Location: Smith Center for the Arts G04
Catherine E. Gordon-Seifert, Ph.D., Chairperson
Sister Gail P. Himrod, O.P., Mus.A.D.
Patricia W. Cichy, Ph.D.
Michele M. Holt, D.M.A., Program Director/Music Education, Director of Choral Activities
Sang Woo Kang, D.M.A.
Christopher T. Kelton, D.M., Director of Instrumental Activities
Administrative Staff and Special Lecturers
David Harper, M.Mus., Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Eric D. Mazonson, M.M., Music Accompanist
The objective of the Department of Music is to offer the study of music in a balanced and creative atmosphere that emphasizes the theoretical, historical, and educational foundations of music in a liberal arts context. Ample opportunity is provided for vocal and instrumental study and performance on an individual basis as well as in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles.
The Department of Music offers a bachelor of arts in music and a bachelor of arts in music/music education. The bachelor of arts in music has five areas of specialization: History/Literature; Theory/Composition; Performance; Jazz; and Church Music. The program is a broad experience of the various aspects of music history, music theory, performance, and ensemble participation within the liberal arts context of the College.
The bachelor of arts in music education is a balance between the liberal arts program of the College and the requirements for both the music and education departments for the certification process in music education. Students will focus on the historical, philosophical, and psychological aspects of music education, while also becoming proficient in areas such as elementary and secondary methods, and conducting. Combined with required field experiences and 12 credits of student teaching, music education candidates will have an understanding of past and current methodologies and research in the field of music education. This K-12 music education program will prepare students for certification in the state of Rhode Island, which has reciprocity with more than 40 states throughout the country. Students majoring in music education are required to have and maintain a grade point average of 2.5.
All students intending to major in music or music education are required to audition and be interviewed by members of the music faculty. Approval from the Department of Music must be obtained before declaring a music major. All students intending to declare a major must do so no later than the spring registration period of his/her sophomore year or with special departmental approval.
Concerts and recitals by faculty and students in the department as well as a variety of other cultural events on campus, in the community, and in nearby Boston provide further opportunities for musical growth and appreciation.