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Music

Music

Our program is awakening the possibilities of students on campus and helping to make music a lifelong pursuit.
Wes King
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands
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  • About: Music
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Ensembles
  • The Arts Scholarship Days
  • COMING IN 2018!

The Siena Heights Music Program has a new and revitalized music major! Music at SHU is experiencing new and exciting growth. Scholarships are available! Check out our Music Scholarship Days!



FAST FACT: The new $11 million Spencer Performing Arts Center will include a theater for theatrical performances, as well as program support space such as a new band room, dance studio, scene shop and recital rooms will expand the footprint of the facility by more than 18,000 square feet. Completion is expected by Fall 2018. 


Mission

The mission of the Music Education program at Siena Heights University is to prepare outstanding music educators in an authentic context learning environment grounded in dynamic real-life experiences. Our undergraduate program provides a rigorous curriculum, rich in content and practice; and designed purposefully to reveal individual student potential as innovative, risk taking, inquisitively unique voices as future music educators.

About the Program

Our faculty consist of teacher/musicians who have practical, relevant experience in music education from pre-kindergarten to post graduate. As lifelong learners, our professors and instructors seek to instill a passion for not only making music, but teaching it as well. Education permeates every aspect of music instruction at SHU, and Music Education students graduate with necessary skills to become not only effective teachers, but also leaders in their field.

The strong relationship between the Division of Education and the Department of Music at Siena Heights University shows the unique emphasis placed on a shared vision of Music Education that is a source of pride to students, faculty, and alumni. This commitment is exemplified through effective and inspirational teaching by outstanding faculty both in the Department of Music and the Division of Education, and as an accredited program through the Higher Learning Commission and Michigan Department of Education.

As such, Music Education students at Siena Heights University have the potential to become outstanding K-12 music teachers, at the state and national levels. This is accomplished through individualized attention in more personal settings, while not compromising quality or experience.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

AT A GLANCE

Music Education students at SHU are collegiate members of the National Association for Music Education, Michigan Music Educators Association, and other professional organizations appropriate to their content areas.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 4648Semester Hours
Course Type CONCENTRATION
Required Credit Hours 12Semester Hours
Course Type LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 32Semester Hours
Course Type ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 30Semester Hours
Total for major
120122Semester Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Chamber Singers
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Concert Band
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Jazz Band
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Marching Band
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name University Chorale
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Youth Symphony
Course Type ENSEMBLE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Aural Harmony & Sight Singing I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Aural Harmony & Sight Singing II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Aural Harmony/Sight Singing III
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Class Piano for Music Majors I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Class Piano for Music Majors II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Class Piano for Music Majors III
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Class Piano for Music Majors IV
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Fundamentals of Music Theory
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name History of Western Music I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name History of Western Music II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name History of Western Music III
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Music Theory I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Music Theory II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Music Theory III
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Recital (Senior Year)
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 2
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choirs
Music
517-264-7896
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands
Music
Adrian
517-264-7898

Here are just a sampling of careers in the music field:

  • Audio engineering
  • Church musician
  • Conducting
  • Film scoring
  • Music arranging
  • Music composition
  • Music industry
  • Music software development
  • Music therapist
  • Performance
  • Production/engineering
  • Recording editing
  • Songwriting
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Teaching
  • Video game sound
All Siena students have the option of participating in the following ensembles:

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required.

Check back for the 2018 dates!



In October 2016, Siena Heights University broke ground on the new Mary and Sash Spencer Performing Arts Center. The existing theater space will be renovated for enhanced acoustic performance as to serve the students in our growing music program. A new band room, dance studio and recital rooms will help expand the footprint of the facility by more than 18,000 square feet.

The new $11 million facility is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.  


Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts

Location(s):

Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.
(800) 521-0009