CHAIRED BY NAN CHILDRESS ORCHARD, D.M.A.
The department offers a B.A. in Music. This program of study is an excellent subject area for Elementary Education majors and for Secondary Education majors pursuing certification to teach grades K-12.
Each music major is required to present either a senior recital with prepared program notes or a senior project (paper and lecture presentation) during their senior year. This 1 credit, independent study (MU 495/496) will be graded and, if necessary, re-taken according to University policy. The student’s advisor/major teacher and one other faculty person will be present at the performance to provide a written evaluation and the final grade. Procedures and requirements are available from the department chair.
Music Education Majors seeking K-12 certification in music, must fulfill the requirements set by the Education Department before student teaching during their last semester. Students are required to fulfill practical field experience as part of several education courses and will be placed appropriately into a variety of classes, K-12, including both instrumental and vocal music, to prepare them for this final semester. During Student Teaching, students teach full time in designated schools and attend a weekly college seminar. Students are under the direction of a Master Music teacher and a college supervisor who is certified in music education.