Music Program

With sophisticated and responsive instruction, many chances to perform, and degree options leading to opportunities and success in a variety of careers, LVC's music programs are among the strongest of any regional liberal arts college.

The Music Department offers a supportive student-centered experience distinguished by a high degree of individual attention. Our faculty includes innovative performers and graduates of some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the country.

Our programs emphasize learning about music, developing sensitive and critical listening skills, composing and performing, and understanding the role of music throughout history and in contemporary society. Ample opportunities are available to perform in a variety of music ensembles and as a soloist.

LVC students learn and perform in the Blair Music Center, one of the largest and best-equipped music facilities in the area. Blair includes a 500-seat concert hall (Lutz Recital Hall), 32 teaching studios, 36 individual practice rooms, and four recording studios. Music majors also may perform in the 175-seat Zimmerman Recital Hall, a premiere space for chamber performances, providing an intimate, acoustically pleasing environment for many of our departmental concerts.

Music students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous music groups, including: Chamber Choir, Clarinet Choir, College Choir, Concert Choir, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Low Brass Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, LVC Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Symphonic and Marching Bands, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, or Trumpet Ensemble. They can also be part of several music organizations such as the LVC American Guild of Organists, Music Industry Student Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music fraternity for men), or Sigma Alpha Iota (international music fraternity for women).

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music degree is designed for students preparing for further graduate study, who want to teach private lessons, or who want to serve a church, among many other goals.

There are eight areas of concentration available within the B.A. program: composition, instrumental music, jazz studies, organ, piano, sacred music, theory, or voice.

Students take the following core music classes:

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in music

Core courses:

MSC 115 Music Theory I
MSC 116 Music Theory II
MSC 117 Aural Theory I
MSC 118 Aural Theory II
MSC 215 Music Theory III
MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 217 Aural Theory III
MSC 241 History and Literature of Music I
MSC 242 History and Literature of Music II
MSC 246 Principles of Conducting

8 semesters of:
MSC 099 Recital Attendance
Individual Instruction (MUI)
100-level Music Ensemble (MUE)


Majors will exhibit proficiency at the piano and in voice. To achieve these proficiencies, students must take the following:

MSC 150 Class Piano Instruction I
MSC 151 Class Piano Instruction II
MSC 152 Class Piano Instruction III
MSC 153 Class Piano Instruction IV
MSC 160 Class Voice Instruction

Completion of one of the following concentrations:

 

Piano Concentration

MSC 306 Piano Literature


MSC 316 Keyboard Harmony
MSC 406 Piano Pedagogy
MSC 450 Accompanying

 

Voice Concentration

MSC 233 Diction


MSC 326 Vocal Literature
MSC 327 Vocal Pedagogy
 

Instrumental Concentration

MSC 345 Advanced Instrumental Conducting


MSC 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MSC 405 Instrumental Literature
MSC 416 Orchestration

Organ Concentration

MSC 316 Keyboard Harmony


MSC 351 Organ Literature
MSC 352 Organ Pedagogy

Sacred Music Concentration

MSC 347 Advanced Choral Conducting


MSC 422 Church Music Methods and Administration

One of:
MED 334 Choral Literature and Methods


MSC 351 Organ Literature
 

Theory Concentration

The theory concentration students will take MUI individual instruction private applied each semester. Theory concentration students will also take at least one MUI individual instruction theory credit in the senior year.

MSC 315 Counterpoint
MSC 329 Advanced Form and Analysis
MSC 416 Orchestration

One of the following:
MUI 170 Individual Instruction: Theory
MUI 270 Individual Instruction: Theory

 

Jazz Concentration

Students in the jazz studies concentration will take MUI individual instruction applied each semester. 

MSC 201 Music of the United States
MSC 218 Jazz Theory
MSC 416 Orchestration

At least 3 from the following:
MUI 160 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Guitar
MUI 161 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Percussion
MUI 162 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Piano
MUI 163 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Woodwind/Brass
MUI 164 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Bass
MUI 260 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Guitar
MUI 261 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Percussion
MUI 262 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Piano
MUI 263 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Woodwind/Brass
MUI 264 Individual Instruction: Jazz Studies Bass 

Composition Concentration

The compositions concentration students will take MUI Individual Instruction private applied each semester. Composition concentration students will also take at least four credits of MUI individual instruction compositions starting no later than the junior year.

MSC 216 Music Theory IV
MSC 315 Counterpoint
MSC 329 Advanced Form and Analysis
MSC 416 Orchestration

Two credits of:
MSC 130 Music Composition Workshop

Two semesters of:
MUI 171 Individual Instruction: Composition
or
MUI 271 Individual Instruction: Composition