Curricula by Program
The Department of Music and Performing Arts offers six degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance Emphasis); the Bachelor of Science in Music (Music Recording Technology); the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Pre-Certification); the Bachelor of Science in Music (Audio Production Emphasis); the Bachelor of Art in Theatre Performance; and the Bachelor of Art in Theatre Technical.
The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC (B.A.)
Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Music program receive experiences with music performance in a liberal arts setting. Lessons on a primary instrument are offered, and a variety of complementary activities in music theory, music history, jazz improvisation, and performance ensembles are provided.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.)
MUSIC RECORDING TECHNOLOGY [MRT]
Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Music (Recording Technology Emphasis) program prepare for a career in audio engineering, music recording, sound reinforcement, broadcasting, audio sales, or studio maintenance. This four year, including an internship, degree program combines music performance audio recording technology. Unique to this program is the strong music background which produces strong musicians and performers while becoming exceptional in their knowledge of recording technology.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC (PRE-CERTIFICATION)
Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Music - Pre-Certification program receive a degree that leads to certification in teaching music on the K-12 level. The degree has been designed to conform to the accreditation standards of the Virginia State Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. Upon completion, student can seek admission to the graduate college and pursue the Master in Teaching Degree (MT).
The licensure requirements for the MT include completing the required courses, earning the state’s passing score on the Praxis II Examination in Music Content Knowledge, earning the state’s passing score on the Virginia C Language Arts Assessment, and completing an internship, which is the twelve-week student teaching experience.
Praxis Examinations for Bachelor of Arts in Music (Pre-Certification) Majors
All Bachelor of Arts in Music (Pre-Certification) Majors must pass Praxis I during the sophomore year and Praxis II during the senior year. The Praxis tests are required for teacher certification and for admission in the School of Education (Praxis I) and student teaching (Praxis II). The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is also a Graduate School admission requirement.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC (B.S.)
AUDIO PRODUCTION [AUP]
The Bachelor of Science in Music degree (Audio Production emphasis) is designed for students who wish to participate in audio production and related sound capture experiences (live recording, studio recording, digital and analog recording, etc.) This music based program does not require students to study a major instrument; however, the program will enhance the proficiency of its major by exposing them to essential music courses as well as courses in recording technology. In addition, students are required to have at least one internship experience.
CURRICULA FOR DEGREES IN PERFORMING ARTS