Jun 03, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music


Kim Walker, Director

Horn Professor: Westney
Professors: Brumfield, Deahl, D. Dees, Dent, Dolter, Dye, Gilbert, Killian, McKoin, Meek, Rogers, L. Santa, M. Santa, Shea, Shinn, C.J. Smith, C.M. Smith, Strieder, Wass, N. Zahler
Associate Professors: Allen, Anderson, Cash, ​Chalex-Boyle, Cruse, Decker, Fischer, Forrest, Fried, Hollins, Jocoy, Jones, Lastrapes, Martens, Morton, A. Smith, Zabriskie
Assistant Professors: Brookes, Haugland, Hays, Henninger, Salazar, Sears, K. Sparr, Stetson, Wascoe-Hays, Williams
Professors of Practice: P. Mann, C. Zahler
Assistant Professor of Practice: T. Mann
Adjunct Instructors: Barrick, Boyle, Brandon, Brinker, J. Dees, Landes, Mazzucco, D. Sparr, Wheeler

CONTACT INFORMATION: 106 Music Building, Box 42033, Lubbock, TX 79409-2033, T 806.742.2270, F 806.742.2294, www.depts.ttu.edu/music

About the School

The school supervises the following degree programs and certificates:

The school also participates in the ethnic studies and humanities minor programs. The school’s degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Undergraduate Program

General Information

Admission and Assessment Requirements. Students applying to the School of Music will be admitted as “music audition required” (MUAR) until their audition. Acceptance to Texas Tech University does not ensure admission as a music major. Music majors must audition in their declared principal applied area with the appropriate faculty for acceptance into any music program. Consult the website of the School of Music for further information. After acceptance into the School of Music, music majors will participate in applied and academic assessment during each semester of enrollment. Students must maintain a grade of C or above in every course designated as part of the major area music curriculum. Students not receiving a grade of C in such course(s), will be allowed to repeat the course(s) twice to achieve the minimum grade of C. University policy states that a student may repeat a course for credit only one time at the normal tuition rate; those repeating a course more than once must pay an additional cost-of-education fee. Students who do not receive a minimum grade of C in a major area course after repeating it twice will no longer be able to continue their status as a music major and must declare a major other than music. See the academic advisor in the School of Music for specific details regarding courses constituting the major area music curriculum.

To qualify for advancement, students must earn a minimum grade of C during each semester of freshman and sophomore theory and aural skills.

Students wishing to change their concentration to performance after having been accepted into another concentration in music must proceed through a formal acceptance process for performance in the appropriate applied and ensemble areas. Students wanting to move from the Bachelor of Arts in Music to any of the Bachelor of Music concentrations must also follow the above procedure. Additional information about applied music is available from the School of Music. Graduation requirements in applied music vary according to the student’s degree and concentration.

Entering freshmen may receive credit for college-level work in music accomplished prior to entering the university. This may be done through advanced standing examinations administered by the faculty of the School of Music during the first semester of the freshman year after the student has obtained permission from the Academic Dean of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. Advanced standing examinations will be administered only in the field of music theory. To receive credit by an advanced standing examination, the student must achieve a grade of not less than a B on such an examination.

All students whose principal instrument is not keyboard must demonstrate keyboard proficiency as determined by the school.

Refer to the curriculum tables that follow and consult with an advisor for specific ensemble requirements pertaining to particular degree plans.

Residency Requirements. Students working toward a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music (leading toward teacher certification), or a Bachelor of Arts in Music must complete a minimum of 24 hours of music in residence at Texas Tech. Minors in music require minimum of 9 hours of music in residence at Texas Tech. Information is available in the School of Music office.

Recital Requirements. Performance students are required to present a half-length junior recital and a full-length senior recital. Candidates for music with teacher certification must present a half-length recital. The recital program must be approved by the appropriate area faculty or applied faculty member and submitted to the Publicity Office at least two weeks prior to the recital for processing. Permission to present each recital must be obtained from an examining jury at least two weeks prior to the recital.

Music composition students are required to present a recital of their original compositions during the senior year. Permission to present the recital must be obtained from the composition faculty one semester prior to the recital.

Postponement or cancellation of a scheduled recital (without penalty) is allowed only with good reason such as illness or death in the family. Failure to pass a hearing or failure of preparation are not valid reasons. The appropriate applied faculty member must verify any reason for postponement or cancellation. If a recital is postponed for verified good reason, the student may reschedule in the same or subsequent semester. If a scheduled recital is postponed or canceled without verified good reason, the student may not reschedule during the same semester in which postponement or cancellation occurs.

All School of Music undergraduate music majors enrolled in applied lessons are expected to experience a broad range of repertory through attendance each semester at such performance events as recitals, guest artist concerts, ensemble concerts, chamber music concerts, opera and music theatre productions, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and Presidential Lecture and Performance Series events.

Semester Credit Hour and Contact Hour Equivalents. Pursuant to the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and the norms stated in the NASM Handbook, credit and time expectations for School of Music courses are as follows:

  • For applied lessons, the standard requirement is one contact hour of one-on-one instruction and one contact hour of studio class per week, thus totaling 30 in-class contact hours per semester. In addition, an average of two non-contact hours per day are expected for out-of-class student practice.
  • For traditionally delivered 3-credit-hour lecture- and seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for three hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of six hours per week. For 3-credit-hour studio- and project-based courses, students should expect to be in class for six hours per week and work outside of class between three and six hours per week.
  • For large ensembles, students should expect to be in class for a minimum of three hours per week for 1 credit hour. Small and medium ensembles normally meet in class a minimum of one or two hours per week for 1 credit hour.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication literacy in music is evidenced by competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and performing. This comprehensive approach to “musical” communication literacy is apparent in all undergraduate music degrees by matriculation and completion of our three-semester series of musicology courses (i.e. music as cultural history). There is a very distinct sequential approach to “musical” communication literacy by the orderly completion of these courses with a research paper and basic listening skills enhanced in the form of journals employed in the beginning course of the sequence, MUHL 2301  and further through the culminating course MUHL 3303 , where performance practice, critical listening, and role-playing are the hallmarks of musical integration and communication. Courses in the Communication Literacy plan are (1) MUHL 2301 , (2) MUHL 3302 , and (3) MUHL 3303 .

Core Curriculum. All concentrations have the same core curriculum and professional education courses. Consult an advisor for specific courses

Semester Hours
Written Communication 6
  ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302    
Oral Communication 3
Mathematics 6
Life and Physical Sciences 8
United States History 6
United States and Texas Government 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
  See an advisor  
Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3

Transfer credit for core curriculum courses. Some degree programs and/or minors include specific core curriculum courses as graduation requirements or prerequisites for other courses. Students who transfer in (or have previously completed via credit by exam) core curriculum courses that differ from those included in the degree program could be required to complete additional core curriculum courses as degree requirements.

Minor in Music. A student may seek a minor in music by completing 18 hours selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisor in the School of Music.

Courses for Non-majors. Non-music majors may elect class or private instruction in voice or in any instrument subject to the availability of faculty. Students enrolled in applied music are carried at their maximum level of achievement, and the non-music major is not examined in competition with the music major. In addition to the above, courses designed to serve all students enrolled in the university include all major ensembles such as Marching Band (fall only—MUEN 1103 , MUEN 3103 , MUEN 3203 ); Symphonic, Concert, and University Bands (MUEN 3103 , MUEN 3203 ); Orchestra (MUEN 3104 , MUEN 3204 ); University Choir (MUEN 3101 , MUEN 3201 ); University Singers, Women’s Chorus and Matador Singers (MUEN 3101 ); Music Theatre (MUEN 3102 ); Jazz Ensembles (MUEN 3105 ); and Small/Medium Ensembles (MUEN 3106 , MUEN 3110 ). Auditions are required for most of these ensembles; contact the ensembles office at 806.742.2272 for information about auditions.

The following courses are designed specifically for non-majors:

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the School of Music, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

(Click on program for curricular table.)


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