Music

Mission Statement

The faculty of the Swinney Conservatory are committed to facilitating student growth.  Daily, we create opportunities for engaged students to develop musical maturity, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to the community.

Our graduates demonstrate professional and musical excellence, creative and analytical thinking, articulate and thoughtful communication, and a commitment to service and leadership.

The Conservatory serves three constituencies:  scholar-musicians preparing for a career in music, students participating in music as an additional dimension to their studies, and those who participate in music to increase their knowledge and aesthetic sensitivity.

Music Program Outcomes
  1. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and technical skills necessary to pursue music as a profession and/or post graduate study. 
  2. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and academic skills in Music History and Literature sufficient to pursue music as a profession and/or post graduate study. Capstone: MU423 American Music
  3. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and performance skills in three areas: 1. Playing reference instruments (piano and guitar) with a level of proficiency necessary for demonstration and teaching. 2. Playing or singing skills sufficient for small and large ensemble participation. 3. Play or singing skills sufficient for performing a creditable public recital.
  4. Students will acquire proficient conducting skills, develop an understanding of psychology and pedagogy, and will demonstrate sufficient synthesis of the knowledge and skills of music making to begin a teaching career or enter post-graduate study. 
Music Education Program Outcomes

Students will acquire:

  • Body of knowledge and technical skills necessary to pursue music as a profession and/or post-graduate study. Discovering, analyzing, and creating music and the skills necessary to communicate effectively orally and in writing are key to developing mastery of this thread.
  • Body of knowledge and academic preparation sufficient to pursue music as a profession and/or post-graduate study. Discovering, analyzing, and creating music and the skills necessary to communicate effectively orally and in writing are key to achieving this thread.

Performance Skills

  • Instrument/voice skills sufficient for satisfactory small and large ensemble participation
  • Instrument/voice skills at a level sufficient for creditable public performance by one who professes music
  • Reference instruments proficient for demonstration and teaching

Conducting skills, understanding of psychology and pedagogy, sufficient synthesis of the knowledge and skills of music making to begin a teaching career or enter post-graduate study. Leading and teaching require effective communication, curiosity about the subject matter and pedagogy, and service, respect, and leadership of the community.


Goals. The Conservatory serves three constituencies: Students preparing for a career in music, students participating in music as an artistic dimension to their studies, and those who participate in music to increase their knowledge and aesthetic sensitivity. The Swinney Conservatory of Music enhances the quality of life in the Fayette community and in the college community by presenting all solo recitals and ensemble concerts free of charge and open to the public.

Accreditation. The Central Methodist University, Swinney Conservatory of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1950.

Baccalaureate Degrees in Music. The Swinney Conservatory offers four degree programs for students preparing for a career in music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music-Performance (Voice or Piano), Bachelor Music-Music Ministry, Bachelor of Music Education). All four degree programs are designed to give excellent preparation for a profession or for entry into graduate studies. The Conservatory also offers an academic minor in music. Students elect the degree program which best suits individual life-long goals. Students who major in fields other than music have the opportunity to participate in all ensembles and to enroll for applied study. All music participants are provided multiple solo and ensemble performance opportunities.

Entry-Level Audition. Each degree-seeking student must complete an entry-level audition. This audition should be completed at the end of the first semester of study. The auditioning committee will prepare a memorandum stating the degree sought and its findings. The committee will distribute its findings to the student, the student's advisor, and the Dean of the Conservatory. A student who fails the entry-level audition must audition again the following semester.

Upper-Level Review. Prior to enrolling for 300-level Music credit, each student must pass an upper-level audition and review. The faculty of the Conservatory will prepare a memorandum stating the degree sought and its findings. The faculty will consider general musicianship, academic progress (MoGEA scores, GPA, and piano proficiency), professional promise as well as performance ability in reaching its findings. The faculty will distribute its findings to the student, the student's advisor, the chair of the Division of Professional Education, if appropriate, and the Dean of the Conservatory. Students who have not passed all portions of the Upper-Level Review by their sixth semester of residence will be dropped from the Music program.

Upper-Level Review Criteria

For the BME the student must:

  1. have a passing grade on a competency based (MoGEA) exam covering writing, grammar, social sciences, mathematics, and scientific reasoning (required by the state for all students seeking teacher certification). The results are reported by the testing service and a copy is placed in CMU Division of Professional Education files;
  2. have successfully completed the first four semesters of the Music academic sequence (MU150, 107, 117, 108, 118, 207, and 217); and
  3. have progress in Math and English courses, with attention to ACT subscores.

For the BA and BM, the student must have successfully completed the first four semesters of the Music academic sequence (MU 129, 150, 107, 117, 108, 118, 207, and 217).

Upper-Level Criteria Review: Performance

For the BME and BM (music ministry) the student must:

  1. show promise of being able to present a "creditable public" half senior recital and sufficient personal musicianship and be able to sustain a part in an ensemble and perform incidental solos as part of a large ensemble;
  2. have passed MU129 Guitar; and
  3. have passed Piano Proficiency.

For the BM (performance), the student must:

  1. show promise as a recitalist and/or a graduate student in Music;
  2. demonstrate the capability to prepare a half junior recital, a full senior recital, and sufficient personal musicianship as to be able to sustain a part in an ensemble and perform incidental solos as part of a large ensemble;
  3. have passed MU129 Guitar; and
  4. have passed Piano Proficiency

For the BA, the student must:

  1. show the capability of developing a creditable major instrument;
  2. have passed MU129 Guitar; and
  3. have passed Piano Proficiency

Upper-Level Criteria Review: Pedagogy

For the BME, the student must:

  1. have passed MU214 Conducting;
  2. have successfully completed ED101 Introduction to Teaching and ED102 Practicum (with a grade of "C" or better in no more than two attempts to pass ED102); and
  3. have passed the pedagogy courses for their area of concentration (E.G. Trumpet Class, Brass Techniques, String Techniques, or Diction for Singers and Choral Literature).

For the BM: performance, the student must:

  1. have passed MU214 Conducting;
  2. have completed a foreign language; and
  3. have completed Diction for Singers.

For the BM (music ministry), the student must:

  1. have passed MU214 Conducting;
  2. have passed the courses for their area of concentration (e.g.  Fundamentals of Music Technology, Advanced Music Technology, Worship Design and Music Business. 

For the BA, the student must:

  1. have passed MU214 Conducting; and
  2. have completed a foreign language.

Upper-Level Criteria Review: Academic Standards

For the BME, the student must have the following minimum GPA prior to student teaching and graduation: at least a 2.75 GPA overall, a 3.0 GPA in the content area, and a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses with no grade lower than a "C" in Music pedagogy and Professional Education courses. For the BA and BM, the student must have a 2.0 GPA overall.

Applied Music (ML). Applied Music means individual study through private lessons. Those enrolled in one credit hour of applied music are required to take one 30-minute private lesson per week. Those enrolled in two or more credit hours are required to take two 30-minute lessons per week. Students are only allowed to enroll in applied music lessons with the permission of the instructor and are advised to consult with a representative of the Conservatory of Music in the music office to determine appropriate course number for registration. All students enrolled in applied music are required to take a jury examination at the end of each semester.

Recitals. B.M. (performance) degree candidates in performance are required to present a half recital during the Junior year and an hour recital during the Senior year. B.M.E. and B.M. (music ministry) degree candidates are required to present a half recital during the Senior year. An examination will precede every such recital by at least two weeks.

Piano Proficiency. Music majors must continuously enroll in piano class or applied piano until the piano proficiency requirement is passed. Students must pass the proficiency exam in order to receive a passing grade in the fourth and subsequent semesters of piano study. The piano proficiency exam must be passed in its entirety before a BME student may enter the student teaching block.

Small Ensembles. Each student enrolled in applied music (private lessons) is expected to learn and to perform literature for small ensembles. Credit may be earned by enrolling in Chamber Ensembles.

Recital Attendance. Recitals are an integral part of private study at Central Methodist University. Therefore, all students enrolled in applied music are required to con-currently enroll in MU010 (Recital Attendance) and to attend required number of recitals each semester.

CMU has five student organizations for Music:

  1. National Association for Music Education-Collegiate (NAfME-C) is a national organization of students interested in professional development in the field of music education (advisors: Prof. Skip Vandelicht and Dr. Claude Westfall).
  2. Percussion Society (advisor: Prof. Skip Vandelicht).
  3. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national professional music fraternity for men of the Professional Inter-fraternity Conference and the National Music Conference (advisor: Prof. Skip Vandelicht).
  4. Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international fraternity for women in music. A student must have high scholastic standing and must have taken or enrolled in a music class to be eligible for membership (advisor: Dr. Dori Waggoner).
  5. Student-National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS) has fostered the formation of student chapters in order to advance knowledge about the professions of teaching and singing. The Student NATS chapter is an organization of students who can meet, hold events and discussions, participate, practice, and learn more about voice teaching as a profession and singing (advisor: Dr. Susan Quigley-Duggan).

 

Majors and Minors

Major Minor

BMus with Cert. in Instrumental Music BMus with Cert. in Vocal or Choral Music Music Minor
Courses

Choral Literature - Choral Literature - 2 Semester Hours

ML100 - Lower Level Private Study - 1 Semester Hours

ML300 - Upper Level Private Study - 3 Semester Hours

MU010 - Recital Attendance - 1 Semester Hours

MU021 - Marching Eagles Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU022 - Concert Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU024 - University Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU041 - Chorale - 1 Semester Hours

MU045 - Conservatory Singers - 1 Semester Hours

MU051 - Instrumental Jazz Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU060 - Opera Workshop - 1 Semester Hours

MU061 - Brass Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU063 - Women's Vocal Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU064 - Woodwind Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU065 - Men's Vocal Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU066 - Jazz Combo - 1 Semester Hours

MU067 - Chapel Voice - 1 Semester Hours

MU068 - Chapel Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU071 - Accompanying - 1 Semester Hours

MU104 - Orientation for Music Transfers - 1 Semester Hours

MU105 - Fundamentals of Music Technology - 2 Semester Hours

MU107 - The Theory and Practice of Music I - 3 Semester Hours

MU108 - The Theory and Practice of Music II - 3 Semester Hours

MU109 - Music Business - 2 Semester Hours

MU117 - Aural Skills I - 2 Semester Hours

MU118 - Aural Skills II - 1 Semester Hours

MU122 - String Techniques - 1 Semester Hours

MU124 - Percussion Techniques - 1 Semester Hours

MU127 - Trumpet Class - 1 Semester Hours

MU128 - Clarinet Class - 1 Semester Hours

MU129 - Guitar Techniques - 1 Semester Hours

MU131 - Keyboard Techniques I - 1 Semester Hours

MU132 - Keyboard Techniques II - 1 Semester Hours

MU141 - Learning to Sing - 1 Semester Hours

MU143 - Learning to Sing II - 1 Semester Hours

MU145 - History of Jazz - 3 Semester Hours

MU146 - Group Voice Class - 1 Semester Hours

MU150 - Introduction to Western Music - 2 Semester Hours

MU160 - Special Problems - 1 Semester Hours

MU188 - Music Appreciation - The World of Music - 3 Semester Hours

MU190 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

MU202 - Musical Theater and Opera on DVD-Video - 3 Semester Hours

MU203 - Advanced Music Technology - 2 Semester Hours

MU204 - Worship Design - 3 Semester Hours

MU207 - The Theory and Practice of Music III - 3 Semester Hours

MU214 - Basic Conducting - 2 Semester Hours

MU217 - Aural Skills III - 1 Semester Hours

MU223 - Woodwind Techniques - 1 Semester Hours

MU223 - Brass Techniques - 1 Semester Hours

MU231 - Keyboard Techniques III - 1 Semester Hours

MU232 - Keyboard Techniques IV - 1 Semester Hours

MU241 - Diction for Singers - 3 Semester Hours

MU260 - Special Problems - 3 Semester Hours

MU268 - Internship and Field Experiences - 3 Semester Hours

MU290 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

MU301 - Marching Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU302 - Concert Band - 1 Semester Hours

MU303 - Chorale - 1 Semester Hours

MU304 - Conservatory Singers - 1 Semester Hours

MU305 - Jazz Ensemble - 1 Semester Hours

MU310 - Commercial/Jazz MusicTheory - 3 Semester Hours

MU311 - Commercial - Jazz Arranging - 2 Semester Hours

MU314 - Advanced Conducting-Choral - 2 Semester Hours

MU316 - Choral Techniques - 2 Semester Hours

MU317 - Advanced Conducting - Instrumental - 2 Semester Hours

MU321 - Music History I - 3 Semester Hours

MU322 - Music History II - 3 Semester Hours

MU335 - Instrumentation - 2 Semester Hours

MU337 - Choral Arranging - 2 Semester Hours

MU341 - Advanced Diction - 3 Semester Hours

MU357 - A-B-C Repertoire - 2 Semester Hours

MU358 - A-B-D Studio Pedagogy - 2 Semester Hours

MU360 - Special Problems - 3 Semester Hours

MU368 - Internship and Field Experiences - 3 Semester Hours

MU380 - Senior Thesis - 3 Semester Hours

MU390 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

MU391 - Junior Recital - 1 Semester Hours

MU401 - Worship/Commercial Music Rehearsal Techniques - 2 Semester Hours

MU407 - Analysis of Contemporary Music - 3 Semester Hours

MU423 - American Music - 2 Semester Hours

MU465 - Form and Analysis - 2 Semester Hours

MU468 - Music Internship - 2 Semester Hours

MU471 - Composition I - 2 Semester Hours

MU492 - Senior Recital - 1 Semester Hours

Last updated: 11/04/2020