Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. Students will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.
AUDITIONS AND ADMISSION TO MUSIC CURRICULA
All students intending to pursue a major or minor in music or participate in an ensemble must complete the Music Placement Hearings during Fall Orientation prior to beginning study. Each student will then be counseled into the appropriate courses. All music majors must demonstrate proficiency in basic keyboard skills. Those who lack this preparation upon entering must take Keyboard Fundamentals for 0 credits every term until all five areas of the proficiency requirement are passed. All music majors must pass the piano proficiency requirement before enrolling in Senior Project 351-352.
Admission to a particular curriculum as a music major is conferred by the music faculty after the completion of MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.) or, in the case of students with advanced standing, after one semester of study at Maryville College. Contact the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts for details.
French or German is recommended as the foreign language choice for singers and students planning graduate work in music.
For more information, please contact Ashley Abbott, recruiter for the Fine Arts Division.
Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in music theory, ethnomusicology, and the history of American and Western fine arts music
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in keyboard, aural skills, improvisation, and use of electronic technology in music
- Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in at least one area of applied music, together with a knowledge of repertory
- Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in ensembles, together with a knowledge of repertory
- Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills necessary for professional degrees in performance (piano and voice) and music education (vocal/general and instrumental)
- Establish composite knowledge and skills necessary for the pursuit of graduate study and/or a musical career suited to the student's talents and desires