SCHOOL OF MUSIC MISSION STATEMENT
The School of Music of Campbellsville University serves as an instrument of the University in the direction of music training and the stimulation of creative and professional work in music. The School of Music provides music study within the mission and goals of the University. The School of Music attempts to broaden the education of every student in the University by providing a broad range of experiences in music; by offering class instruction which seeks to develop an understanding of music as a communicative art, its place in life, and its value to the individual; and by offering specialized training in musical skills.
The School of Music encourages the development of students who wish to prepare for careers as professional performers, teachers, or church musicians by providing competency-based courses which lay a technical and broad cultural foundation and which equip music students in their particular fields of interest and endeavor.
The School of Music guides students in the attainment of academic, spiritual, vocational, cultural, and social values through professional training, musicianship, and the liberal arts concept.
The School of Music provides educational and cultural resources to the University, community, and regional constituencies through concerts, workshops, adjudication, research, creative activity, and other professional services; while working cooperatively with the regional constituencies to enhance learning opportunities for students.
GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED BY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Graduate Program of the School of Music seeks to develop professional competence and productive scholarship in its students. The program of study is designed to lead to a broad acquaintance with historical and contemporary states of learning and prepare students to contribute to the advancement of their respective fields.
All graduate degree programs have been approved by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council on Post-Secondary Education, and the Kentucky Department of Education.
Master of Arts in Music (M.A.M.)
The Master of Arts in Music degree is designed to provide graduate instruction in a broad range of musical study for students without specialization. The program requires study in five core areas to provide a breadth of competence in musical skills and understanding. This program is intended primarily for students seeking advanced study in preparation for careers spanning different disciplines within the music profession or preparation for continued education beyond the master’s level.
Master of Music in Music Education (M.M.M.E.)
The Master of Music in Music Education degree is primarily intended for certified music educators having a Rank III teaching certificate, who are required, if teaching in the State of Kentucky, to attain the Master’s level (Rank II) certification within ten years after completion of the bachelor’s degree. The degree can also assist non-certified musicians who have a bachelor’s degree to prepare for further studies in doctoral programs and for college-level teaching. This degree does not certify individuals for public school teaching in the elementary or secondary schools unless Rank III certification was previously earned. The program is approved by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Master of Music in Church Music (M.M.C.M.)
The Master of Music in Church Music degree program provides music study for students who wish to prepare for careers in church music ministry. Increasingly, churches expect musicians to have completed significant study in church music beyond the bachelor’s level as a prerequisite for service in professional music ministry positions. The School of Music is in a strategic position to respond to the needs of churches both within the Baptist denomination and of other affiliations by nurturing church musicians who are thoroughly prepared to meet the challenges of ministry through music.
Campbellsville University is the only private college or university in Kentucky to offer the Master of Music in Church Music degree program.
All the courses offered in the Master of Music in Church Music curriculum are designed to go beyond the scope of courses in the undergraduate music student's experience. Graduate music students must complete coursework in foundational studies, methods and literature, and research seminar, while participating in applied music instruction and ensembles. The broad spectrum of this coursework helps to ensure that there is a fusion of musical and intellectual skills in students who understand the biblical, theological, and historical background as well as the practical concerns of church music ministry in the contemporary church.
Master of Music in Conducting (M.M.C.)
The Master of Music in Conducting degree program is designed for students with exceptional conducting skill planning for a professional performance-based career as a conductor. Students are initially enrolled in the Master of Arts in Music degree program and audition for entrance into the MM program at the end of their first semester.
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy (M.M.P.P.)
The Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy is designed to prepare students for careers in piano instruction. It consists of courses in pedagogical, applied and ensemble studies, along with core supporting subjects, and a graduate recital. The initiative for this degree comes primarily through student requests and the need for additional teachers of piano at pre-university levels. Students will be given practical experiences in teaching younger students through the program and through participation in the activities of the local Central Kentucky Music Teachers Association. It is anticipated that many students completing this degree will develop professional studios for teaching piano and/or continue into doctoral studies.
Master of Music in Performance (M.M.P.)
The Master of Music degree in Performance is designed for students with exceptional skill planning for professional performance-based careers. It consists of courses in applied and ensemble studies, core supporting subjects, and a graduate recital. The initiative for this degree comes primarily through student requests and the availability of faculty qualified to teach and supervise graduate applied studies exemplary of the skill and musicianship expected at the master’s level. Students would have opportunities to hear professional-level performances through recitals by faculty and guest artists. The program is supported in additional through performance opportunities for students in solo settings, chamber music, and large ensembles. It is anticipated that many students completing this degree will continue into doctoral studies and seek collegiate teaching positions or pursue a professional performance-based career.