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Department of Music  

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Patricia D. Lust, Chair
Brenda Clark, Secretary

The mission of the Music Department is to educate students in the discipline of music and to provide quality, practical musical experiences for them. Our primary goals are preparing music majors for professional careers in music and providing all interested students and members of the community with experiences which will enhance their appreciation and understanding of music. 

Our specific objectives are the following:  

to prepare students to teach in the public schools (K-12) in vocal, instrumental and general music

to prepare students for graduate or further professional study in music

to provide quality musical experiences for the music minors and general education students

to provide a variety of performance opportunities for the music majors, other qualified Longwood students and members of the community

to present high quality musical events for the campus and community

The Department of Music offers courses leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts degree with concentration in Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in one of the following areas: Education, Performance (voice, piano, organ, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion), Piano Pedagogy, or Composition.  Common to each degree is a basic music core outlined in the specific degree plans that follow.  

Music majors must meet the following requirements:  

1.  Each incoming Freshman music major or transfer student must audition and interview with the music faculty.  A non-keyboard major must take a keyboard placement examination in order to determine his/her level of piano proficiency.
   
         2.  Every music major is required to enroll in an ensemble for credit each semester.  For vocal majors that ensemble will be Concert Choir or Camerata Singers and for instrumental majors that ensemble will be Concert Band.  Keyboard majors may choose from the three, depending upon abilities and professional track.
   
         3.  Students pursuing the B.M. degree in Performance are required to present a half Junior recital and a full Senior recital.  Students pursuing the B.M. degree in Piano Pedagogy are required to present a minimum of a half Junior Recital and half Senior Recital.  Students pursuing the B.M. in the Education concentration are required to present a minimum of a half Senior recital.  Students pursuing the B.M. in Composition are required to present a half recital of original works and a half recital in the applied area.  Students pursuing the B.A. in Music are required to present a half Senior recital or approved Senior project.
             4.  All music majors must complete a piano proficiency examination prior to graduation.  Students pursuing education degrees must complete the proficiency prior to student teaching.

                The amount of credit in applied music that may be transferred from other institutions will be determined through evaluation of the student's ability by the Music faculty.
                The Department of Music also offers a Minor in Music, a program which requires the successful completion of 20 credits in music.  Those credits are earned in theoretical studies, history and literature, applied secondary study, and in music ensembles.
               
The department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.  

Assessment
In addition to the Longwood Admission application, students are admitted to the music major on the basis of an in-person audition and interview with the Music Faculty.  Students majoring in music are carefully assessed in performance each semester during their college careers by a jury examination in performance administered by the Music Faculty who make written commentary which is then discussed with the student by the applied instructor in a follow-up conference.  Prior to the presentation of Junior and Senior recitals, a Recital Hearing is performed for the Music Faculty who make written commentary which is discussed in a follow-up conference.  Continuing students who apply for scholarship assistance are auditioned and interviewed by the Music Faculty.  

MUSIC DEGREE PROGRAMS 

Faculty
All music faculty teach in each of the music degree programs listed below.
Charles E. Kinzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music
Lisa B. Kinzer, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Music
Patricia D. Lust, D.M., Professor of Music
W. Bruce Montgomery, Ph.D., Professor of Music
Gordon L. Ring, D.Mus.A., Associate Professor of Music
Joel Schoenhals, D.Mus.A., Assistant Professor of Music
Donald L. Trott, D.Mus.A., Associate Professor of Music
Thomas A. Williams, M.M., Associate Professor of Music  

BACHELOR OF ARTS, Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration in Music
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration in Education
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration in Performance
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration in Piano Pedagogy
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration in Composition
MINOR IN MUSIC

MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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