Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 77
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College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Gregory Straughn, Chair
ACU Box 28274, Abilene, Texas 79699-8274
Williams Performing Arts Center, Room 128
Greg Bush, Professional Staff
Elizabeth Marion Cawood, Professor
Samuel L. Cook, Associate Professor
Cheryl Lemmons, Professional Staff
Jeannette Lipford, Senior Faculty
Paul Piersall, Professor
Julie Pruett, Assistant Professor
Michael Scarbrough, Associate Professor
Natalie Steele, Instructor
Gregory Straughn, Assistant Professor
Allen Teel, Professor
Kay Williams, Assistant Professor
J. Eric Wilson, Associate Professor
The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree and the
Bachelor of Music degree (teacher certification and/or performance).
See the Education section of this catalog.
The mission of the ACU Music Department is to prepare musicians
for service and leadership throughout the world. A dedicated and
talented faculty work with students in a caring, Christian environment.
They teach and mentor in the classroom and studio using a wealth
of experience gained from their performing, conducting, teaching,
and composing careers. The faculty assists students in becoming
outstanding performers, teachers, conductors, composers, and leaders
in the music industry who reflect God's creative force and presence in
their music and lives.
To accomplish this mission, the music department has established four
1. To develop and inspire students artistically as comprehensive
2. To prepare students to teach capably and effectively in the
school and studio;
3. To provide training and direction for students who desire to
perform professionally or who wish to utilize their music
degree in the music industry; and
4. To guide and encourage young musicians in seeking ways
to live a Christ-centered life and be a Christian role-model
within the music profession.
ACU music graduates combine their love of music with a variety of
careers including music sales, instrument repair, school administration,
worship ministry, musical theater and performance. They are teaching
in their own private studios, composing scores for film, managing
retail music stores, tuning and repairing pianos, testing musical
instruments, writing and recording commercial jingles, managing
touring musical groups, working with copyright laws, and teaching
at colleges and universities.
Most graduates become music educators in the public schools and
are highly sought after for positions throughout Texas. Directing a
band, chorus, or orchestra is challenging and personally satisfying
and generally receives a salary increment above state base. The
Music Department also prepares students well for graduate study.
More than 95 percent of the graduates who apply are accepted
to the program of their choice and are consistently awarded
outstanding performance and academic scholarships, as well as
The Department of Music at Abilene Christian University is an
accredited institutional member of the National Association of
Schools of Music and is a member of the Texas Association of Music
Schools. Courses and degree plans satisfy requirements of the Texas
General Departmental Requirements
Each entering major, whether a freshman or transfer student, must
appear for an admission audition, held the weekend prior to the
beginning of the fall term or by appointment. Students will be
assigned to instructors on the basis of the audition. Those who
audition for scholarships during the general scholarship auditions
are not required to audition for admission to the department.
A junior recital is required of all performance majors. A senior recital
is required of all music majors, except for those under the Bachelor of
Arts degree. A student must be enrolled in major private instruction
during the semester of this recital.
Majors must receive a grade of "C" or better in all music classes.
A course with a lower grade must be repeated for credit. Majors
must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.25 for music major courses.
Students studying privately in their major area of concentration are
required to attend weekly performance labs and to appear for a jury
examination before a faculty panel at the end of each semester.
Every music major must be in a major performance ensemble each
semester, either for Credit/No-Credit. The student does not have to
be a music major to participate in any performance ensemble.
Piano Proficiency Exam
Every music major is required to pass the piano proficiency exam
except students working toward the BA degree and piano majors.
Students who do not pass the exam by the end of the sophomore
year will register for piano each succeeding semester until they have
passed. The examination measures the student's ability to play all
major and minor scales with both hands over two octaves, to sight-
read a piece of moderate difficulty, to harmonize a melody at sight
and to perform a prepared piece. The exam is given once each
semester. The four-semester class piano sequence is designed to
adequately prepare the student for the piano proficiency exam.
All music majors who are full-time students must enroll in Recital
Seminar each semester, until eight semesters have been completed,
whether for Credit/No-Credit.
Scholarships in music are available for voice, piano, band and
orchestra. Interested students should contact the Department of
Music for information, applications and audition dates. Auditions for
the following school year begin in November and continue through
March with scholarships being awarded in April. Instead of appearing
in person for this audition, a tape may be mailed to the chair of the
department prior to March 15.
Sophomore Proficiency Exam
At the close of the fourth semester of private instruction, all music
majors are required to take the sophomore proficiency exam. Majors
may not enroll in upper-division private instruction and music core
courses until the exam has been passed.
Theory Placement Exam
All freshman music majors specializing in music must take the theory
placement exam prior to registration. Students can receive credit for
MUST 131, depending on the results of the exam. This exam also
helps to identify students who may need special help in theory.
Music Performance Ensembles
The following ensembles are available to majors and non-majors.
They may be taken for Credit/No-Credit (0 hours, but requires a
participation fee). Ensembles are available for lower or upper division
credit. See the Department of Music for details and information about
auditioning for ensembles. Music majors are required to participate
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