Michael Parkinson, Director
The curricula of the School of Music, culminating in the Bachelor of Music degree, prepare you for a career in teaching, music therapy, composition, academic research, or performance. The School of Music provides individual applied study in vocal and instrumental music and offers a wide range of courses in the fields of theory, composition, electronic music, music history and literature, music education, and music therapy. There are opportunities for individual participation in student recitals and for performing experience in various ensembles, such as the Choral Union, University Singers, The Singing Men of Ohio, Women’s Chorale, Opera Theater, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, jazz ensembles, and many small chamber ensembles. Performing groups are open to all students enrolled in the University, and selection is determined by audition.
The School is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Entrance and graduation requirements are in accordance with the standards set by the association.
The Athens Community Music School, a unit within the School of Music, provides instruction for precollege-age students, University students who are not music majors, and other adults. Private instruction is offered in all instruments and voice. Teachers include faculty members, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Details are available from the director of the Athens Community Music School.
The School of Music offers an approved minor in music for nonmajors who wish to pursue the study of music.
Requirements for all music majors include the following:
- proficiency on a major instrument and secondary piano
- ensemble participation
- music theory (must receive a C or better to proceed to next level of music theory)
- music history
- MUS 090 Concert/Recital Attendance
Specific requirements are outlined in the School of Music Handbook.
The course plans in each program outline a practical sequence of required courses to help you plan your course of study. You must complete Tiers I, II, and III of the University General Education requirement. (See Graduation Requirements - Universitywide)
If you are a freshman or transfer student who intends to major in music, you are required to audition with your major instrument or voice and to take a theory placement test. An interview is also required for prospective music education and music therapy majors. The audition, interview, and theory placement test are scheduled on the same day. You can obtain specific dates and information from the School of Music office or at http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/.