Professors Messing, Nichols and R. Riley; Assistant Professors Gross and Zerbe; Instructors Abo, Ayres, Burdick, Duncan, Fiste, Kelly, Melendez, Miller, Newman, K. Riley, Strauss, Tracy, VonWald, Walker, Westmoreland and Worful; Artist in Residence Patterson.
The Music Department at Alma provides a curriculum designed to meet the needs of a broad range of students. The faculty and resources of the Department are committed equally to the following: 1) providing courses and curricula for music majors so that they will acquire the necessary foundation to pursue graduate study, teaching, performing or music-related fields; 2) strengthening students' musical skills by expanding proficiency in technique, heightening interpretive insight, and facilitating the understanding of pedagogical tools and methods; 3) providing courses designed to introduce non-music majors to a range of musical topics; 4) being an artistic presence within the Alma College community and beyond by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and community to share the experience of musical performance.
Alma's Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, offers three degree options: Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Forty credits which must include MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, 211, 212, 214, 443, 444, 445, 500, two credits of Ensembles and two credits of Applied Lessons. MUS 500 is a senior project and may take the form of a recital, research paper or other Department-approved project. Requests for MUS 500 projects must be received by the end of the year preceding graduation. Students are strongly advised to continue their study of voice or an instrument through studio lessons and ensembles.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Seventy-six credits including MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, 116, 211, 212, 214, 215, 237, 337, 344, 431, 443, 444, 445; seven credits of Ensembles, one of which must be MUS 155 or 159; and 14 credits of Applied Lessons on one instrument. Students with a vocal emphasis must complete MUS 132, 138, and one term of an instrumental ensemble or instrumental pedagogy course. Students with an instrumental emphasis must complete MUS 134, 135, 136, 137 and either MUS 138 or one term of a vocal ensemble. All candidates must complete MUS 116 (piano proficiency) by the end of the fall term of the junior year.
Education courses required: EDC 130/103, 230/203, 240, 303, 311, 312, 346, 370, 373, 430, and 490/491.
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Eighty-eight credits including MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, 116, 211, 212, 214, 215, 237, 443, 444, 445, 500; eight credits of Ensembles, one of which must be MUS 155 or 159; 28 credits of Applied Lessons on one instrument or voice and 9 credits of elective coursework subject to Department approval. All students must also complete one pedagogy course (from MUS 131-138 courses) in the area of their major instrument. MUS 500 must be a recital.
Twenty-four credits including MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, and 120; two credits from MUS 140, 201, 211, 214, 215, 237, 443, 444 or 445; and six credits of applied lessons on one instrument or voice.