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    Southern Adventist University
  Jan 19, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music

Dean: W. Scott Ball

Faculty: Gennevieve Brown-Kibble, Peter J. Cooper, Judith Glass, Laurie Redmer Minner, Ken Parsons, Julie Penner

Adjunct Faculty: Bob Burks, Jan Cochrane, Robert Hansel, Nicholas Hartline, Rob Hudson, Gordon James, Elaine Janzen, Nora Kile, Robert Pendergast, Mark Reneau, Sherilyn Samaan, Clinton Schmitt, Patricia Silver, James Stroud, Nikolasa Tejero, Shari Ziesmer

Program Coordinators:

  • Music, Scott Ball
  • Music Education, Laurie Redmer Minner


The faculty of the School of Music believes that music is one of the arts given to humankind by the Creator to be used in the worship of God and to enhance the quality of life. In harmony with this philosophy, course work is offered that meets the needs of the general university student as well as music majors and minors.

Since 1968, the School of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Consequently, all academic programs, policies, and operations of the School of Music meet NASM standards for full accreditation.

The School of Music offers two baccalaureate degrees, the Bachelor of Music degree in music education and the Bachelor of Science degree in music. Both degrees require courses in music theory and history, as well as a high level of achievement in a major performance area. The Bachelor of Music degree emphasizes the skills necessary for teaching music, with special emphasis on the training of teachers for the Seventh-day Adventist school system. The Bachelor of Science degree affords the student the opportunity to choose one of three tracks: (1) General, (2) Music Theory and Literature, (3) Music Performance.

Admission Requirements

Music majors must fulfill all the general admission requirements of the University. Acceptance to the University, however, does not guarantee admission to the School of Music as a music major. The prospective music major is required to take written and aural entrance examinations in music theory and a performance examination in the applied area. To obtain Freshman Standing as a music major, the student must qualify for MUCT 111 - Music Theory I  and MUPF 189 - Concentration (S-3c) . Continuation in the music program is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward a degree measured by regular assessment checkpoints, described in the following pages.

General Requirements

Functional Piano

All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency by passing a piano proficiency examination or successfully completing Class Piano 1-4. Keyboard proficiency includes the ability to play hymns, scales, triads, arpeggios, several moderately easy compositions and accompaniments, and harmonize simple folk melodies. Students will take a piano placement test during the first week of the first semester in residence.

Private Music Instruction

Music majors take private lessons in their major performance area for one or two credit hours each semester, depending upon their specific degree track. Specific requirements are listed under MUPF 189  and MUPF 389  course descriptions. (See Music Lesson Fees  under Financial Policies section of this Catalog.)

Concert and Recital Attendance

Full-time music majors (students taking 12 or more credits) are required to attend, as a non-performer, nine School approved concerts per semester, except for the student teaching semester. Attendance shall include faculty recitals, student junior and senior recitals, and music general recitals. Failure to meet this requirement will nullify music major status.

Music Ensemble Participation

All music majors are required to participate in an appropriate music ensemble every semester in full-time residence (12 or more hours). During the student teaching semester, students are exempted from this requirement. Teacher certification candidates must, however, complete eight hours of appropriate ensembles. Appropriate ensembles are defined as follows: string majors, Symphony Orchestra; wind and percussion majors, Wind Symphony; voice majors, I Cantori; keyboard majors, ensembles chosen in consultation with the School of Music faculty. All ensemble assignments are determined by audition. Music majors and minors may be placed in an ensemble that is not listed above. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of other ensembles as time permits.


The School of Music has an ongoing program of student assessment. This program includes the following:

Performance Evaluations (Concentration)

Music Performance Concentration (MUPF 189 , MUPF 389 ) grades will be based on the student having met the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 12 lessons for the semester. (One-half hour lesson=one semester hour credit; one hour lesson=two semester hours credit.)
  • Practiced a minimum of five hours each week for each semester hour of credit. The student will keep a “Daily Practice Log” for his/her verification of meeting this requirement. (Two semester hours of credit=ten hours of practice per week.)
  • Studied, completed, and performed sufficient literature to warrant the credit hours for which the individual is registered. (The number, length, and/or difficulty level of the work(s) studied and of the work(s) prepared for performance are the basis for this criterion. Where appropriate, other factors such as memorization will be considered.)
  • Performed on at least one Music General Recital during the semester. Organ students may meet this requirement through a service performance (e.g. convocation, evensong, worship service).
  • Completed the end of the semester jury examination and received a performance grade as determined by the Music Faculty (50%) and the Private Lesson Instructor (50%).
  • Unsatisfactory performance in any item above will negatively affect the final Performance Concentration grade.

A grade of C- or lower will not count toward the Performance Concentration requirements.

A grade of C or lower for two consecutive semesters may result in the student being dropped as a Music Major. Reinstatement can be achieved only by applying to the Music Faculty and successfully completing an audition for reinstatement in the Performance Concentration area. Audition for reinstatement may be requested only once.

Performance Evaluations (Applied Music)

Applied Music (MUPF 129 , MUPF 329 ) grades will be based on the student having met the following criteria.

  • Completed at least 12 lessons for the semester. (One-half hour lesson=one semester hour credit; one hour lesson=two semester hours credit.)
  • Practiced a minimum of five hours per week for each semester hour of credit. The student will keep a “Daily Practice Log” for his/her verification of meeting this requirement. (Two semester hours credit=ten hours practice per week.)
  • Studied, completed, and performed sufficient literature at the individual student’s level to warrant the credit hours for which the individual is registered.

Unsatisfactory performance in any item above will negatively affect the final Applied Music grade.

Application to Music Major Track

Music majors with Freshman Standing must apply to the Music Faculty for acceptance to a specific track upon completion of the freshman year. The following tracks are available: B.Mus. Music Education; B.S. Music/General; B.S. Theory and Literature; B.S. Performance. The faculty’s decision is based upon the following:

  • Satisfactory progress in academic coursework (minimum of 2.5 grade point average in MUCT and MUHL courses).
  • Satisfactory progress in performance area (based on jury evaluations).
  • Other criteria specific to Music Education and Performance concentrations.

Sophomore Evaluation and Junior Standing

Music majors must apply for junior standing at the end of the sophomore year. These requirements are as follows:

  • An overall grade point average of 2.00 for the Bachelor of Science degree and 2.75 for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 in all music courses.
  • Demonstration of keyboard proficiency.
  • Completion of  MUCT 211 -MUCT 212 , MUCT 221 -MUCT 222 .
  • Completion of at least four hours of MUPF 189 : Concentration.

Faculty evaluation of the application for junior standing will result in the student’s receiving one of the following classifications: (a) Pass, Bachelor of Music; (b) Pass, Bachelor of Science; (c) Probation; (d) Fail. Junior Standing requirements must be met at least two semesters before graduation.

Senior Recital

All music degree candidates will present a senior recital. The student must be registered for private instruction until the senior recital requirement is satisfied. A faculty audition of the complete program must be scheduled at least three weeks before the recital date. Junior Standing as a music major is prerequisite to scheduling the faculty audition of the senior recital. Unsatisfactory performance at this audition will result in a rescheduling of the recital date.

Following the senior recital, the music faculty will vote either to accept the performance or to require all or portions of the recital to be repeated. The student will not be cleared for graduation until successful completion of the senior recital. Upon music faculty approval, the senior recital requirement may be partially fulfilled through a conducting or chamber music performance.

Senior Assessment Examination

During the senior year each graduating senior will take the nationally standardized Major Field Achievement Test. The results of this examination will be used to help determine the effectiveness of the music program and the competency level of the graduates.

Individual and Group Instruction

Courses MUPF 108 , MUPF 129 , and MUPF 329  are open to any student of the University as general education and/or elective credit toward all degrees. The music major or minor may not apply these toward his/her applied music concentration. Students desiring to study organ must pass the Functional Piano Examination.

Courses MUPF 189  and MUPF 389  are courses primarily for the music major and minor, but they may be taken by anyone who passes a prerequisite audition. Jury examinations are required with these course numbers.

Students enrolled in individual instruction MUPF 129 , MUPF 189 , MUPF 329 , MUPF 389 , and MUPF 489  will be charged $175 per semester hour (12 half-hour lessons) in addition to tuition (regular or audit rate).

Choral and Instrumental Ensembles

Choral and instrumental ensembles are open to all University students through audition. Each ensemble offers one hour credit each semester. Regular attendance at performances and rehearsals, including dress rehearsals, is required. Ensembles for which academic credit is granted are organized and sponsored by the members of the music faculty. All may be repeated for credit.