Professors Messing, Nichols and R. Riley; Assistant Professors Gross and Zerbe; Instructors Burdick, Melendez, K. Riley and Walker; 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
Thirty-six credits which must include MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, 201 or 214 or 215, 211, 212, 443, 444, 445 and 500. MUS 500 is a senior project and may take the form of a recital, research paper or other Department-approved project. Students who elect to perform a recital must enroll in 300-level lessons in the same term. 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, 201 or 214 and 215, 211, 212, 237, 337, 344, 431, 443, 444, 445, seven credits of Ensembles, and 14 credits of Applied Lessons on one instrument. Students with a vocal emphasis must complete MUS 132, 133 and 138, and one term of an instrumental ensemble or instrumental pedagogy course with Departmental permission. Students with an instrumental emphasis must complete MUS 133, 134, 135, 136, and 137. One term of a choral ensemble may be substituted for MUS 133 with Departmental permission. All candidates must complete MUS 116 (piano proficiency) by the end of the fall term of the junior year.
Education courses required: PSY 121, EDC 200, 201, 220, 320, 330, 346, 348, 353, 445n or 445o, 490, 491.
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Eighty-eight credits including MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, 116, 201 or 214 and 215, 211, 212, 237, 337, 443, 444, 445, 500, eight credits of Ensembles, 28 credits of Applied Lessons on one instrument or voice and 8 credits of elective coursework subject to Department approval. MUS 500 must be a recital.
Twenty-four credits including MUS 111, 111a, 112, 112a, and 120; two credits from MUS 201, 211, 212, 214, 215, 237, 337, 443, 444 or 445; and six credits of applied lessons on one instrument or voice.