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    Jan 20, 2022  
Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 
Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

School of Music

William R. Green, Dean

Department of Music Education Studies

Linda Thompson, Chairperson

Department of Music Performance Studies 

Andrea Dismukes, Chairperson

Departmentof Musicianship Studies

Phillip Thomas, Chairperson

Graduate Studies in Music

Brad Moffett, Director

National Association of Schools of Music

The Lee University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all music curricula. NASM is a constituent member of the American Council on Education. In the field of teacher education, the Association cooperates with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The services of the Association are available to all types of degree-granting institutions in higher education and to non-degree-granting institutions offering pre-professional programs or general music training programs. Membership in the Association is on a voluntary basis.

The general statement of aims and objectives follows:

  • To provide a national forum for the discussion and consideration of concerns relevant to the preservation and advancement of standards in the field of music in higher education.
  • To develop a national unity and strength for the purpose of maintaining the position of music study in the family of fine arts and humanities in our universities, colleges and schools of music.
  • To maintain professional leadership in music training and develop a national context for professional growth of the artist.
  • To establish minimum standards of achievement in music curricula without restricting an administration or school in its freedom to develop new ideas, to experiment or to expand its program.
  • To recognize that inspired teaching may rightly reject a “status quo” philosophy.
  • To establish that the prime objective of all educational programs in music is to provide the opportunity for every music student to develop individual potentialities to the utmost.

The School of Music offers programs of study designed to prepare men and women for the performance or instruction of the musical arts by developing skills needed to become music performers, educators, church musicians, private instructors, or music business professionals. The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Applied Emphasis), Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Bachelor of Science in Music (Music Business Emphasis) degrees.


A student wishing to pursue a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in applied music may audition for this program. While developing performance and ensemble skills, understanding the place of music in its broader context as one of the humanities is the priority of this major. It also provides a sizeable percentage of elective hours, making it an attractive option for students who wish to pursue a second major.


Offered in cooperation with the Helen DeVos College of Education, a degree in music education leads toward teacher licensure for the student pursuing a career in elementary or secondary schools. This program provides the pedagogical and musical training needed for students to succeed as music educators. The program meets all requirements for K-12 music education certification through the Tennessee Department of Education.


Specifically designed to equip the music minister in the local church setting, this degree track incorporates the building of practical skills needed to lead the modern church in musical worship. Performance literature includes a well-selected balance of standard repertory and contemporary selections. A primary goal of this program is to develop in the student a balance of skill, knowledge, and practical application through intensive music study supported by a broad general core.


A student with significant talent and experience in music may audition for this highly selective degree program. Its primary focus is to prepare the student for study in performance at the graduate level, a performance career, and/or studio teaching. Study of specialized pedagogy and literature completes the music core of theory, history, and analysis.


Offered in cooperation with the Department of Business and the Department of Communication and the Arts, this degree track provides multidisciplinary instruction to students desiring careers as performers, managers, or entrepreneurs in music business. Building on the common core of music classes, the degree culminates with a recital or specialized project.

Official Acceptance to the School of Music

Requirements for acceptance of a student to the School of Music which must be completed prior to registration are:

  1. Admission to the University
  2. The completion of a music theory placement exam.
  3. An audition in the primary area of applied study (instrumental, keyboard, or voice).
  4. The demonstration of skills that can be developed to enable the student to successfully serve as a performer, music educator, music minister or music entrepreneur. Any deficiencies must be completed during the first year.
  5. The completion of a piano placement evaluation.

Piano Proficiency Requirement

The Piano Proficiency requirement is part of a continuing effort to prepare music graduates for their respective careers in the best and most thorough manner possible. We require it because the development of basic, functional keyboard skills is considered essential to success in all music careers.

Most music majors must demonstrate proficiency in General Skills and Specific Skills. General skills are those required of all majors (except BA Music); specific skills are those associated with the various degree programs offered by the School of Music. Based on an evaluation of each student’s skills before matriculation as a music major, the piano faculty assigns placement in the appropriate level of piano study. Class Piano courses cover both general and specific skills. Students assigned to class piano, MUSG 111, are expected to remain in the sequence of piano classes (MUSG 111, 112,121,122) until the proficiency requirement is completed.

All students assigned to MUSG-111 or higher will play the exam as outlined in the music handbook. If all competencies are not met by the completion of MUSG 122 or its equivalent, the student must register for the appropriate level of piano study in an applied studio, i.e. MUSA-102-PI.

All music majors (except BA Music) must enroll in piano every semester until all aspects of the proficiency are passed. The completion of MUSG 122 or its approved equivalent will be required of all music education majors as a prerequisite to student teaching and other music majors, for graduation.

AP-Advanced Placement in Music Theory

Students receiving a score of four or better on the 1996 version (or later) of the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory will be granted proficiency credit for Theory I (MUST-111, 3 credit hours) and Aural Skills I (MUST-112, 1 credit hour). Evidence of qualification for such placement must appear in the student’s advising folder and will take the place of a score on the Music Theory Placement Examination required by the School of Music.

Requirements for Upper-Division Study

Requirements for admission into upper-division study are:

  1. A minimum 2.0 overall grade point average in all music courses.
  2. The attainment of a 2.0 overall grade point average at the completion of 58 semester hours.
  3. The successful completion of an Upper Division Admission Examination (UDAE), a special hearing given before a committee of music faculty members during the fourth semester of applied music study.
  4. Transfer students with more than 58 hours must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in music as well as a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and must perform the UDAE during their first semester of study at Lee. Placement in upper-division study as the result of an audition is conditional until successful completion of the UDAE.

Recital/Project Requirements

Guidelines governing all degree recitals/projects:

  • Applications must be submitted by published deadlines.
  • Performances that vary from the requirements for the student’s degree program—including length and format—must have approval of the appropriate Department Chair.
  • All recitals/projects require hearings by appropriate faculty committees.

Requirements for the various degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: a thirty-minute recital or scholarly paper in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Music Education: a thirty-minute recital in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Music – Performance: a thirty-minute recital in the junior year and a one-hour recital in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Music – Church Music: a thirty-minute recital in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Science – Music Business Emphasis: a senior project in the senior year 

Performance Seminar Requirements

Every student majoring in music is required to enroll in and successfully complete Performance Seminar (MUSA-185) for seven semesters. Graded on a pass/fail basis, this course receives zero hours credit. A passing grade is based on the attendance of nine of the Performance Seminar offerings per semester and nine additional music events. Performance Seminar meets every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall in the Center for the Humanities Building.

Class roll will be taken each class period, and students entering late or leaving early will not receive credit for attendance at the class. To receive credit for the remaining required off campus events or on-campus performances, where roll is not taken by a School of Music representative, the student must bring a program, along with a completed Performance Seminar Attendance Verification Form, to the School of Music Administrative Offices within seven business days of the event. A student is expected to attend the entire performance in order to receive credit. No exceptions will be made. The additional concerts must come from the categories of vocal, instrumental, and ensemble music, three of each.

Because the School of Music believes that music is a performance art, each student is required to perform at least once per academic year in a studio recital, a Performance Seminar class or a master class program.  Students pursuing a Performance degree must perform in an approved venue twice per year.  Any student who does not fulfill the performance requirement within the academic year will receive a failing grade for Performance Seminar in the spring semester.

Exceptions to this policy require an approved academic petition submitted to the Dean of the School of Music prior to the conclusion of the semester. The Performance Seminar requirements for transfer students are determined on an individual basis by the Dean of the School of Music.

Performance Ensembles

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music are required to enroll in four semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE 101) according to the area of their primary instrument.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Education are required to enroll in six semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE 101) according to the area of their primary instrument and four semesters of elective ensemble (MUSE 102).  For instrumental majors, this must include two semesters of Choral Union in order to partially fulfill choral/vocal preparation competencies for instrumental music education majors.  Students majoring in Music Education must have completed all ensemble requirements prior to the student teaching semester and may not participate in a performance ensemble during the student teaching semester without permission from the Dean of the School of Music.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis or Bachelor of Music in Church Music are required to enroll in six semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE 101) according to the area of their primary instrument and four semesters of elective ensemble (MUSE 102).

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance are required to enroll in seven semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE 101) according to the area of their primary instrument and four semesters of elective ensemble (MUSE 102).

Required Ensembles by area of primary instrument:

  • Non-keyboard instruments (except guitar): Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Band if not selected for either listed)
  • Guitar: Chamber Music - Guitar
  • Keyboard instruments: Choral Union, Wind Ensemble, or Symphony Orchestra
  • Voice: Choral Union

For transfer students, the ensemble requirement is determined on an individual basis by the Dean of the School of Music.  Only full-time students in good academic standing in the University may participate in touring ensembles. 

Music Resource Center

The Music Resource Center houses reference material, scores, technological resources, and audio-visual materials including DVDs, videos, CDs, cassettes, and LPs. The purpose of the Music Resource Center is to provide Lee University students and faculty with resources and information services to support the university’s programs in applied music, music education, church music, music business and performance, as well as serving music reference and research needs for the local community.

The audio-visual materials, technological resources and reference materials basically do not circulate outside the MRC to students, but are checked out for two-hour in-house use. Circulating scores may be checked out for a 14-day loan period to undergraduate students and a 28- day loan period to graduate students. Graduate students may check out audio-visual materials for a 24-hour period.

Access to the Music Technology Lab, which is located in the MRC, is available for student and faculty use.  A valid Lee University ID card (ok to leave) is required to check out library materials.  Regular hours for the MRC are:


Monday-Thursday   8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday   8:00 a.m. to   7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to   6:00 p.m.
Sunday   2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hours may vary during holidays and special events.





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