Oct 02, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022

Department of Music

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Richard H. Bailey, Jr.

Associate Professor

Richard H. Bailey, Jr.

Assistant Professors

John R. Graham
Demarr Woods


Andee Book
Darryl K. Evans
Harold Fooster
Jerron Liddell
Sharon Young

Administrative Analyst

Jerri Taylor

Administrative Specialist

Sheila Early

Music Arranger/Inventory Tech

Gerome Hudson

Music Librarian

James Mincy

Mission Statement

While still embracing its land grant-mission and programs “responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally and economically diverse student population”, the UAPB mission statement stresses “academically deserving students and leadership in a 21st century national and global community.” The Music Department has a mission that is in alignment with that of the University and is dedicated to: offering experiences and curricula that lead to professional licensure in music education, preparing students for graduate and professional studies in music, providing internship opportunities to provide real-world educational experiences and bolster student marketability, developing performing opportunities that enrich both students and community, producing technologically experienced music professionals, and training students to become leaders and advocates for the music profession.

Vision Statement

The Music Department’s respect for its tradition and history does not come at the expense of embracing change. The department aspires to be an agent of change that enhances both the individual’s quality of life and that of the community by: providing life-long learning experiences via distance learning and other emerging technologies; being a center and resource for teacher excellence in music education; improving the quality of life by producing concerts, master classes and other music activities open to the public; becoming the first choice of students regionally and nationally desiring to enroll in an exceptional program with exceptional opportunities for musical growth. In essence, the department seeks to create a greater appreciation of music’s power to inform, enrich, and inspire.


Goal 1 Prepare students to become licensed professional music educators by:
    Objective 1.1 Providing curricula and field experiences to prepare students to become teachers;
    Objective 1.2 Providing performance and laboratory experiences to prepare students to lead an ensemble;
    Objective 1.3 Developing general teaching competencies in curriculum development, methodology, pedagogy, selecting instructional materials, and assessment; and
    Objective 1.4 Introducing students to computer assisted software available for music instruction.
Goal 2 Prepare sound recording technology professionals by
    Objective 2.1 Offering a curriculum that provides the knowledge base and skill sets to adapt to a changing professional environment;
    Objective 2.2 Providing pre-professional experiences and internships with area professionals; and
    Objective 2.3 Offering workshops, clinics, and seminars led by industry professionals that address current technological changes.
Goal 3 Prepare students for graduate and professional studies in music by:
    Objective 3.1 Providing students with a broad liberal arts education that will prepare them to conduct research in music;
    Objective 3.2 Preparing students to perform at a level expected of independent music professionals; and
    Objective 3.3 Preparing students to be computer literate.
Goal 4 Provide future music professionals with basic skills in music technology by:
    Objective 4.1 Providing practical experiences utilizing technologies available in the typical classroom;
    Objective 4.2 Requiring students to become familiar with age-appropriate music software; and
    Objective 4.3 Providing workshops, tutorials, and seminars in various technologies.
Goal 5 Create an environment that fosters a culture of excellence among a heterogeneous clientele by:
    Objective 5.1 Encouraging and supporting professional development of faculty;
    Objective 5.2 Encouraging and supporting professional development of students; and
    Objective 5.3 Establishing standards for excellence through assessment and using results to improve instruction.
Goal 6 Make our faculty, ensembles, and facilities available as a resource for the community.
    Objective 6.1 Offering workshops, master classes, lectures, concerts, and recitals to the public; and
    Objective 6.2 Providing access to library holdings.

Degree Options

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Science Degree with three options: Teaching, Non-teaching (Music and an Outside Field), and Non-teaching (Sound Recording Technology).


The programs of study in music require candidates to complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours or their equivalent, including the core of general education courses for the particular degree offered. The number of music hours varies with each degree plan.

It is required that music students audition and declare a major applied area of study at the time they enter the program.

Theory Placement/General Music Assessment Examination-(GMAE)

All freshmen must be assessed for placement in theory and applied areas. The Theory Placement Exam determines placement in Prep Theory or Theory I. Students not receiving a passing score on the Theory Placement Exam must register for Prep Theory. Students receiving a passing score will be eligible to register for Theory I. The General Music Assessment portion of the exam will be used to assess the entering student’s general knowledge of a broad range of music topics.

Piano Proficiency

All students (with the exception of piano majors who have passed the audition requirement) must take four semesters of class piano. After completing the fourth semester, all students are required to take and pass the Piano Proficiency Exam. The requirements for the Piano Proficiency Exam can be found in the departmental handbook and on the Music Department website.

Applied Music

All entering students intending to major in music must perform and pass an audition on their applied instrument/voice and must complete the “Intent to Major in Music” Form. Entrance auditions will be held prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Information regarding this requirement is available in the Music Office. The department requires proficiency in one of the following areas of applied music for graduation: piano, voice, percussion, or any of the standard band and orchestral instruments. In order to satisfy the applied music requirement, students must complete a minimum of five to seven semesters in one applied area. Additionally, all majors must register for applied instruction each semester of their residency or until they satisfactorily perform their graduating recital.

Applied Jury

Students are required to play an applied jury at the end of each semester of applied music study. Applied juries assess students’ progress in their chosen applied area. These examinations are scheduled immediately before final semester examinations. Students who fail to play an applied jury will receive an “F” in their applied music course and must repeat the applied course.

Sophomore Barrier Examination

All students enrolled in applied MUSI 2103  must pass the Sophomore Barrier Exam. The Sophomore Barrier Exam assesses students’ satisfactory progress in their chosen applied area. The student performs from a required repertoire list (consult the applied music instructor or see website) before the entire music faculty. Students who do not pass the Sophomore Barrier Exam must repeat MUSI 2103 . Students will not be allowed to continue taking upper level courses in their major until this requirement is met.

Graduating Recital

All music majors must perform a public solo recital as partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements. Students must satisfy established requirements regarding the recital content (music literature), length and performance level. Additionally, all students must adhere to the following policy concerning graduating recitals:

The graduating recital must be performed the semester before student teaching, internships, senior projects, or internship in the designated outside field.

During the semester in which the graduating recital is to be performed, the student must register for MUSI 4010 , MUSI 3010 , or MUSI 4020  (depending on the student’s curriculum). Then the student should schedule the jury date and recital date by the fourth week of the semester. The student is responsible for completing all necessary paperwork related to the graduating recital and submitting this paperwork to his/her applied instructor. The instructor will submit the paperwork with all the necessary signatures and other information to the Music Office. Failure to follow the established protocol will prevent the student from performing the recital during the intended semester.

The student must pass the jury no later than two weeks before the scheduled recital date. At least three faculty members, including the applied teacher (and when appropriate, the “lead teacher”), must be present at this jury. Additionally, everyone who will perform on the recital (accompanist, accompanying musicians, narrators, etc.) must also be present at this jury.

Recital Attendance

The department schedules student recitals, ensemble concerts, and other performances throughout the school year. All students must register for the non-credit “Recital Attendance” class. The department requires all music majors and minors to attend all departmental concerts and recitals. A grade “pass” or “fail” is awarded to the student, depending on whether or not the student satisfies attendance requirements established for the course. Students must register for and pass at least six semesters of Recital Attendance as a requirement for graduation.

Music Ensembles

Performance ensembles in the Music Department include: Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Symphony, University Singers, Opera Workshop, and Vesper Choir. Membership in these ensembles is based upon audition and is not limited to music majors. Excluding the semester the student is registered for student teaching, senior project, internship, or special problems, students seeking the B.S. in Music (Teaching or Non-Teaching) degree are required to register for an ensemble each semester depending on their degree. Students must pass a minimum of seven semesters of ensemble to meet graduation requirements. Students seeking a B.S. in Music Sound Recording Technology must enroll in a minimum of four semesters of ensemble.

Applied Music-Piano

Students who wish to elect piano as an applied major may do so only after satisfactory performance of an audition with the applied teacher. The audition covers sight-reading, scales, and the performance of a short composition by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Frederic Chopin, or other classical composers. If the audition is not satisfactory, the department encourages students to enroll in the appropriate piano class for one or two semesters, or MUSI 1170  and MUSI 1171 . These two classes will not substitute for MUSI 1104  and MUSI 1105 . By the end of the second semester of study, if students demonstrate acceptable keyboard proficiency, they will be permitted to elect piano as their applied instrument and will be allowed to register for MUSI 1104 .

Applied Music-Voice

Students who wish to elect voice as an applied major may do so only after satisfactory performance of an audition with the applied teacher. While many voice majors do not enter the university with a background in classical music, music reading, theory, or foreign languages, they will be expected to develop mastery in all these areas during their tenure at UAPB.

Teaching Option

The Department of Music’s commitment to a culture of excellence fosters in each student a lifelong pursuit of excellence in music studies, a desire to take an active role in their professional development, and a commitment to professional organizations in the field of music. To this end, the Department of Music, in cooperation with the School of Education, provides a comprehensive program in music education that leads to teacher licensure in the State of Arkansas. The curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science in Music (Teaching) with a concentration in either vocal/piano or instrumental.

Goal 1 Prepare future leaders in music education.
    Objective 1.1 Prepare students to be advocates for music education.
    Objective 1.2 Prepare students to teach a broad range of instruments and music courses.
    Objective 1.3 Develop competency in keyboard skills, score reading, and conducting.
    Objective 1.4 Develop an understanding of child development in the structuring of curriculum.
    Objective 1.5 Prepare students to handle the administrative tasks of music educators: fiscal responsibilities, recruitment, performance programming, library and equipment conservation, curriculum and scheduling.
    Objective 1.6 Develop effective writing and oral communication skills.
Goal 2 As an HBCU, the department addresses the shortage of licensed minority music educators needed to educate a diverse student population.
    Objective 2.1 Provide content knowledge and experiences necessary to be a music educator in a variety of educational settings.
    Objective 2.2 Develop an appreciation for different styles of life and of learning and an understanding of how learners develop along multiple dimensions.
    Objective 2.3 Develop an awareness of the diversity of populations within various school systems, and learn the means of teaching students of diverse backgrounds through a multicultural approach to music education.
Goal 3 Prepare students to be computer literate and capable of integrating technology into a music setting.
    Objective 3.1 Become familiar with technological resources for music education.
    Objective 3.2 Understand that technology’s role is only a means to achieving artistic and intellectual goals and not mastery for its own sake.



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