Career Opportunities Graduate studies in arts in health care (Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Counseling, Gerontology), Business (Music Industry, Arts Management), Mass Communication, Theatre, or Music (Performance, Opera, Studio teaching, Church music).
Course of Study This degree provides a comprehensive study in music, as well as a choice of an 18-24 semester hour concentration or minor in an identified discipline: Business, Health Science, Mass Communication, Music or approved alternative field. This program is appropriate for undergraduates who wish to major in music as part of a liberal arts program, irrespective of specific career aspirations. At the same time, the supplemental concentration, especially if further enhanced by a wise choice of additional electives, affords opportunity for graduate and/or vocational opportunities in fields integrating with, or independent of, music. Full-time students must register for a performing ensemble each semester they are enrolled, as assigned by the director of music. All music majors are required to attend a designated number of concerts and recitals each semester.
The Mission of the Department of Music “In the Department of Music, we provide students the ability to learn, perform and teach extraordinary music - and her related disciplines - at the bachelor’s level, post-graduate level and, ultimately, the master’s level. Our graduates advance in their professions by focusing on scholarship in all the liberal arts, technical and artistic proficiency in their particular fields, the latest pedagogical techniques, high-quality artistic expression and critical and thorough self-reflection. We also strive to integrate the life of the Department of Music into the Brenau community and into the larger civic milieu by means of performing, teaching, service leadership and global citizenship.”
Standing Goals: A comprehensive and challenging curriculum that
- Develops an historical and global perspective
- Develops reasoning and critical thinking skills
- Develops an appreciation for artistic expression and expansion of imaginative powers, while also deepening reflection and self-awareness
- Develops strong written and oral communication skills, as well as proficiency in secondary languages
- Leads to accelerated and continual learning and discovery that leads to graduate education
- Leads to international and interdisciplinary experiences
Audition and Placement All students who wish to major in music must audition before acceptance into the music major program. Auditions are held at designated periods throughout the year as well as by appointment. Most performing ensembles also require auditions; these auditions may coincide with the entrance audition or may be held at a separate time. Students will be placed in applied lessons and music courses of the appropriate level based on their entrance audition and diagnostic evaluation. Students who do not meet the skill requirements to begin degree credit courses will register for the appropriate prerequisite courses. Upon completion of each course, students who demonstrate the skill necessary for advancement will be permitted to enroll at the next level of study. If not, they will be expected to continue in designated courses at their level of technique until they are qualified to advance. Music and Music Education majors must pass a Sophomore Proficiency demonstrating technical competency in their major instrument before being permitted to enroll in upper division courses.
Core Expected Outcomes
- CELO 1: (Creative/Artistic Expression) Students will appreciate artistry and be able to express themselves creatively. They will demonstrate competency for artistic self-expression in chosen primary instrument.
- CELO 2: (Reasoning skills Core Competency) Students will be able to think critically, analyzing issues and situations to arrive at reasonable conclusions. They will demonstrate competency through written and aural music theory skills.
- They will demonstrate this by using technology as it relates to music theory, music history, performance, analysis, and research.
- CELO 3A: (Writing Core Competency) Students will appreciate artistry and be able to express themselves creatively.
- CELO 3B: (Oral Core Competency) Students will be able to express themselves with oral communication.
- CELO 4: (Creative/Artistic Expression) Students will appreciate artistry and be able to express themselves creatively. They will demonstrate competency through playing the piano bypassing all or portion of the Piano Proficiency Exam.
- CELO 5: (Reasoning Skills Core Competency) Students will be able to think critically, analyzing issues and situations to arrive at reasonable conclusions. They will demonstrate the ability to use technology as it relates to music theory, music history, performance, analysis, and research.
- CELO 6: (Global Perspective) Students will be aware of global issues and their significance. They will gain experience and familiarity with global issues by attending departmentally pre-selected programs. The students will demonstrate that gained awareness through written reflection papers.
- CELO 7: (Reasoning Skills Core Competency) Students will be able to think critically, analyzing issues and situations to arrive at reasonable conclusions. This will be demonstrated through musical analysis.