Offered by the Department of Music
Professors: Boston, Brennan, Dettwiler, Kim, Monkelien, Murphy
Associate Professors: Dodson-Webster, Jacobsen, Laib, Moulton, Rinnert (chairperson), Walters
Assistant Professors: Ranney, Rose
The Mansfield University Department of Music provides an environment that promotes academic, musical and personal growth as well as intellectual, ethical and aesthetic values. The department serves the regional, national and international communities by developing human and material resources. The Department of Music is committed to stimulating a continuous pursuit of knowledge, understanding and skills by students and faculty.
The Music Department offers two degrees and four majors: The B.A. degree with a major in Music, the B.M. degree with a major in Music Education, the B.M. degree with a major in Music Performance with three areas of concentration (Instrumental, Vocal, and Keyboard), and a B.M. degree with two areas of concentration (Elective Studies in Business and an Emphasis in Music Technology). Please refer to the department website (http://music.mansfield.edu) for audition information and other entrance requirements.
The Elective Studies in Business and Emphasis in Music Technology concentrations are designed to help prepare young musicians for careers in music and the music industry in a wide range of fields, including arts management and promotion, music products merchandising, publishing, music technology, multimedia, or studio recording and production.
The concentration with Elective Studies in Business combines professional studies in music with an 18-credit block of electives in business. Students may follow one of three tracks that follow the same requirements as defined by the Business department for minors in business administration, management, or marketing.
The concentration with and Emphasis in Music Technology combines professional studies in music with coursework in computer-based music notation, electronic music, recording, and studio production techniques. Additional coursework is drawn from the Communications and Computer Information Science departments in order to develop the student’s basic understanding of mass media and relevant computer technologies.
Students in both concentrations take Survey of Music Business and complete the degree with a 14-week internship in a music industry area of the student’s interest or intended employment. The internship is normally done during the final semester or summer after all other course work has been completed.
The Music Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Mission, Vision, and Values
Mission: The Faculty of the Mansfield University Music Department are dedicated to the development of musical excellence in all aspects of our programs. It is the primary mission of the music teacher education program (within the teacher education unit at Mansfield University) to prepare educators to serve the region, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Our graduates will be able to make reflective decisions that are grounded in accepted theory, research, and practice. These decisions will enable the teacher to adapt instruction to individual student differences and to changing conditions within schools and society. (Revised May 15, 2014)
Vision: The music teacher education program at Mansfield University prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be reflective teachers who believe all students can learn and help them to do so. These reflective and highly effective education professionals seek to contribute positively to their schools, districts, and communities. They utilize the activities of listening to, respond to, creating, and performing music to teach musical knowledge and skills, aesthetic awareness, and appreciation of diversity across cultures. (Revised May 15, 2014)
Values: Teacher education programs at Mansfield University advance the theme, Teacher as Reflective Decision-Maker. The undergraduate programs derive from a knowledge base and conceptual framework based on Danielson’s Four Domains of Effective Teaching - Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. Candidates are prepared to teach in accordance with the professional standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and of national teacher education societies. In addition to this, the music teacher education program place an emphasis on the following:
1. We will promote character. Our faculty and students will exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior, incorporating respect for self, others and our surroundings. We will devote ourselves to the holistic development of individuals, fostering personal accountability, honesty and advocacy through character education. Courage, integrity, and honor exemplify our core values. As the art of music demands honesty and integrity, so too will we expect our department to promote and encourage these values in all we do.
2. We will foster scholarship. We will model a life of intellectual curiosity, celebrating the creation and dissemination of new ideas in music. We will embrace the use of rigorous, responsible and critical inquiry to understand, acquire and share knowledge. We apply what we learn by recognizing that each of us is both student and teacher engaged in the continuous pursuit of learning. We will therefore maintain a faculty dedicated to the highest standards in teaching, musical performance and scholarship.
3. We will enhance culture. We will serve and lead the region and beyond in promoting diversity and cultural awareness through music. We will accomplish this mission by vigorously engaging with one another, capitalizing on the gifts bestowed on our community through the arts, and celebrating our similarities and differences. Through open discourse and performance, we will create meaningful experiences that compel us towards understanding and compassion for all humanity.
4. We will advocate service. Knowledge invests us with the power to improve our world and the responsibility to act. We will be engaged in our community. Our students, faculty and staff will partake in volunteerism and service activities as a natural outgrowth of the University Mission in order to impact lives now and in the future. We encourage and actively promote on our campus and surrounding community an awareness of the importance of the role of music in the enrichment of the human spirit. (Revised May 15, 2014)
- To prepare competent musicians, who are able to function in the career area of their choice, in an environment that promotes academic and personal growth as well as intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic values.
- To offer music courses, ensembles, applied music instruction and concerts to the university community.
- To maintain a diversified faculty with expertise appropriate to curricular needs.
- To develop music awareness in the community.
Program Outcomes for all Music Degree Programs
- Students will perform effectively and musically in their primary performance area. This will include proficiency in skills requisite for artistic self-expression, an overview understanding of the relevant repertoire and demonstrated ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertory.
- Students will be fluent in reading music notation, not only as pertains to their primary performance area, but also from full scores, the clefs and transpositions those scores utilize, and contemporary notational techniques.
- Students will utilize analytic techniques to effectively describe the large and small-scale structures of music in such a way as to reveal relevant and important information about the score.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of western music and listen critically to a varied repertoire of music-effectively describing the use of musical elements and expressive devices using advanced technical vocabulary. These descriptions will include identification of historical periods, genres, and interdisciplinary connections within a historical context.
- Students will perform in ensembles and be effective, musical and constructive members of musical groups. Successful participation in musical ensembles includes leading small and large groups and working with others to create musically coherent performances.
- Students will compose effective musical works that demonstrate an understanding of basic musical elements, including notation, form and harmonic coherence.
- Students will accurately sight-sing and take aural dictation. Students will improvise on instruments and voice melodies, variations and accompaniments.
- Students will communicate effectively in written form.
- Students will demonstrate their proficiency on the piano/keyboard. This includes the ability to prepare works, sight-read, and improvise harmonizations at the keyboard.
- Students will be able to produce a properly documented research paper as a result of their ability to identify, find, understand and evaluate sources.
Outcomes for the Elective Studies in Business concentration
- Students will develop a coherent background in at least one area of business studies, chosen from the fields of 1) business administration, 2) management, or 3) marketing. Elective coursework in one of these three fields should conform to the requirements for a corresponding Business Department minor.
- Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the music industry.
- Students will gain direct working experience with at least one music related business.
Outcomes for the Emphasis in Music Technology concentration
- Students will develop an awareness of computer technology and digital media as it is applied in other fields (such as computer science and broadcasting)
- Students will gain experience and expertise in music technology hardware and software for recording, editing, mixing, applying audio effects, MIDI sequencing, and notation.
- Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the music industry.
- Students will gain direct working experience with at least one music technology-related business.
Policies and Procedures
Students must successfully complete a live audition for admission to this program. Audition information may be found on the Music Department website at http://music.mansfield.edu/auditions/. Students in all music degree programs are required to complete a core of essential courses in music theory, music history and literature, applied music and piano, and must participate in music ensembles. All music students are required to pass a piano proficiency. During the fourth semester of study, all students will complete a sophomore review which will consist of performance on primary instrument, piano, singing and sightreading, rhythmic reading and conducting, written career goals and grade point average. The review must be passed to continue into upper division music courses. Students must also abide by the Academic Requirements for Progression in the Music Department. Details concerning this and the Sophomore Review may be found in the Student Handbook available online at http://music.mansfield.edu/student-resources/.