Lee University Catalog 2015-2016 
    Aug 11, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

School of Music

William R. Green, Dean

Department of Music Education

Linda Thompson, Chairperson

Department of Music Performance Studies 

Douglas Warner, Chairperson

Department of 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 (NCATE). 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.

School of Music Statement of Purpose

To achieve its goal of inspiring students, the School of Music immerses them in the formative experience of making music with others and for others, fostering creativity; and it provides deep, engaging encounters with great music, all under the mentorship of music professionals and scholars who are committed to the mission of Lee University. To achieve its goal of equipping students, the School of Music provides one-on-one studio instruction, ample opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, and classroom instruction in music history and literature, theory and analysis, musicianship, and a host of discipline-specific subjects.

The School of Music serves the University campus and the broader community by maintaining a variety of music ensembles that are open to interested and talented students and community members, by providing music for chapel and other worship services, and by offering frequent high-quality concerts performed by our own musicians as well as by guest artists. No matter the context, the School of Music believes that the ultimate purpose of music is to honor God, and that the appropriate response to the experience of music is gratitude and adoration for the Creator, who is the source of every good and perfect gift.

School of Music Goals

The Lee University School of Music seeks to demonstrate its commitment to Lee University’s Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose and its own Statement of Purpose through the following stated goals:

1. To implement a comprehensive curriculum in applied study, solo and ensemble performances, musicianship studies, and major-specific courses.
2. To counsel and mentor students in scholarly pursuits, artistic advancement, and faith development.
3. To support a faculty of highly qualified music professionals who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and student advising.
4. To provide staff, facilities, equipment, and resources necessary for student preparation and performance at the highest level.
5. To engage in Christian stewardship and service at the university, in the church, and in the community, the region, and the world.

The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Church Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Science in Music (Emphasis in Music Business) degrees.


A student wishing to pursue a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in music may audition for this program. While developing performance and musicianship skills, understanding the place of music in its broader context 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 preparation 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.


Designed to equip students for musical leadership in a variety of ministry settings, this program develops knowledge and skills through intensive musical study supported by a broad general core. Special emphasis is given to an understanding of the biblical guidelines for worship and music, along with opportunities for practical application of skills. Performance literature includes a balance of standard repertory and contemporary selections. 


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.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC (Emphasis in Music Business)

Offered in cooperation with the Department of Business and the Department of Communication Arts, this degree track provides multidisciplinary instruction to students desiring careers as entrepreneurs, managers, or performers in music business. Building on the common core of music classes, the degree culminates with an internship and 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. An audition in the primary area of applied study (instrumental, keyboard, or voice)
  3. The demonstration of skills that can be developed to enable the student to serve successfully as a performer, music educator, church musician, or music entrepreneur; any deficiencies must be completed during the first year
  4. The completion of a music theory placement exam
  5. The completion of a piano placement evaluation

Piano Proficiency Requirement

The Piano Proficiency requirement is a part of an ongoing effort to prepare graduates in music 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 most musical careers.

Music majors - except  those in the B.A. in Music program - must demonstrate proficiency in general and specific skills, the latter of which are associated with particular degree programs offered by the School of Music. Details regarding this requirement are provided in the School of Music Handbook.

Students must enroll in piano every semester until the proficiency is met. Successful completion of all phases of the requirement is prerequisite to student teaching for music education majors.

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 primary 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 in Church Music: a thirty-minute recital in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance: a thirty-minute recital in the junior year and a one-hour recital in the senior year
  • Bachelor of Science in Music (Emphasis in Music Business): 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 of 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.

Attendance 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 at which attendance is not taken by a School of Music representative, the student must take a program, along with a completed Performance Seminar Attendance Verification Form, to the School of Music Administrative Offices within ten days of the event. A student is expected to attend the entire performance in order to receive credit. No exceptions will be made.

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 Performance Seminar class, a studio recital, or a masterclass program.  Students pursuing a Performance degree must perform in an approved venue once per semester.  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 degree are required to enroll in six semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE-101) according to the area of their primary instrument and three to four semesters of an elective ensemble (MUSE-102), depending on the specific major.  For instrumental majors, this must include one semester 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.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music (Emphasis in Music Business) 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 an elective ensemble (MUSE-102).

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance 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).

Details regarding required and elective ensembles are provided in the School of Music Handbook.

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 scores, reference materials, technological resources, and media items, including DVDs, videos, CDs, and LPs. A limited number of descriptive items such as texts, teaching methods, etc., are available as well. 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 and the broader inter-library community.

Circulating scores may be checked out for a 14-day loan period to undergraduate students, as well as the public, and for a 28-day loan period to graduate students. A valid Lee University ID card or Cleveland Public Library card is required to check out library materials. Media items are available for limited checkout by faculty and graduate students and available for in-house use only by all other patrons. Technology resources and reference materials are for in-house use only for all patrons.

The Music Technology Lab is located within the MRC and is available for student and faculty use. It is accessible during regular MRC hours except during scheduled classes, testing, etc., as posted. Regular hours for the MRC are as follows:


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. (except during U-Church)

Hours vary during holidays, summer sessions, and special events, and will be posted.



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