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The Department of Music provides students with access to quality music instruction, opportunities, and services.

We prepare students for graduate school and employment by offering curricula leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and Recording Arts, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.

MEET FACULTY

MAJORS:

  • Music (B.A.)
  • Music Composition & Recording Arts (B.M.)
  • Music Education: Instrumental (B.S.)
  • Music Education: Choral (B.S.)
  • Vocal Performance & Pedagogy (B.M.)

MINORS:

  • Music

SOME COURSES YOU MAY TAKE:

MU 170 : Introduction to Music Technology

An introduction to audio recording technique based on Pro Tools, including survey of popular music software and hardware. Software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, and PowerPoint is included. Assignments include vocal recordings, creating short fi lm soundtracks and practical use of software tools. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

3 HOURS

MU 230 : Principles of Teaching Music Education

A basic survey course designed to give the prospective teacher an understanding of the principles of music teaching and learning. The procedures employed will be the organization, motivation, and management of preschool-12 instrumental, vocal/choral, and general music. Opportunities are provided by observing, assisting, conducting, playing, singing, and participating in laboratory activities.

2 HOURS

MU 323 : History of African-American Music

A study of the history of African-American music from 1619 through the present day. Focuses upon the socio-historical context in which popular music, folk music, classical music, and religious music evolved. Topics include the spiritual, blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, and contemporary music, as well as women in music. Open to non-music majors. No technical knowledge required. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: EN 112

3 HOURS

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Being able to perfect my craft under the instruction of professors that ask the Lord for guidance in their musical endeavors and teach us to apply certain aspects of our spiritual life to our music is such a blessing. Also being able to witness my professors and peers achieve their goals while completely relying on the Lord and watching the Lord bring them to a certain point in their careers is nothing short of spectacular. I have been able to learn so much about myself as a musician here at Oakwood. There are many things about music that I didn’t know until I arrived here and began to study; but once I started applying all aspects of music to my harp studies, I was able to open a lot of avenues that I didn’t even know existed within myself, as well as doors to various performing, recording and teaching opportunities. The environment in my department is very inviting, we encourage each other to be the best that we can be, knowing that the music world beyond the comfortable walls of Oakwood is very competitive, and here we can be ourselves, nurturing our musical gifts and our relationship with God, the giver of our gifts”.

Mallory McHenry
BA in Music: Harp Performance