all incoming music majors. This exam includes but is not limited to:
    1. Technique: scales and arpeggios
    2. Chord progressions and cadences
    3. Harmonization of melodies
    4. Sight reading
    5. Score reading
    6. Memorization and performance

    If students are unable to pass the exam (which is described fully in the Music Major Handbook), they are required to take piano lessons (MUPF 151) or a new three-semester class piano class starting no later than the second semester in residence.  Modification to the piano performance exam can be made in the event of physical handicap.

  2. Success in Music Theory I (MUCT 111) requires basic background knowledge of music theory.  Incoming students with theory deficiencies are encouraged to study during the previous summer.  The fundamentals of music may be learned online or through self-guided texts or software.  Contact the Southwestern Adventist University music department for further information.
  3. Performance is an important and integral component of the music major program. The incoming music students are strongly recommended to send a recording of their best performing, chosen from standard repertoire lists for advising purposes. All incoming majors will perform in a recital the first week, along with the returning majors.

General Requirements for Music Majors

The guidelines found here are not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.  Students should consult the Music Major Handbook which is available from the music department.  Other than required courses which are found in the bulletin degree descriptions, the Music Major Handbook contains the policies by which the department is operated.

  1. EnsemblesThe music major is required to take a major ensemble each semester in residence.  The major ensembles are the Wind Symphony for instrumentalists and both University Singers and Mizpah Choraliers for singers.  Keyboard majors may chose according to their talents and interests.
  2. Recitals:  The music major is required to perform in at least one recital per semester
  3. Music Juries:  The music majors will perform each semester for the fulltime music faculty.  If their major performance professor is an adjunct teacher, that teacher will be included.  A jury which is poorly prepared for can cause the student to be placed on probationary status as a music major.  Regular improvement is expected.
  4. Practice:  The music majors will keep track of their practice time and report it to their teacher at each lesson.  The successful majors will practice ten hours weekly in their major performance area.  Talent is not a substitute for effort.
  5. Functional piano:  A performance exam will be given to all music majors.  If students are unable to pass the exam, they are required to take piano lessons (MUPF 151) or a new three-semester class piano class starting no later than the second semester in residence. They must pass the piano proficiency test before attaining senior status. 
  6. First year:  The freshman year is a time when the music majors and the music faculty learn if they are suited for the program.   A progress letter will be given to the student at the end of each semester with a copy going into the student’s file.  The students will be notified in the second letter if they receive official acceptance into the music program.
  7. Continuing status:  A student's acceptance into and official continuation in the music program is contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic and performance progress. Thus, the 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.  If students are encouraged to change majors, it should be viewed as wise, money saving advice, rather than punitive action.
  8. Senior recitalAll music majors will perform in a senior recital.  This is normally given in the final semester of residence.  A pre-senior recital, performed before the music faculty at least three weeks before the senior recital, is required. The purpose is to determine the readiness for the public senior recital. 
  9.  Recital attendanceMusic majors will attend all faculty, general student, and senior recitals.  These dates will all be posted by the second week of the semester.  Such recitals are an important part of the student’s education, and failure to participate can be reflected in the student’s performance grade.
  10.  Off-campus recitals:  The music major should plan to attend at least two approved off-campus recitals each semester.  The student’s performance professor can help determine what is approved.  Field trips may be taken to metroplex recitals with transportation provided.  It is not wise to exist in a vacuum and seeing the level of the ‘competition’ is very important and motivating.
  11.  Private lessons:  The music major will take lessons from one of the teachers at Southwestern Adventist University or one provided by the school.  If ‘outside’ lessons are taken without permission from the music faculty, this will be considered grounds for terminating participation in the music major.

Programs (Click for more info)

  • B.A. Music
  • B.S. Music
  • Music minor
  • Teaching Area - Secondary Certification
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