Professors Boudreaux (Department Chair) and Caldwell ; Associate Professor Armstrong; Senior Lecturers Eckard, Engler, Kirkpatrick, and Kreider; Lecturer Byrd, Adjunct Lecturers Anderson, Currie, Dix, Duree, Fleming, Griffith, Hooks, Horneff, Jenkins, Lortz, Markovic, Murray, Niles, Reider, Ryon, Seligman, Swan, Tung, and Wirth.
Areas of particular teaching interest: Professor Boudreaux: choir, conducting, music history, the course Music, Mind, and Brain; Professor Armstrong: music history, world music, early music; Professor Caldwell: theory and composition; Professor Byrd: gospel choir, jazz piano; Professor Eckard: jazz, electric bass; Professor Engler: voice; Professor Kreider: piano; Professor Kirkpatrick: band, flute, chamber music, conducting.
The Music Department provides opportunities for both the major and non-major student to develop their musical talents by offering courses for both disciplined growth and creative development. Recitals and concerts are performed each semester by faculty, students, and such organizations as the College Choir, Band, Jazz Ensemble, and various other performance ensembles.
College policy limits the number of credit hours taken in vocal and instrumental ensembles such as MUE 1101-1125 to eight of the 128 hours required for graduation.
Other Educational Options in Music: The department also offers a minor in Music, minor in Jazz Studies, teacher certification in Music (P-12, either choral or instrumental), specializations in Music Theory and Composition, Music History and Literature and a dual major in Music and Theatre.
Music majors may graduate with honors if they fulfill the following requirements:
- Maintain a 3.50 GPA in all music courses.
- Complete a special project to be connected with the senior recital, which must produce a written document. This project may take the form of a lecture-recital, composition and/or arrangement (see Concentration in Theory and Composition), or a research paper.
- The student is required to work closely with an advisor on the project, and must formally declare the intent to pursue the project with that advisor and the Department Chair by the mid-terms of the semester before the semester of the recital. A formal proposal must be approved by the advisor and chair by the end of that semester. Interested students are encouraged to talk with their advisor about this as soon as possible.
Final decision regarding honors status will be based on an acceptable level of quality of the project as determined by the advisor and department chair.