Music

Mission. The Swinney Conservatory of Music combines professional training, academic excellence, and quality musical experiences in an environment distinguished by small classes and one-on-one instruction.

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 three degree programs for students preparing for a career in music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education). All three 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, the student must:

  1. show promise of being able to present a "cred-itable 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, the student must:

  1. show promise as a recitalist and/or a graduate student in Music;
  2. demonstrate the capability to prepare a half jun-ior 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, the student must:

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

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. 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. 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 en-roll 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 be-fore 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 Music 060.

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 at-tend required number of recitals each semester.

CMU has six student organizations for Music:

  • American Choral Directors Association-student chapter (advisors: Dr. Ron Atteberry and Dr. Claude Westfall).
  • 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).
  • Percussion Society (advisor: Prof. Skip Vandelicht).
  • 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).
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international fraternity for women in music. A student must have high scho-lastic standing and must have taken or enrolled in a music class to be eligible for membership (advisor: Dr. Dori Waggoner).
  • 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).
 
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