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Mansfield University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music: Optional Concentrations in Music Business, Music Performance, or Music Technology, Bachelor of Music

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Offered by the Department of Music

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 the following degree programs:  The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Music, the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with a major in Music Education, and the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with three concentrations:  Music Performance, Music Business, and Music Technology.  Please refer to the department website (http://music.mansfield.edu) for audition information and other entrance requirements.

The BM degree with a Concentration in Music Performance is available in piano, guitar, voice, percussion, and any standard string, brass, and woodwind instrument.  Completion of a performance degree will prepare students for further study in music at the master’s level.  Mansfield University is proud to offer this degree to exceptional musicians whose career goals are to perform professionally.  The additional work in music performance related courses amounts to a major in music performance.

The BM degrees with Concentrations in Music Technology and Music Business 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 in Music Business combines professional studies in music with a 35-credit block of introductory business courses, upper level business electives, the Survey of Music Business course, and a 14-week internship in a music industry area if the student’s interest or intended employment.  The business component of the degree (18 credits) amounts to the equivalent of a minor in general business studies.  The internship is normally done during the final semester or summer after all other course work has been completed.

The Concentration 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.  The non-music technology component of the degree (12 credits) amounts to an area of emphasis in media-related studies.

The Music Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


With emphasis on Mansfield University’s values of “Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service”, the faculty of the Mansfield University Music Department are dedicated to the development of musical excellence in all aspects of our programs and the fostering of a culturally rich musical community.  The Bachelor of Music degree provides a strong foundation in musical skills while preparing our students to pursue and succeed in diverse careers and educational opportunities as 21st century music professionals.  (Revised August 2018)


We promote leadership skills that emphasize Character, Scholarship, Culture and Service through a personalized educational environment using music as our communication tool.  We are committed to stimulating the continuous pursuit of learning, performance and skill acquisition.  We recognize and embrace the important role our liberal arts core education provides our students.  (Revised December 2013)


 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 December 2013)

Department Goals 

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Students will compose effective musical works that demonstrate an understanding of basic musical elements, including notation, form and harmonic coherence.
  7. Students will accurately sight-sing and take aural dictation.  Students will improvise on instruments and voice melodies, variations and accompaniments.
  8. Students will communicate effectively in written form.
  9. Students will demonstrate their proficiency on the piano/keyboard.  This includes the ability to prepare works, sight-read, and improvise harmonizations at the keyboard.
  10. Students will be able to produce a properly documented research paper as a result of their ability to identify, find, understand and evaluate sources.

Program outcomes for the concentration in Music Business

  1. Students will demonstrate expertise in at least one area of music business studies, chosen from the concentrations of 1) music business administration, 2) management, or 3) marketing.
  2. Students will demonstrae direct working experience with at least one music-related business.
  3. Students will effectively communicate and evaluate critical and current issues involved with the music industry.

Program outcomes for the concentration in Music Performance

  1. Students will successfully perform a full recital consisting of a representative sample of repertoire.
  2. The majority of performance students will be admitted to post baccalaureate programs where they will continue their career development as professional performing musicians or will secure work in related performance fields.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective pedagogical techniques in their major applied area

Program outcomes for the concentration in Music Technology

  1. Students will knowledgeably discuss the relationship of at least one related field (such as communications, broadcasting, graphic design, and computer science (to the music industry and music technology.
  2. Students will gain experience and expertise in music technology hardward and software for recording, editing, mising, MIDI sequencing, and notation.
  3. Students will demonstrate direct working experience with at least one music-related business.
  4. Students will effectively communicate and evaluate critical and current issues involved with the music industry.

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/.  Students must successfully complete a junior and senior recital prior to the completion of this degree program.

Program Requirements: Music: Optional Concentrations in Music Business, Music Performance, or Music Technology, (B.M.): 120 s.h.

Music Business Concentration

Music Performance Concentration

Total Credit Hours: 83

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