Lise Keiter, Department Chair
Richard Adams, Sharon Barnes, Johanna Beaver, Timothy Duncan, Andrew Gabbert, Jessica Long, Lynne Mackey, Marie Masincup, Greg Moody, Erin Murphy, Craig Robertson
The music department oﬀers a Major in Music, a Minor in Music, and introductory courses and electives for more casual music enthusiasts. Mary Baldwin also offers Music Education Licensure (Vocal/Choral PreK-12). Students interested in Music Education complete the Music Education Minor, and students seeking Music Education Licensure complete additional requirements. (Music Education Licensure students should work closely with a Music Advisor and an Education Advisor.) Students looking for a more Interdisciplinary Major may also be interested in the Performing Arts Major with Concentration in Music or the Arts Management Major with Concentration in Music.
In all of its oﬀerings, the department is committed to the exploration of music within the context of the liberal arts. Vocal, keyboard, and selected instrumental instruction is available to all students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Mary Baldwin University Choir has an active schedule and is open to all students, as are other vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The Music Major at Mary Baldwin is for students who are passionate about music and dedicated to their craft. The Music Major curriculum includes a core of music theory and music history courses, along with applied lessons and ensemble experience. Our program’s flexibility also allows students to choose from an array of music history electives and develop an individualized senior project.
Students who have been accepted into the Performance Emphasis complete additional rigorous study on their major instrument or voice, along with other supporting coursework. Our two-step audition process includes an entrance audition (students may audition before they come to MBU, or in their first semester of study) and a formal audition at the end of the sophomore year. All Performance Emphasis Music Majors work closely with their Applied Teacher to improve as musicians and achieve personal goals, complete repertoire requirements, and prepare for their junior and senior recitals.
Civic Engagement Opportunities
- Performing in the community, as a soloist or in one of the music department’s ensembles
- Sharing talents with the community, through the Senior Project
- Engaging with community members who attend on-campus concerts.
Requirements for All Music Majors:
Performance Emphasis Areas
The Music Major with Performance Emphasis is open to all students by audition and includes additional requirements. (Students who are not completing the Performance Emphasis only need to complete the “Requirements for all Music majors,” listed above. Total credits for Music Major without Performance Emphasis: 38-42.)
Students pursuing the Performance Emphasis must pass a preliminary audition (either before they arrive at MBU or at the end of their first semester of Applied Study) and a Formal Audition at the end of their sophomore year. In addition to the “Requirements for All Music Majors,” listed above, Performance Emphasis students complete one of the following Emphasis Requirements:
Vocal Performance Emphasis
Students must complete all of the "Requirements for All Music Majors," above, as well as the following additional requirements, listed below.
(Students are also encouraged to take Thea 121 (Acting I). MUS 301 (-Junior Recital) is also strongly recommended.)
Piano Performance Emphasis
Students must complete all of the "Requirements for All Music Majors," above, as well as the following additional requirements, listed below. MUS 301 (-Junior Recital) is also strongly recommended.
Instrumental Performance Emphasis
Students must complete all of the "Requirements for All Music Majors," above, as well as the following additional requirements, listed below. (MUS 301 (Junior Recital) is also strongly recommended.)