The Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) with a performance emphasis (voice and piano) is offered. Teaching Licensure in Music or Vocal/General, is available by completion of the B.A. in Music as well as the required professional education courses. The Music program at Freed-Hardeman University prepares professional musicians and music educators. It provides every student at the University a chance to experience music and serves as a center of musical art and culture for Henderson and the surrounding West Tennessee area. The FHU Music program provides a quality curriculum that combines theory, history, music education, and performance in low student-faculty ratio classes. A distinguished faculty of scholars, educators, and performers with expertise in their field of specialty guides the music major in his/her studies. Vocal and instrumental performing groups, open to majors and non-majors alike, offer students many opportunities to perform. Private instruction in piano, voice, and instrument is available. Regardless of whether you are considering a professional career in music or want to pursue it as a vocation, whether you want to refine your skills as a performer, or deepen your understanding as a listener, come and explore the opportunities that await you at Freed-Hardeman University!
B.A. Major in Music
Program Coordinator: Dr. Alan Kinningham
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation Requirements.
Desirable High School Requirements:
The student desiring to major in music should make the following preparations: Have private lessons in voice or major instrument; participate in vocal/instrumental ensembles; acquire a working knowledge of the piano; and have a knowledge of music theory and sight singing.
I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements:
Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core
II. Major Requirements*:
Sight Singing and Ear Training
Introduction to Music Technology
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
The Development of American Music
Principles of Conducting
Music History I (W)
Music History II (W)
Instrumentation and Orchestration (W)
Survey of Music Literature
Applied Music (Upper-division)**
(Proficiencies must be passed by junior year.)
Private Voice*** OR
IV. Electives (including additional Bible):
*Participation in an organized performance ensemble or approved music group, approved by the Department of Fine Arts, or accompanying is required of all majors each semester (except the student teaching semester).
**Applied Music: Students should take four (4) hours of applied music in their chosen area (instrument/voice).
***Students will also take two (2) hours of either piano or voice outside of their chosen area.
Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Music
1. Completion of the B.A. major in music as outlined above with one exception - only three (3) hours of applied music must be upper-division.
2. Required professional education courses (see Department of Education entry)
3. Complete the required additional courses: MUS 200 Introduction to Music Technology, MUS 318 Introduction to Digital Music Production I, MUS320 Introduction Digital Music Production II, and MUS 410 Music Education for Schools.
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