The mission of the Department of Music is to provide a quality-learning environment for students from the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College service area and beyond. The programs focus on close personal attention for each student from a well-qualified music faculty in modern facilities. The intent of the program is to aid students who wish to pursue graduate studies or move straight into professional careers. Furthermore, the mission is to provide, simultaneously, many quality performance experiences through numerous outreach programs.
Additionally, the Department of Music affords opportunities for the general college student to participate in performing ensembles, to study voice or an instrument privately (applied lessons) or in groups, and to enroll in music courses as part of the University core curriculum.
Since the University of Rio Grande has a policy of open-admissions, all who apply are accepted into the music program. However, the prospective student seeking admission as a music major is required to take the URG Music Theory Placement Examination to assess his/her music theory-aural training background. The results will determine whether the student is first placed into a Fundamentals course or directly into Music Theory I and Aural Training I. This initial assessment measure is the first of several which all students majoring in music will undergo throughout their college careers at URG. New students are encouraged to contact the Music Department Coordinator in advance of their first semester for advice on how to prepare for these placement exams.
The successful student will:
- Demonstrate comprehensive capabilities in their major performing area including the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level.
- Demonstrate the ability to read music at sight with some fluency.
- Demonstrate their understanding of the common elements of music including rhythm, melody, harmony, musical forms, and organizational patterns, and employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses.
- Understand a basic knowledge of music history through the present time.
- Recognize a wide variety of applicable solo and ensemble repertoire through both study and performance in ensembles as well as attendance at recitals and concerts.
- Understand how technology serves the field of music and use that technology applicable to their area of specialization.
- Adopt a sense of advocacy for music and the arts by participating in the professional organizations and associations related to their area of musical interest so they can better understand and communicate professional issues to their communities.
With everything from classical choral music to classic rock, the University of Rio Grande's Music Department has an ensemble for every style and voice. These groups range from joint community and collegiate ensembles to small, student-centered groups, and there is always a place for you!
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The Rio Grande John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center opened in 1981. A signature glass atrium introduces visitors to the Center and serves as an entry to the 500-seat state-of-the-art Alphus R. Christensen theatre. The theatre hosts numerous university and community productions and serves as a cultural hub to residents in a five-county area of Southern Ohio and West Virginia.
Within the Center, the department of music houses a Steinway concert grand piano, studio pianos, harpsichords, electric organs, Orff instruments and woodwind and brass instruments, sound-proof practice modules, multi-purpose classrooms, rehearsal areas, a Mac computer lab, a studio theatre, and a photography lab. Students also have access to a recording lab enabling them to learn how to produce professional recordings.
The University of Rio Grande awards performance based Music Scholarships to incoming and current Music majors each year. These scholarships are awarded based upon an audition in front of the Rio Music faculty. These auditions are normally held in the late winter/early Spring.
Scholarships are to be awarded to incoming Freshmen. Current students are not eligible. There is one full scholarship available which will cover tuition for 4 (four) years. Two partial scholarships of $1,000 a year for four years are also available. Scholarships will be awarded based upon an on campus audition and interview before a committee of all full time Music faculty. Scholarship recipients will be required to remain Music majors in good academic standing in order to retain their scholarships. If their GPA falls below 2.5, they will have one semester to bring their GPA to at least 2.5. Any recipients who change to a major other than Music Education, Music Business or Music Comprehensive will immediately lose the scholarship. Recipients will be required to participate in Music Department Ensembles according to their talents and the Department’s needs.
Vocal Audition Requirements
Be prepared to sing, from memory, two contrasting solo pieces from the standard art song repertoire. Examples of repertoire could include selections from the “Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias” collection or “The First/Second Book of SATB Solos,” compiled by Joan Boytim. One musical theater piece is also permissible. One selection in a foreign language is recommended. No taped accompaniments, pop songs, or unaccompanied selections are allowed. All selections should be for solo voice with piano accompaniment. A cappella auditions, vocal lines excerpted from choral works, or accompaniment CD’s and/or tapes are not acceptable. An accompanist, however, will be provided upon request. All those who choose to use our accompanist perform their audition with no rehearsal time beforehand.
Auditioners may instead choose to bring their own accompanist, if they desire. You will be evaluated on vocal potential, as well as basic musical skills and expression.
Instrumental Audition Requirements
Students should be prepared to play any major scale up to 4 flats and 4 sharps, two octaves in quarter notes and a Chromatic scale two octaves, ascending and descending. You should prepare a solo on your major instrument and at least two selected etudes or studies that display your musical abilities. The Solo should be class A or higher from your state’s Solo and Ensemble competition. One should include slow melodic examples, the other should include faster technical material. A short sight reading piece will be required. Any other prepared material such as current pieces played in band/orchestra that the applicant would like to perform.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Since the University of Rio Grande has a policy of open- admissions, all who apply are accepted into the music program. However, the prospective student seeking admission as a music major is required to take the URG Music Theory Placement Examination to assess his/her music theory-aural training background. The results will determine whether the student is first placed in remedial music theory courses or directly into Music Theory I and Aural Training I. This initial assessment measure is the first of several that all students majoring in music will undergo throughout their college careers at URG. New students are encouraged to contact the Music Department Coordinator in advance of their first semester for advice on how to prepare for these placement exams.
Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Music (1030)
|General Education must include:|
|MUS 10403 (TM) Music Appreciation||3|
|Total General Education hours||42-45|
|Minor Area required courses|
|MUS 10000 Concert Attendance||0|
|MUS 10302 Aural Training I||2|
|MUS 10402 Aural Training II||2|
|MUS 12103 Music Theory I||3|
|MUS 12203 Music Theory II||3|
|Total Minor Area hours||18|
|Major and elective hours||63-66|
|Total required hours for degree||126|