Faculty: J. Ayers, J. Ballard, M. Benson (Chair), J. Peterson
The faculty of the Department of Music, realizing the importance of the preservation of the arts, is committed to providing all Malone students with educational opportunities designed to stimulate an increasing awareness and interest in music. Because much of the essence of a culture is reflected in its music, we attempt to enhance cultural awareness through a variety of experiences in music. Study of music should cultivate an appreciation for music, encourage participation and employment in music, and provide opportunities for the development of the necessary skills for creation and evaluation of specific types of music. Experiences in music are available to both majors and non-majors as essential components of a liberal arts education. All students are encouraged to take courses in music as elective or supporting courses.
Malone University attempts to meet the varying needs of music students through two different majors: a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (with emphases available in general music, music ministry, and music production) and a Bachelor of Science degree with multi-age teaching licensure in music education . Both majors are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). A music minor is also offered. Students selecting the music major should declare this upon entering Malone University or at the earliest possible date. They must take placement tests in music theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills. Those students not placing into MUS 155 - Music Theory I and MUS 165 - Aural Skills I are required to enroll in MUS 121 - Music Theory Fundamentals which adds three credit hours to the total program requirements. Prospective majors in music or music education also must audition in the principal applied area. Auditions and examinations are scheduled through the department’s administrative assistant and must be completed by July 1.
All majors in music or music education must participate in recital attendance and an approved ensemble each semester of enrollment. (Music education majors are exempt from the ensemble requirement during their student teaching semester.) Music and music education majors must also enroll in MUS 250 Studio Class during any semester in which applied music study is undertaken. A handbook with the description of these and other requirements is available in the department office.
The Department of Music requires a grade of C- or higher in all courses in the music majors, minor, or cognate. Music or music education majors receiving a grade lower than C- will be permitted a one-time repeat of a course.
Students pursuing the Music Education major must maintain a minimum 2.75 major and cumulative GPA to progress through the teacher licensure program. Candidates are required to earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) for all EDUC and SPED courses and may repeat a course only once. To register for education courses at the 300 level or above, acceptance into Teacher Education is required. See details of the assessment requirements and criteria for teacher licensure programs in the School of Education and Human Development . Music Education majors must also pass the piano proficiency, be approved for applied study at the 300 level, and pass the sophomore review to be accepted into the major.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students should comprehend the central concepts that emphasizes the elements and principles of the fine arts and the historical context of music and come to an understanding on how to prepare themselves to be performers, teachers, church musicians, and entrants into music industry positions.
- Students should apply the principles of inquiry and experimentation that give way to understanding, knowledge, and application for a variety of musical styles.
- Students should participate in experiences that are characterized by musical excellence, and solidify musical skill and aesthetic expression in order to provide musical events which enhance the cultural life of the Malone community, the greater Canton community and the broader Malone constituency.
- Students should gain an understanding of their responsibility for stewardship in the fine arts and learn to use their musical talent to express their Christian faith.
ProgramsCertificationUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
Private lessons in piano, voice, organ, guitar, orchestral instruments, conducting, or composition may be elected by any student who qualifies. A minimum of six hours of practice per week is required for each 30-minute lesson. See the Music Handbook available in the department office for further details regarding applied music and related fees.MusicMusic Production