Music

Becoming a Major in Music:

Students intending to major in music are required to pass an audition on their principal instrument. This audition will take place during their semester jury/exam, which can be as early as their first semester of study, but is recommended to occur no later than mid-sophomore year. They must complete a Declaration of Major form which includes: an outline of their proposed course of study, an essay which details why they wish to major in music, and consultation with their academic advisor.
 

Sophomore-Year Review

Music majors are required to undergo a sophomore-year review. This review includes assessment of all previous juries (at least three semesters of study on their principal instrument), and an interview with full-time music faculty, which will take place in January of the student’s sophomore year. This review helps assess academic and artistic progress, and helps focus direction for the remainder of their undergraduate studies in music.

Honors in Music

  1. Fulfillment of the requirements for a major in music.
  2. Intensive work in at least one of the following areas: music history, music theory, performance, conducting, or composition.
  3. A substantial in-depth thesis or creative project in one or more of the areas studied.

Music Theory Placement

A music theory placement test is given by the department to determine a student’s skill level. Any student demonstrating the appropriate degree of proficiency may place into either Music 204 or a 300-level music theory elective (306-313). Students may, alternatively, fulfill this prerequisite by taking Music 103 before beginning the theory sequence. Music majors and minors who encounter a closed music course in the registration process should contact the instructor to be admitted.

Music: Faculty and Staff

Professor

William M. Skoog. 2009. Chair. B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A., University of Denver; D.A., University of Northern Colorado. (Director of Choral Activities, Conducting, Voice.)

Associate Professor

Carole Choate Blankenship. 1990. B.A., Rhodes College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Voice, Music Theory, Music Literature.)
Thomas E. Bryant. 1987. B.M., M.M., University of Georgia; D.M., Northwestern University. (Piano, Collaborative Piano, Music Literature.)
Courtenay L. Harter. 2000. B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. (Music Theory, Music Cognition, Oboe/English Horn, Chamber Music.)
Vanessa L. Rogers. 2010. B.M.E., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California. (Music History, Music Literature, Search.)

Assistant Professors

John B. Bass, III. 2010. B.M., University of Southern Mississippi; M.M., Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Director of the Mike Curb Institute.)
Leah McGray. 2013. B.M., B.M.E., Acadia University; M.M., University of Toronto, Ph.D., Northwestern University. (Director of Instrumental Studies, Conducting, Chamber Music.)

Adjunct Instructors

Mike Assad. B.M., University of Kentucky; M.M., University of Memphis. (Percussion, World Drum Ensemble.)
Sara Chiego. B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Double Bass.) 
Rena Feller. B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Clarinet.)
Sandra Franks. B.M., University of Mississippi; M.M., Louisiana State University; D.M.A., University of Mississippi. (Voice.)
Jane Gamble. B.A., Lambuth College; M.M., M.S.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Collaborative pianist/organist.)
Brian Hodge. B.M.E., East Tennessee State University; M.M., University of Memphis; Ph.D in progress, University of Memphis. (Rhodes Wind Ensemble, Rhodes Orchestra.)
Sabrina Hu. B.M., Mannes College of Music; M.M., Royal Northern College of Music; D.M.A., Michigan State University. (Flute, Flute Ensemble.)
Marcus King. B.M.E., University of Memphis; M.M., University of Memphis. (Voice.)
Ellen B. Koziel. B.A., Radford University; M.M., University of Memphis; Ph.D. in progress, University of Memphis. (Rhodes Women's Chorus)
Mona B. Kreitner. B.M., Mansfield University; M.M., Eastman School of Music; Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Voice, Music History and Literature.)
Francisco Lara. B.M., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, M.M., Ph.D., The Florida State University, Tallahassee. (Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory.)
David T. Lay. B.M., Lambuth University. (Guitar, Contemporary Commercial Music Ensemble.)
Michael Mackenzie. B.M.E., University of Memphis. (Trumpet.)
Paul Murray.  B.A., Rhodes College 01'; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (Voice.)
Gina Neupert. B.M., Indiana University; M.M., University of Southern California. (Harp, Harp Ensemble.)
Brian Ray. B.M., University of Tennessee at Martin; M.M., University of Memphis; D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Piano, Department Collaborative Pianist.)
John Ross. B.M., Northern Illinois University; M.M., Illinois State University. (Guitar, Guitar Ensemble.)
Jane Gerard-Schranze. B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory. (Viola, Violin, chamber music.)
David L. Shotsberger. B.M., M.M., The Pennsylvania State University; D.M.A., University of Memphis. (Music Technology, Composition.)
Debra H. Smith. B.M., Mississippi College; M.M., University of Memphis. (Piano, Organ, Music Literature and Theory.)
Gerald Stephens. B.F.A., Commercial Music/Recording Technology, University of Memphis. (Jazz Piano, Jazz Combo.)
Kate Stimson. B.A., Hollins College; M.M., University of Memphis. (Piano.)
Lester Robert Sunda, Jr. (Jazz Bass Guitar, Jazz Combo.)
Mark Vail. B.M., University of North Texas. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Trombone, Low Brass.)
Yukiko Whitehead. B.M., University of Tennessee; M.M., D.M.A., University of Memphis; Yamaha Music Foundation Suzuki Piano Teachers Certificate, Suzuki Association of America. (Piano.)
Carl R. Wolfe. U.S. Navy Chief Musician (ret.); U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. Memphis Jazz Orchestra. (Saxophone.)
Wen-Yih Yu. Diploma, National Academy of Arts, Taiwan; M.M., Mannes College of Music. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Violin, String Quartet.)
Iren Zombor. B.A., Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music, Hungary; M.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Memphis Symphony Orchestra. (Cello, String Quartet.)

Staff

Erika Pope  Musical Arts Coordinator. B.A., Henderson State University.
Jacob Church Recording Technician. B.A., Rhodes College.
Dennis Holland Piano Technician.

Requirements for a Major in Music

A total of fifty-six 56 credits (10 courses; 16 performance credits = four 4-credit courses) as follows:

      1. Three Music Theory Courses (12 credits)
                 a.   MUSC 204 - Understanding Musicianship [F5]*      
                 b.   Two 300-level music theory courses
                       *If placement test determines this course is redundant, choose three 300-level music theory courses.

       2. Three Music History & Literature courses (12 credits)
                a.   MUSC 227 - European Musical Heritage I [F3]
                b.   MUSC 228 - European Musical Heritage II [F3]
                c.   One F9 (world Music) elective: MUSC 117, 118, 119, or selected 105 sections

       3. Two 4-credit Music electives (8 credits) 
                MUSC 101 does not fulfill this requirement.
                Courses from Music 160-199 do not fulfill this requirement.

       4. Performance (16 credits)
                a. 8 semesters of applied music lessons (MUSC 160-178 = 1 credit each)
                b. 8 semesters of large ensembles (MUSC 180-184, 190-194) = 1 credit each)

       5. Senior Experience (8 credits)
                Conducting (MUSC 414-415)
                Senior Seminar & Presentation (MUSC 485-486)

Once declared, Music majors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to eight (8) credits of their principal applied instrument. Music majors taking more than eight (8) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the major will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

NOTE: Music Talent Award and Fine Arts Award recipients' conditions for waivers of Applied Music fees are outlined in their award letters, which supersedes music major and minor fee waivers as contained here.

 

Requirements for a Minor in Music

  1. One Music Theory course (4 credits): 
           a. MUSC 204 (Understanding Musicianship) or one 300-level music theory course, depending on placement.
     
  2. One of the Music History & Literature survey courses (4 credits)
           a. MUSC 227 - European Musical Heritage I [F3]
           b. MUSC 228 - European Musical Heritage II [F3]
     
  3. Performance (8 credits)
           a. 4 semesters of lessons (MUSC 160-178 = 1 credit each)
           b. 4 semesters of large ensembles (MUSC 180-184, 190-194 = 1 credit each)
     
  4. Two 4-credit Music electives (8 credits):
           a. Courses from MUSC 160-199 do not fulfill this requirement.
     

Once declared, Music minors will have the Applied Music fees waived for up to four (4) credits of their principal applied instrument. Music minors taking more than four (4) credits of Applied Music and lessons taken prior to declaration of the minor will be charged the applied fee for those credits.

NOTE: Music Talent Award and Fine Arts Award recipients' conditions for waivers of Applied Music fees are outlined in their award letters, which supersedes music major and minor fee waivers as contained here.