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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Contemporary Music, B.M.

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Professors: Diane Baxter, Kevin Helppie, Ike Nail, Kevin Walczyk
Associate professor: Dirk Freymuth
Assistant professor: James Reddan
Adviser: Dirk Freymuth


The Music Department offers comprehensive programs and services to students and the surrounding community, including professional and liberal arts degrees in music and an active schedule of performances. The department supports large and small ensembles in vocal and instrumental music and up-to-date facilities for electronic music production and recording. Course offerings lead to degrees with concentrations in composition, instrumental performance, vocal performance, jazz and popular music and pre-teaching.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate artistic proficiency for music careers such as performance, composition, writing, production, research and teaching.
  2. Possess an awareness of the role of music arts in society.
  3. Produce scholarly creative projects, solve professional problems independently and demonstrate a well-developed intellectual/ aesthetic focus.


All coursework in music must be met with a grade of C or better. Only one ensemble per term may be used to satisfy the MUEN requirement.

Music Performance

Concentrations require specific MUP courses. See areas of concentration for required courses.

*Must pass exit jury

Music Ensemble

Concentrations require specific MUEN courses. See areas of concentration for required courses.

Professional Development


Instrumental Performance, Jazz & Popular Music, and Vocal Performance Concentrations additionally require:

Choose Additional Focus or Concentration

Complete the Additional Focus or a Concentration, not both.


  • Composition Concentration requires MUS 236 .
  • Jazz and Popular Music Concentration requires MUS 243 .

Total Credits: 120

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