Dedicated to providing a robust and rigorous approach to the field of musical study and performance, the Southwestern University Music Department combines serious musical education with the depth and richness of a modern liberal arts curriculum.
Dr. Kenny Sheppard directs Southwestern Chorale. (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
With an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, every Southwestern student has the opportunity for faculty mentoring. (Photo credit: Southwestern University)
Whether it’s the chance to perform solo or in an ensemble, the exploration of music theory, the study of ancient or modern musical forms, or teaching students of all ages in the classroom, the Southwestern Department of Music strives to provide the widest possible range of musical opportunities for students.
The Music Department has the following goals:
- Provide a BA in Music program with a balanced music curriculum for students with strong interests in music who also wish to pursue a broad liberal arts education.
- Provide a BMus program that develops performance skills through rigorous preparation of high-quality solo, chamber and large ensemble literature.
- Provide a BMus program that prepares music education students to teach in elementary and secondary schools.
- Develop strong, discipline-centric writing skills in all Music majors.
- Provide opportunities for non-Music majors to gain experience in musical study and practice.
Southwestern University has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1951.
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