2012 – 2013
Office of Admissions
Emil H. Messikomer Hall
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised June 2012
110 Swope Music Building (Office of the Dean)
PROFESSORS: Ahramjian, Balthazar, Bedford, Burton, DeVenney, Grabb, Hanning, Maggio, Rimple
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Bullock, Cranmer, Dannessa, Dobrzelewski, Jacoby, Marinescu, McFarland, Onderdonk, Riley, Silverman, Stiefel
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Briselli, Craig, Fowler, Greenlee, Klinefelter, Lee, Lyons, Martin, Ng, Olesen, Pfaffle, Powell, Reighley, Resnianski, Scarlata, Sorrentino, Winters, Yozviak
INSTRUCTORS: Gaarder, Galante, Paulsen
The mission of the School of Music at West Chester University is to create a learning environment that provides the highest order of education in all major aspects of music, to establish a foundation for life-long growth in music, and to offer programs and degrees that are tradition based but future oriented. In pursuing this mission, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity within the School of Music. Our faculty members strive to be inspiring teachers as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the music opportunities available to all University students and to enhance the quality of our community's musical life.
NOTE: All candidates must bring music for the vocal, piano, and instrumental compositions they intend to perform.
Each candidate in performance must demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in the major area of performance as evidenced by the ability to perform compositions representing a variety of musical periods and styles, and must show potential as a professional performer. Memorization is required for pianists and vocalists. Each candidate in theory and composition or elective studies in an outside field must demonstrate an acceptable background in a major performing area; candidates in theory and composition must interview with the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition.
120 semester hours for all degree programs except B.M. - music education, which is 126 semester hours
The B.M. in MUSIC EDUCATION is a balanced program of general, specialized, and professional courses leading to qualification for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach general, instrumental, and choral music in the elementary and secondary schools of Pennsylvania. The Handbook for Students in Music - Undergraduate Division should be consulted for the current general and music requirements. See the “Teacher Certification Programs" section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements.
The B.M. in THEORY AND COMPOSITION offers extensive training to develop analytical skills leading to the comprehension of the structure and form of music of all styles and periods, and to develop creative skills enabling the student to write in a contemporary idiom and to develop an individual style.
*Minimum grade of C- required
The B.M. in PERFORMANCE is for students who demonstrate a high degree of ability on their chosen instrument and who desire to concentrate on developing that ability. Majors in the program should consult the Handbook for Students in Music - Undergraduate Division for the current general and music requirements.
The B.M. in MUSIC - ELECTIVE STUDIES IN AN OUTSIDE FIELD is designed for those students who desire a general music program while at the same time pursuing a secondary interest outside of the School of Music. The Handbook for Students in Music - Undergraduate Division should be consulted for the current general and music requirements.
This program is geared toward liberal arts students with an interest in music. To be enrolled, students must be approved by audition and have the permission of both their major adviser and the School of Music undergraduate coordinator.
This program is designed primarily for students currently enrolled in a music degree program. Students in other degree programs will be admitted if qualified. Students must have the permission of both their major adviser and the chairperson of the Department of Applied Music. The Handbook for Students in Music - Undergraduate Division should be consulted for current requirements.
This program is designed primarily for students currently enrolled in a music degree program. Students in other degree programs will be admitted if they qualify. Students must have the permission of both their major adviser and the chairperson of the Department of Music History.
Music majors may pursue courses toward certification in music therapy through a cooperative program with Immaculata University, located ten miles from West Chester. The Handbook for Students in Music - Undergraduate Division should be consulted for current requirements.
Chris Hanning, Chairperson
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J. Bryan Burton, Chairperson
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Robert Maggio, Chairperson
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