Stephen W. Plate, Dean
Department of Instrumental Music
Phillip Thomas, Chairperson
Department of Vocal Music
LuAnn Holden, Chairperson
The Lee University School of Music is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music; 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, VA 20190; (703) 437-0700.
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, ministers, private instructors, or music business professionals. The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Applied Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts in Music (Church Music 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.
Bachelor of Arts in Music – Applied Music Emphasis
Students wishing to pursue a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in applied music may audition for these programs. 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.
Bachelor of Arts in Music – Church Music Emphasis
Specifically designed to equip the music minister in the congregational setting, these degree tracks stress practical skills needed to lead the modern church in musical worship. Performance literature includes a well-selected balance of standard repertory and contemporary selections.
Bachelor of Music Education
Offered in cooperation with the Helen DeVos College of Education, degrees in music education lead toward teacher licensure for students pursuing careers in elementary or secondary schools. These programs provide the pedagogical and musical experiences 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.
Bachelor of Music in Church Music
The Bachelor of Music in Church Music is designed to provide undergraduate professional education for men and women who wish to pursue music ministry leadership in a local church. Church music of today is an increasingly varied and ever-changing area of study and ministry. To be a successful church musician in today’s environment, a student needs to have a balance of historical and biblical knowledge of church music, excellent musical skills, a sound philosophical approach, and the abililty to apply these skills and knowledge in a local church setting. A primary goal of the Bachelor of Music in Church Music degree is to develop in the student a balance of skill, knowledge, and practical application through intensive music study supportedby a broad general core.
Bachelor of Music – Performance
Students with significant talent and experience in music may audition for this highly selective degree program. Its primary focus is individual performance, preparing the student for study in performance at the graduate level and/or studio teaching. Study of specialized pedagogy and literature complete the music core of theory, history and analysis.
Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis
Offered in cooperation with the Departments of Business and Communication and the Arts, these degree tracks provide 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:
- Admission to the University
- The completion of a music theory placement exam.
- An audition in the primary area of study (instrumental, keyboard or voice).
- 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, without credit, during the first year.
- The completion of a piano placement examination.
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.
The links above provide lists of the General Skills and Specific Skills at which music majors must demonstrate proficiency. General skills are those required of all majors; 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. Piano Proficiency classes cover both general and specific skills. Students assigned to class piano, MUSA 111, are expected to remain in the sequence of piano classes (MUSA 111, 112,121,122) until the proficiency requirement is completed.
All students assigned to MUSA-111 or higher will play required portions of the exam at the end of each semester with a view toward completion of the requirement by the end of the sophomore year. If all competencies are not met by the completion of MUSA 122 or its equivalent, the student will then register for the appropriate level of piano study in an applied studio, i.e. MUSA-102-PI.
All music majors must enroll in piano every semester until all aspects of the proficiency are passed. The completion of MUSA 122 or its approved equivalent will be required of all music education majors as a prerequisite to student teaching and all 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 Sightsinging & Eartraining 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:
- A minimum 2.0 overall grade point average in all music courses.
- The attainment of a 2.0 overall grade point average at the completion of 58 semester hours.
- 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.
- 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 Performance Requirements
A student pursuing a B.A., B.S., or B.M.E. degree in music will present at least a thirty-minute recital program in the senior year. The student may petition the Department Chair to perform a one-hour senior recital. A junior recital is optional in the B.A. and B.M.E. programs. A student pursuing a B.M. degree will present a thirty-minute junior recital and a one-hour senior recital. A student pursuing the B.S. in Music with an emphasis in Music Business may opt to present a senior project in lieu of the recital. This project must be approved by the Dean of the School and the Music Business Committee by the last day of classes in the semester preceding the project.
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 60% of Performance Seminar offerings per semester and 9 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 electronically, and students entering late or leaving early will not receive credit for attendance at the class. To receive credit for the remaining required offcampus 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 with in five 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/choral, instrumental, and ensemble music, three of each. 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.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music – Applied Emphasis, Bachelor of Arts in Music – Church Music Emphasis, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis, vocal concentration, are required to enroll in six semesters of a required ensemble (MUSE-101 – 401) and four semesters of elective ensemble (MUSE- 102 – 402). The requirement for the Bachelor of Music program is seven semesters of required ensemble and four semesters of elective ensemble.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music – Applied Emphasis, Bachelor of Arts in Music – Church Music Emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis or the Bachelor of Music Education with a non-keyboard emphasis are required to enroll in six semesters of Wind Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra and four semesters of elective ensemble.
The requirement for the Bachelor of Music program is seven semesters of required ensemble and four semesters of elective ensemble. If a student is not selected to participate in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band may be substituted for the required ensemble.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music – Applied Emphasis, Bachelor of Arts in Music – Church Music Emphasis, Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in keyboard, or Bachelor of Science in Music – Music Business Emphasis are required to take six semesters of Choral Union, Chamber Orchestra or Wind Ensemble and four semesters of elective ensemble.
The requirement for the Bachelor of Music program is seven semesters of required ensemble and four semesters of elective ensemble.
Students majoring in Music Education will not participate in a performance ensemble during the student teaching semester. For transfer students, the ensemble requirement is determined on an individual basis by the Dean of the School of Music. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to participate in touring ensembles and must be in good academic standing in the university. Additionally, in order to fulfill the vocal competency requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Music – Church Music emphasis and the Bachelor of Music Education, keyboard and non-keyboard students are required to enroll in Choral Union for two semesters in order to partially fulfill choral/vocal training competencies.
Official Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program
All students who desire to prepare as K-12 music educators are required to make application for and be accepted into the Teacher Education Program prior to registering for 400-level methods courses. Application is to be filed during the first semester of the sophomore year or when the student is enrolled in MUED- 225. Application forms may be obtained in the office of the Director of Teacher Education, Helen DeVos College of Education.
A Music Education student may not present a Senior Recital or be enrolled in course work outside of student teaching during the student teaching semester. The student will not be allowed to student teach if he/she has not completed the piano proficiency requirement in its entirety or passed appropriate parts of the Praxis II. For information on official acceptance to student teaching, see the appropriate section listed under the Helen DeVos College of Education.
Dual Endorsement/Certification in Music Education
A student pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Instrumental Teacher Liscensure, Grades K-12, may add-on Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, by completing the following courses:
MUED-421 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal/General Music, Grades 7-12
MUED-405 Methods and Materials for Teaching Music in the Elementary School
It is also recommended that the student complete four semesters (one credit hour each) of applied voice or voice class as a secondary instrument. It is also recommended that the student participate in a choral ensemble two semesters. Student teaching must include both instrumental and vocal/general experience.
A student pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree with Vocal/General Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, may add-on Instrumental Teacher Licensure, Grades K-12, by completing the following courses:
MUED-231 Brass Techniques
MUED-241 Woodwind Techniques
MUED-251 String Techniques
MUED-261 Percussion Techniques
MUED-422 Methods and Materials of Teaching Marching Band
MUED-423 Methods and Materials of Teaching Concert Band and Orchestra
It is also recommended that the student complete four semesters (one credit hour each) of applied instrumental (non-keyboard) lessons on a secondary instrument. It is recommended that the student participate in an instrumental ensemble two semesters. Student teaching must include both instrumental and vocal/general experience. The instrumental technique classes would substitutte for MUED-226, Instriduction to Instrumental Music.
Music Endorsement for the Non-Music Education Major
Vocal/General Music, Grades K-12
An individualized program will be determined for each candidate seeking an additional endorsement in Vocal/General Music with course work and/or field experiences selected from the following courses, not to exceed 30 hours. (Prerequisite: MUST-111, MUST-112, MUST-121, and MUST-122.)
||Sight-Singing/Ear Training III
||Sight-Singing/Ear Training IV
||Piano Proficiency Examination (for vocal emphasis students)
||Vocal Proficiency Class
||Vocal Proficiency Examination (for piano and instrumental emphasis students)
||Applied Music - Primary Instrument
||Intro. to Instrumental Music
||Fundamentals of Conducting
||Advanced Conducting - Choral
||Music History I
||Music History II
||Introduction to Music Education
|Methods and Materials of Teaching Music for the Elementary School
||General Secondary Methods
||Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal/General Music in Secondary Schools
||Student Teaching I
||Student Teaching II
||Student Teaching Seminar
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 church music, applied music, and music education 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 inhouse 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 approved on an individual basis by signing in at the circulation desk. A valid Lee University ID card or Cleveland Public Library card is required for admittance to the Music Technology Lab (MTL) and to check out materials. Regular hours for the MTL are:
||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (closed during chapel)
||8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
||12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
||2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hours may vary during holidays and special events.
Stephen W. Plate, Dean
Graduate Studies in Church Music
Brad Moffet, Graduate Discipline Coordinator
Graduate Studies in Music Performance
Ron Brendel, Graduate Discipline Coordinator
Graduate Studies in Music Education
Linda Thompson, Graduate Discipline Coordinator
Statement of Purpose
The School of Music is to provide discipline-related experiences, worship experiences and artistic and aesthetic experiences which will help prepare Lee University graduate students for responsible living in the modern world. It addresses its efforts both to the general university student and to those who choose to pursue music as a major.
For the student who wishes to pursue music as a profession, course offerings will assist in preparing graduate students for careers in the ministry of music in either church leadership or performance role, music education in either public or private schools or private studio teaching, and the public performance arena as soloist or collaborative artist.
The School of Music supports the belief that in order to be truly educated, each student must be familiar with the monumental artistic achievement of western civilization. Each student is offered the opportunity to become acquainted with selected examples of music literature and to develop the listening and analytic skills necessary to understand and appreciate that literature.
The faculty of the School of Music advocates that music is not only an academic discipline, but it is also a performance art. Working with university administration and the Fine Arts Committee, the School of Music endeavors to provide a well-rounded series of events that allow the university community to participate in music from the artistic and aesthetic perspective. The School also maintains a variety of music ensembles that provide interested and talented students the opportunity to become acquainted with the performer’s art.
Since Lee University is a Christian university, the School of Music is intimately involved in the spiritual life of the campus. Through its faculty and its students, the School takes a leading role in providing musical worship experiences in the university-wide chapel services. Courses are provided which are specifically designed to aid pastors, Christian Education students and others preparing for full-time Christian service. In addition, the School of Music offers workshops, seminars and clinics for ministers of music, pastors and church leaders in order to promote the ministry of music in the Church of God, the sponsoring denomination of Lee University.
The students, faculty and administration of the School of Music accept the responsibility to provide the opportunity to bring a sense of celebration to our university community through the re-creative art of music – a celebration of the creative gifts with which our Creator God has endowed man and a celebration of the God of our salvation through music that is both artistic and spiritual.
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 Graduate Music Committee
The Graduate Music Committee’s responsibility is to give administrative oversight to the Graduate Studies in Music program. The committee considers and recommends curricular changes to the university faculty, approves all policies, assesses effectiveness of the graduate program, serves as the Admissions Committee, reviews candidacy, and approves applicants for graduation. The Graduate Music Committee consists of: Stephen Plate, D.M.A., Dean of the School of Music, Chair; Mark Bailey, D.M.E., Jim Burns, D.M.A., Ron Brendel, D.M.A., William Green D.M.A., Walt Mauldin, D.M.A., Bradley Moffett, D.W.S., Phillip Thomas, Ph. D., Linda Thompson, Ph. D., and LuAnn Holden, M. M.
Graduate Programs in Music Admission Requirements
Each applicant must complete and submit:
- To provide a national forum for the discussion and consideration of concerns relevant to the
- The Graduate Studies in Music Application for Admission
- An essay explaining the rationale for his/her desire to become a graduate student in Lee University School of Music Graduate Program
- Three reference forms (two academic and one personal)
- Lee University Health Clinic Certificate of Immunization
NOTE: Each program has additional requirements pertaining to the application process that must be submitted in order for the application file to be complete. These requirements are listed under the description of each specific degree program in the following pages.
Each applicant must submit official transcripts verifying the completion of an undergraduate degree in music at an accredited institution.
Each applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for admission to the graduate music program. If the applicant has a grade point average below 2.75, the student may petition the Graduate Studies in Music Committee for Special Student Status. Action on this petition will be determined by the Music Graduate Committee in consultation with the Dean of the School of Music.
Each applicant is required to have an interview with the Graduate Music Executive Committee.
Non-degree Seeking Status
A student desiring to take courses without admission to Graduate Studies in Music will be required to complete an application and submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A maximum of nine semester hours may be taken as a non-degree seeking student, and enrollment will be limited to specific entry-level courses. The Dean of the School of Music must approve any course(s) selected by the applicant. Completion of course work under nondegree seeking status does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to any graduate music degree program for which they may subsequently apply.
Non-degree-seeking student may pursue admission to Graduate Studies in Music programs by meeting all admission criteria.
- To be a full time student in the graduate program you must enroll in nine semester hours per semester. It is possible for a full-time graduate student in residence to complete classroom courses for the degree program in one year. It is suggested that this optimal course load will be as follows:
In addition to this traditional approach to scheduling, courses will be offered so that students may attend classes one day a week (specifically Thursday for only Master of Church Music students) and complete course requirements over a two-year period. A schedule of late afternoon and early evening classes has been developed to assist the working music professional to achieve his/her degree while maintaining a career.
Another option is the modular two-week “J-Term” summer courses offered each June and July. Distance students may complete course requirements over a three-year period using other creative options during the regular academic calendar to meet Music Elective, Ministerial Elective and Advanced Technique Music Studies requirements.
- A cumulative average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) is required in the graduate program. Course credits with a grade below a “C” may not be counted toward the degree.
- Graduate Church Music students will have a practicum requirement in which they will serve in a local church or other appropriate venue under the supervision of a qualified professional and his/her graduate faculty advisor.
- Graduate students must successfully complete a final project based on their degree the final project may be a graduate recital, a thesis or a worship festival. The final project must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
- Master of Church Music Graduate students must successfully complete a worship festival. This must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
- Music Education Graduate students must successfully complete a thesis (two options) or final project. This must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
- Master of Music-Music Performance students must successfully present a one-hour public recital. The final project must be completed at least three weeks prior to graduation.
- A student is admitted to candidacy for the graduate degrees only after the completion of 28 (MUSCH.MCM) or 30 (MUSED.MM & MUSPF. MM) hours of course work and the successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive exams.
- If a student completes all course work as well as the final project, but still must successfull complete written and oral comprehensive examinations, enrollment in MUSG-500 Degree Completion or in another elective course is required until all degree requirements are met.
Once a student begins course work towards a graduate music degree, the degree program must be completed within a six-year period.
Final Project Committee
- Once the master’s candidate has completed all required course work, registration is required in MUSG-500 Degree Completion for each succeeding semester until the thesis, recital or worship festival is satisfactorily completed. The cost of the course is one graduate credit hour.
- The graduate student’s Final Project Committee will include a chairperson and two additional members. This committee will give oversight and direction for the final project. The student may refer to this committee as his/her “Final Project Committee.” The Chair of the Graduate Music Committee will assign two graduate faculty members to serve on the student’s Final Project Committee. Each student may choose an additional faculty member to serve on his/her committee. The student must seek approval from the faculty member before submitting his/her name to the Chair of the Graduate Music Committee.
- Requirements for the worship festival, thesis, and recital can be found in the Graduate Music Handbook or from the Graduate Studies in Music Office.
Comprehensive exams are typically offered three weeks before the desired graduation ceremonies. A three-hour written exam is followed one week later by a 30 minute oral examination. The written exam can cover all material presented in the graduate music curriculum, and/or other material in music history, hymnology and related areas from undergraduate study. The oral exam continues the exploration by the graduate faculty of the student’s experiences and the synthesis of their academic work. A minimum of three members of the Graduate Music Committee will be present for the oral comprehensive exam.