1999-2001 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Musical Arts

1031 Moore Musical Arts Center, 372-2181



College administration

Office of the Dean

  • H. Lee Riggins, Ph.D., dean, 1031 Moore Musical Arts Center (MMAC), 372-2188
  • Richard Kennell, Ph.D., associate dean, 1031 MMAC, 372-2181
  • Vincent Corrigan, Ph.D., assistant dean for graduate studies, 1031 MMAC, 372-2182
  • Departments

  • Music Composition/History, Marilyn Shrude, D.M., chair, 1031 MMAC, 372-2182
  • Music Education, P. Thomas Tallarico, Ph.D., chair, 1031 MMAC, 372-8578
  • Music Performance Studies, Virginia Marks, M.Mus., chair, 1031 MMAC, 372-2181
  • Concert Office, Deborah Fleitz, B.Mus., director, 1037 MMAC, 372-8654
  • MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, Marilyn Shrude, director, 3004 MMAC, 372-2685
  • Creative Arts Program, Allison Poorman, director, 1033 MMAC, 372-8177
  • Academic objectives


    The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University prepares music professionals for state and national leadership roles in teaching, research and creativity in all of the musical arts. We aspire to be recognized nationally as a premier music learning community.

    The mission of the College of Musical Arts is fourfold:

  • 1. to educate qualified students for careers in music teaching, performance, composition, analytical or historical research and related technical and support fields;
  • 2. to serve state, national and international communities through support and dissemination of creative work in composition and performance;
  • 3. to serve state, national and international communities through support and dissemination of research in musicology, music theory, music technology, music education and music pedagogy;
  • 4. to serve as a cultural resource for the University community and northwest Ohio.
  • Since 1947, the College of Musical Arts has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition the Department of Music Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

    Organization of the college

    The College of Musical Arts enjoys the distinction of collegiate status within Bowling Green State University. This position as an academic unit allows the college to contribute to the cultural life of the University and community while pursuing the mission of training students for professional careers in music.

    The College of Musical Arts is organized into three departments: music education, performance studies and music composition/history. The Creative Arts Program offers noncredit music instruction for students and members of the Bowling Green community.

    MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music

    The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music supports a variety of activities to foster creativity, performance, research and education in 20th century music and technology. The center sponsors the Annual New Music & Art Festival, the concert series' Mostly MIDI and Music at the Forefront, and the Guest Composer/Performer/Scholar series. It is also dedicated to the dissemination of information and the collection of archival materials.

    Academic advisement

    A departmental adviser is available to assist students with career advisement, curricular planning, course selection and determining progress toward meeting graduation requirements. Ultimate responsibility for knowing and meeting requirements rests with the student, who needs to be thoroughly familiar with the undergraduate catalog and with appropriate curricular check sheets. Students admitted to the College of Musical Arts as music majors or minors are encour
    aged to meet with the chairs or advisers of the appropriate departments to discuss their academic programs.

    Honors and student organizations

    The national honorary music fraternity is Pi Kappa Lambda and Bowling Green State University is home of the Delta Omicron chapter. Students may also join a variety of professional and service clubs including: Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, American String Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma and Student Council.

    Admission as music major or minor

    Incoming freshmen or transfer students who fall into one or more of the following categories are required to present an entrance audition in their principal medium prior to registration as a music major/minor:

  • 1. Students wishing to major in music through the B.M. degree in the College of Musical Arts or the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2. Students who wish to minor in music who are enrolled in any college in the University.
  • 3. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to be considered for a Music Talent Award from the College of Musical Arts.
  • 4. Students from any college at BGSU who wish to enroll for private music lessons for credit. (Non-credit applied music lessons are available through the Creative Arts Program without an audition.)
  • Entrance auditions prior to enrollment are not required for students who do not meet the criteria listed above and only want to perform in a University ensemble.

    Students who present music auditions are also required to take a diagnostic examination in general musicianship. For music majors and minors, the results of this test will determine placement in theory courses in the basic musicianship core curriculum. A study guide is available from the College of Musical Arts office prior to the examination.

    Applicants with performance skills in more than one medium are encouraged to audition in the second medium as well. Students who present an audition will be

    notified of the results of the audition and the diagnostic examination in basic musicianship.

    Students who wish to major in composition must also submit a portfolio of works before or at the time of their entrance audition.

    For a list of upcoming audition dates and details concerning audition requirements, for a tour of the Moore Musical Arts Center and a campus interview with a music representative, contact the coordinator of music admissions, 372-8577. For information about other University entrance/placement examinations, see Academic Policies (p. 5) and Admissions Requirements (p. 26).

    Choice of a major/double major

    Upon arrival, every student wishing to pursue the bachelor of music degree and approved to major in music through the entrance audition will select a suitable major in consultation with an adviser. After acceptance as a music major, many of the degree programs have additional requirements that are described in the respective sections below.

    Students considering a major in jazz studies should meet with the coordinator of the jazz studies program. Music composition majors should meet with the composition coordinator.

    A student interested in a double major should consult the chairs of the departments involved for information pertaining to the requirements. Double majors must be approved by the chairs of the appropriate departments. Such programs ordinarily require more than eight semesters to complete.

    Music opportunities for the non-major

    Entrance auditions are not required for University students who want to take music classes to fulfill general education requirements or to participate in one of the many performance ensembles in the College of Musical Arts. The student interested in music but not planning to be a major or minor will find a wide variety of courses, group lessons and performing groups from which to choose.

    Courses range from a basic music appreciation class that embraces both popular and classical styles to more specific courses in art music, jazz, world music, music theory and composition.

    Group lessons in piano, voice or guitar are available. Private lessons for credit in other instruments and voice are assigned on a space available basis to BGSU students who have presented an entrance audition with our faculty. Lessons without college credit are available through the Creative Arts Program without an audition.

    Membership in music ensembles is open to all students in the University. See course descriptions for a full listing of ensembles. The following ensembles require a place
    ment audition at the start of the semester:
    A Cappella Choir, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus and Collegiate Chorale; Concert, University, Athletic, Marching and Symphonic Bands; Philharmonia Orchestra, and a variety of small vocal and instrumental ensembles including Brass Choir, Jazz Lab Band and New Music Ensemble.

    Three additional ensembles are open to any University student without an audition: Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble.

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