Nov 15, 2018  
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Music

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Full-Time Faculty

Ronnie Sherwin (Chairperson) conducting, history, music education

royal hartigan ethnomusicology, world music

Andrew J McWain jazz piano, jazz studies, music theory

Marie Nelson music education, class piano

Jing Wang composition, electronic music, music theory


Adjunct Faculty

Maryte Bizinkauskas classical voice

Kwabena Boateng visiting artist, African music and dance

Wes Brown bass

Paul Cienniwa music history, music theory

Claude Cobert flute, music history

Jamie Eckert percussion, percussion methods, percussion ensembles

Peyman Farzinpour music history, music theory

Marcelle Gauvin jazz and contemporary voice, vocal methods

I M Harjito visiting artist, gamelan

John Harrison III jazz piano, ensembles

James Hay staff accompanist

William F Kingsland Jr. low brass

Patricia Marshall clarinet

Eric Mazonson staff accompanist

Charlene Monte string methods

Michael Monte woodwind methods

Tobias Monte brass methods, conducting, trumpet, wind ensemble

Christopher Poudrier drum set, ensembles

Will Riley classical guitar, music skills

Ilana Ringwald violin

James Robitaille jazz guitar, ensembles

Rieko Tanaka piano

Jacob William music technology

Tianxu Zhou classical voice, vocal ensembles, opera workshop


Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a 120 credit, four-year program of study, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Music Education Licensure, a 136 credit, a four and one-half year program of study. The department is grounded in a vision of music making that fosters an understanding of its theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. 

The Music program offers a comprehensive major that includes a core of music theory, technology, history, musicianship, performance and global studies. Students can gain additional focus through upper division courses offered in world music, jazz, music technology and music education. The program provides broad experience through performance and work with faculty, guest artists and composers as well as a focus on culturally-diverse music.

The Music Education program is for those students wishing to earn a license to teach music at the elementary and/or secondary levels.  The program emphasizes the broad range of skills and competencies required for effective music instruction and it includes supervised field experiences and student teaching.  The Music Education program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Entrance to the Major

All candidates must pass an entrance audition and take a theory placement exam to determine their potential and background in music. Candidates are expected to have facility on their instrument and to have preparation in the fundamental concepts of music theory.

The Department of Music offers a minor in music that can be coupled with many majors offered at the university.  Additional information is available about the music minor in the catalog or by calling the department office at 508-999-8568.

Musical expression is a key to understanding culture in both the contemporary world and past civilizations. As university music educators in a culturally-diverse world and nation, we have a mission to help our students achieve cultural, social and personal fluency among peoples, in order that they may effectively understand and function within our global village.

Other Requirements and Information

Music Education Licensure

In addition to the curriculum below, students seeking a BA in Music with Music Education are required to enroll in MUS 1XX Ensemble (1 credit) in the first four semesters and MUS 3XX Ensemble (1 credit) in the next four semesters (for a total of 8 credits).

Additionally, students will take credits from each of the following Instrumental/Vocal Method Courses:

MUS 214 Vocal Methods

MUS 215 String Methods

MUS 216 Percussion Methods

MUS 217 Woodwind Methods

MUS 218 Brass Methods

Students will select a Music Seminar for 3 credits from the following list:

MUS 394 Seminar: Electronic Music

MUS 397 Seminar: Music Theory

MUS 398 Seminar: World Music

MUS 318 Seminar: Jazz Arranging & Composition

Minimum Acceptable Course Grades

The Music Department requires a grade of C (2.000) or higher in each music course taken to fulfill music major or minor requirements. Music Education Licensure students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. (A GPA of 2.5 will qualify for probationary status.)

Performance juries are an assessment of individual student musicianship and are vital components toward determining the musical progress through the Bachelor of Arts/Music Degree program.  They demonstrate the result of student work in applied studio instruction. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Minor in Music are required to complete yearly performance juries. With the exception of students in the vocal studios or in special cases as approved by the Chair, one unaccompanied solo piece must be performed at the jury evaluation. This piece must be selected with the explicit approval of the applied studio instructor. Students are allowed to perform juries in an ensemble setting. 

A faculty jury will assess each student performance near the conclusion of each academic year. The panel will:    

  •       Determine the level of performance as presented by the student;
  •       Grade the performance pass/fail
  •       Submit a written evaluation to be included in the official file of the student

Normally, performance jury is not required after the successful completion the senior recital.  However, if the final recital is completed in the junior year, a senior year performance jury must be completed.

Students who fail the juried exam will be subject to departmental probation and review by the Music faculty. Probation may be lifted by a successful juried performance during the following semester. Students who fail two consecutive juries will be dismissed from the program. Students are required to perform at the appropriate level of competence as established by the music faculty and may perform required recitals only after attaining appropriate jury levels.

Senior Capstone Project

Each student is required to complete a senior project (0 credits) prior to graduation within a course taken in the senior year. This should take a form relevant to the course of study (performance, recital, composition, research document/thesis) and be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to pursue fieldwork study and research abroad in a culture relevant to the area of concentration. This work may fulfill specific course requirements with prior approval. All study abroad should be planned in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and the music department chairperson.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes in Music and Music Education Licensure are aligned with the National Association of Schools of Music, with the national and state standards in music education, and with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s professional standards for licensure. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Music, students will demonstrate:

  • The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture, and to use this knowledge to develop and defend musical judgments.
  • The ability to read, realize, and perform a variety of musical styles from a variety of written systems (both Western and Non-Western) at a level commensurate with a B.A. in Music (as identified by jury rubrics and departmental handbook).
  • Articulate and demonstrate compositional processes, aesthetic style properties, and artistic and cultural influence.
  • Working knowledge of a wide selection of literature, periods, genres, cultural sources, and performance practices.
  • Ability in performing areas at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of a Bachelor of Arts degree program (as identified in jury rubrics and departmental handbook).

In addition to those above, students seeking licensure will also demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education and the ability to share these and articulate logical rationales for music as a basic component of general education.
  • The ability to work within specific education systems, promote music-appropriate scheduling, maintain positive relationships with social and ethnic groups, and be empathetic with students and colleagues of differing backgrounds
  • The ability to evaluate ideas, methods, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students.
  • Functional conducting, arranging, and performance abilities in keyboard, voice and instruments (appropriate to the student’s teaching specialization) necessary to meet the needs and abilities of individuals, school performing-groups, and classrooms in a variety of settings.
  • The ability to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities.

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