Colleen Clark, Co-Chair
John Raley, Co-Chair
Department Faculty and Staff
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The music program leads to the Bachelor of Arts in music that enables students to grow as musicians while availing themselves of the opportunities offered by a broad-based liberal arts curriculum. The program accommodates students seeking an understanding of music within a humanistic context, as well as students seeking to become professional musicians and music teachers.
Within the Bachelor of Arts in music degree program, students may pursue a variety of tracks in performance, liberal arts or teacher certification. Students who complete the teacher certification program are certified to teach music in the state of Maryland and those states that have reciprocity agreements with Maryland. While all tracks are constructed to enable students to pursue graduate study in music, the immediate goals of each track differ according to the varied needs of the student population they serve.
The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The theatre and dance program offers a broad-based liberal arts curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in theatre with tracks in performance and design/production, as well as minors in theatre and dance. Dedicated to balancing rigorous academics with high-quality production and repertory performance, it places a high priority on the study of theatre and dance as a means of communication, cultural expression and creativity.
The theatre major is anchored in the liberal arts tradition and strongly rooted in the classical theatre. The major addresses pre-professional training through aesthetic education and criticism, creative expressions, and historical and sociocultural contexts. Design and performance experiences develop a professional work ethic and require participation in all aspects of production. The dance minor provides technical training, methods for teaching and a global perspective for appreciating dance.
The balance of theoretical/applied coursework and performance/production experience develops skills and knowledge that prepare students to enter professional and related fields, pursue graduate study and participate as educated, discerning consumers and supporters of theatre and dance.
The department’s performance season runs parallel with the academic year.