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Music: Fast Facts


  • Successful Teacher Preparation & Placement (over 90% placement rate)
  • Student-success oriented faculty and curriculum
  • Comprehensive education in music (pedagogy, literature, history, theory, and performance)
  • Service to the university General Education program
  • Provide cultural opportunities to the community


  • B.S. Ed. in Music Education (Certification K-12 Instrumental and Vocal) – 120cr.
    • Collaborative degree with College of Education & Human Services
    • Broad certification allows graduates to compete for any music position available
    • High certification standards allow graduates to transfer certification readily to neighboring states
    • Ample pre-service observation and teaching opportunities
    • Numerous extracurricular learning possibilities (workshops, conferences, clinics, etc.)
    • Performance audition required - all band/orchestral instruments, voice, piano (no guitar or organ)
  • Music Minor – 18-21 cr.


  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


  • Average student-faculty ration = 12:1 (many music courses are lower)
    • Plenty of personal attention and individualized instruction
  • All taught by faculty – no Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Areas of coverage
    • Music Theory/Aural Skills
    • Music History
    • Instrumental/Vocal Techniques
    • Conducting
    • Music teaching methods/pedagogy courses
    • Applied Music
  • Most music courses are open to majors and non-majors, capacity permitting
  • Friendly, nurturing, supportive, non-competitive learning environment


  • Enrollment – 45 majors and 20 minors
  • Ave SAT = 1000 (Does not include the Writing portion)
  • 100% “Pass” rate on Praxis II exam for graduates
  • Majority have had 0-2 years private instruction on their instrument/voice
  • Majority are first family member to attend college
  • Very friendly, caring, & generous
  • Student Organizations (open to all members of the university, unless noted)
    • Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma - service organizations
    • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Men's social fraternity
    • Sigma Alpha Iota - Women's honorary sorority
    • MENC, ACDA – professionally-affiliated groups
    • Music Student Advisory Council – representative music student group (music majors only)


  • 7 full-time; 2 part-time
  • All full-time faculty have terminal degree in music
  • Faculty teach all courses – no Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Faculty serve as academic advisors
  • Active professionals (research, presentations, publications, performance)
  • Student-centered focus to instruction


  • Large and small/chamber instrumental and choral ensembles
    • Large
    • Small/Chamber
      • Chamber Singers
      • Jazz Band
      • Percussion Ensemble
      • Brass Ensembles
      • Woodwind Ensembles
  • Ensemble participation is required of majors & minors
  • All ensembles are open to university and community
    • ** Some ensembles may require audition prior to enrollment **
  • Instruments are available for loan through the department


  • Two performance halls
    • Marwick-Boyd Auditorium (1600 seats)
    • Hart Chapel Theatre (300 seats)
  • Technology Lab (PC-based workstations)
  • SmartMusic Studio
  • SmartClassroom
  • Digital Piano Lab
  • 14 practice rooms, each with a piano (open to all university and community members)
  • Chamber rehearsal room
  • Listening-Resource Lab