Finally...a home for music in Catholic higher education.
Ave Maria University’s Department of Music is fast becoming a leader among Catholic institutions of higher learning in the area of music. Besides a close working relationship with faculty, excellent resources, and premium performance opportunities, the curriculum in music provides students with an insight into musical thought and practice unavailable at most institutions. We are proud of our rigorous musicianship training that emphasizes the development of musical intelligence that will suit our graduates for a future in musical leadership in a variety of contexts.
- The Department of Music accepts students in the areas of Piano, Organ, and Voice only.
- Admission to the Department of Music is by audition only. Please see the links on the left for Audition Requirements and the Audition Application form.
Ave Maria University's Department of Music is pleased to offer music scholarships to incoming students majoring in music. Awards are made to those auditioning students who qualify via their audition performance, sight reading ability, and interview with the music faculty. All auditions completed before April 30 are considered for a music scholarship - there is no separate application. On-site auditions receive priority consideration. For more information, please contact Prof. Rebecca Ostermann at email@example.com.
Auditions may be scheduled outside of these weekends in some cases, with the permission of the Department of Music.
Music Audition Weekends for students who intend to enter the program in Fall 2013:
- Nov. 9-11, 2012
- Feb. 8-10, 2013
- April 5-7, 2013
For more information on the Music Audition Weekends please click here.
The Study of Music
Music is both a linguistic and mathematical discipline. As an intellectual enterprise, music study is concerned with both the physical phenomena that give rise to its sonic elements as well as the principles of syntax and grammar that operate with varying consistency over the periods of music history. Ave Maria’s Department of Music seeks to engage its students in the musical life of the mind.
Music theory is an indispensible knowledge base for all musicians. It is the basis upon which we practice and judge creative musical endeavor. The music theory program addresses itself essentially to the development of writing skills in music. While not every student will manifest compositional inclination, learning the technique upon which the craft of composition stands will make our students better judges of compositional success in every style and genre.
The study of music history is paramount for an understanding of the cultural impact that music has had on human civilization. Given the great cultural mandate that Ave Maria assumes as central to its mission, this study is critical for an understanding of how music has helped to form civilization, and how human civilization has effected music in its turn. These lessons cannot help but influence the way that today’s musicians apply their gifts and their art to the cause of cultural formation in the light of a Christian vision for civilization.
The art of conducting is emphasized in the music department. It requires the culmination of a broad nexus of musical competencies – both applied and theoretical – and places them in the service of musical leadership. Control, mastery, and poise are the qualities we foster in our young conductors.
Admission to the Department of Music is dependent upon the successful completion of an audition in piano, organ, or voice, and a diagnostic test in music theory. A successful audition will consist of the performance of a challenging classical work that demonstrates technical and musical maturity, and the potential for advanced study in music. On-site auditions are highly recommended and should be scheduled through the Music Department. To schedule an audition, please see the Audition Application link on the left, or contact Prof. Ostermann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Major Courses
- Keyboard Proficiency exams (0 credits)
- MUSC 104A Elementary Music Theory I (3 credits)
- MUSC 104B Elementary Music Theory II (3 credits)
- MUSC 105A Elementary Musicianship I (1 credit)
- MUSC 105B Elementary Musicianship II (1 credit)
- MUSC 111-113 Applied Voice, Organ or Piano (8 credits)
- MUSC 204A Intermediate Music Theory I (3 credits)
- MUSC 204B Intermediate Music Theory II (3 credits)
- MUSC 205A Intermediate Musicianship I (1 credit)
- MUSC 205B Intermediate Musicianship II (1 credit)
- MUSC 212A Survey of Western Music History I (3 credits)
- MUSC 212B Survey of Western Music History II (3 credits)
- MUSC 430 Conducting (2 credits)
- MUSC 440 Senior Recital or 441 Senior Project (1 credit)
- 6 credits of MUSC 200/300 University Choir (1 credit) or
- 4 credits of MUSC 200/300 and 2 credits MUSC 410 Chamber Choir(s) (1 credit)
Required Minor Courses:
- MUSC 104A: Elementary Music Theory I (3 credits)
- MUSC 104B: Elementary Music Theory II (3 credits)
- MUSC 105A: Elementary Musicianship I (1 credit)
- MUSC 105B: Elementary Musicianship II (1 credit)
- MUSC 110/310: Applied Music (1 cr. per semester, 2 cr. required)
- MUSC 212A: Survey of Western Music History I (3 credits)
- MUSC 212B: Survey of Western Music History II (3 credits)
- Any music elective (2 credits)
- Recommended: MUSC 430: Conducting (2 credits)
- MUSC 200/300: Ave Maria University Choir (1 credit per semester)
Sacred Music Concentration
The department offers its students an elective concentration in Sacred Music, which emphasizes the restoration, preservation, and cultivation of the Catholic Church’s heritage of sacred and liturgical music.
- MUSC 101M Men’s Schola Gregoriana or 101W Women’s Schola Gregoriana (0 credits)
- MUSC 305 Heritage of Sacred Music (4 credits)
- MUSC 420 Gregorian Chant (2 credits)