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The mission of the Millersville University Department of Music is to offer an innovative, creative and caring experience that fosters excellence in performance, education and entrepreneurship. The music industry, as well as the field of music education, is changing rapidly. Are you ready to adapt to advancements in business and educational practices, technology and trends? The Department of Music at Millersville University will prepare you for these exciting challenges with a dynamic, innovative curriculum with a variety of courses and the opportunity to pursue minors in business and entrepreneurial studies. Learn with our world-class faculty within a creative environment and state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Gain real-world experience through professional venues, field experiences and internship opportunities. Be part of a vibrant and caring community. If you want to develop your skills—and are up to the challenge of shaping the future of music—then I invite you to join us. Dr. Micheål B. Houlahan Chairperson and Professor



BRITTANY Brittany—Millersville University offers such a wide range of organizations, activities and opportunities. I have participated in Marauder Music Productions (MU’s music production company), OperaLancaster in partnership with MU’s voice studio, given a lecture recital, studied abroad in London, UK…the list goes on! Every year, more and more doors open for you, if you’re ready to go through them.

BRAD Brad—Millersville University’s Music Department offers invaluable experience to develop oneself as a professional within an industry demanding constant adaptation. My internship at the Ware Center provided me with valuable hands-on experience interacting with various artists, and also broadening my understanding of how a non-profit organization handles business operations. This excellent opportunity led to an internship in New York City at Warner Music Group, a major record company.


Israel—During my time at Millersville University, I have had numerous opportunities like traveling out of state for conferences, teaching private lessons, playing in local pit orchestras and gaining first-hand teaching experience at a local elementary school through a scholarship that I received from “Music for Everyone.” Opportunities are valuable only if you take full advantage of seeking them out and creating new ones. I have learned how to tailor my college education to fit my needs. 3

WHY MILLERSVILLE? • U.S. News & World Report ranked Millersville University in the top 100 of the Best Regional Universities in the North for 2014. The report reviews quality of education, recognizes academically rigorous liberal arts curriculum, class size and student-to-faculty ratio, among others. • has ranked Millersville as a top college in Pennsylvania for return on investment. • has named Millersville University one of the safest college campuses in America. • Millersville University creates opportunities to develop students’ entrepreneurial, performance and creative skills.

• Music business students have the opportunity to interact with some of the country’s leading professionals through campus lectures and two internships. • Motivated students experience many opportunities to challenge themselves further academically through our acclaimed Honors College, International Study Abroad programs and a broad scope of courses and information available through MU Online. • Offering an ideal location, Millersville University is only three hours from New York City, and under 90 minutes to Philadelphia and Baltimore, so that you can easily network and establish yourself as an up-and-coming music professional—even before you graduate.

• Mentorship and apprenticeship are key. For six of eight semesters before graduating, music education students observe and teach at all levels of the K-12 vocal and instrumental music curriculum.





Toy Soldiers, a Creative Success Story Made in Millersville—Voted one of the “Top Bands to Watch in 2013” by USA Today, Toy Soldiers is a lively, hardworking 5-piece band formed in 2007. The group, which includes among other members, Millersville alumni Dominic Billett (drums), Bill McCloskey (bass) and Matt Kelly (guitar), spent most of 2012 playing hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast and in their hometown of Philadelphia with their soulful brand of rock n’ roll music. And with the release of their second full-length album, The Maybe Boys, it’s clear they have no intention of slowing down on their road to success! 5


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC EDUCATION Millersville University’s division of Music Education offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive and integrated courses of study. Every student in the degree program participates in “Creative Campus” initiative as performers, educators and entrepreneurs, and in real-world teaching projects prior to student teaching. INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM • We offer an education centered on the Kodály Concept of Music, which has been proven to be an effective means for developing musicianship skills. Two of the leading international experts on this system are on our faculty. • Textbooks written by our faculty are in use at Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, New York University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Ithaca, as well as throughout Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and are currently being translated into Chinese.

CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT • Our buildings feature practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, a cutting-edge recording studio (one of the top in the country), the largest state-of-the-art electronic piano lab in the United States, offices, studios and music libraries. • With the arrival of new technology, students are able to interact and learn in real-time across any geographical distance on our DCFX Disklavier. This instrument is providing a unique opportunity for interaction with international piano performances.

CARING COMMUNITY • Our students have opportunities to teach at Summer Music Camp, in Preparatory Division, tutor college students in their music courses and give group piano lessons during the Lancaster International Piano Festival. • We offer a unique partnership with Music for Everyone, which provides students with scholarships and first-hand teaching experiences with children in the Lancaster City schools.

• Students have a unique opportunity to obtain additional knowledge from the encouraged Entrepreneurial Minor that will allow them to bring an entrepreneurial perspective to the field of Music Education. 7

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC WITH AN EMPHASIS IN MUSIC BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY Millersville University uniquely combines both recording and music business classes into one major. Students in the Music Business and Technology (MB&T) program at Millersville University participate in the “Creative Campus” program as performers, entrepreneurs and educators, interact with visiting professionals, and participate in real-world projects.



• Students receive one degree that encompasses music business, recording and performance.

• Our buildings feature practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, a cutting-edge recording studio (one of the top in the country), the largest state-of-the-art electronic piano lab in the United States, offices, studios and music libraries.

• Project-based classes blend standard learning with hands-on experiences both in and out of the classroom. • Learn to fully operate ProTools and the d-Control recording surface in our state-of-the-art recording studio, as well as operate other digital audio workstations in our one-of-a-kind piano lab. • Classes focus on commercial, popular and arts administration studies. • Develop business skills in contract negotiation, interpretation of copyright law, licensing agreements, concert promotion, grant proposal writing, event planning, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, promotion and professional communication.

• Students work collaboratively, under the direction of a faculty member, to maintain and operate the University’s Production Company, Marauder Music Productions (MMP). This allows students to receive first-hand experience with marketing plans, strategic planning, recording, and producing.

CARING COMMUNITY • Students create, produce and successfully complete recording projects typical of those found in contemporary professional environments. • Faculty work with students to create opportunities to develop students’ entrepreneurial, performance and creative skills—skills which enable them to become music leaders in their communities.


• Through the Launch Music Conference and Festival in Lancaster, students have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with local musicians.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC The Bachelor of Arts in Music program at Millersville University provides a broad comprehension of the integral role of music in society. To prepare students for graduate study and/or a career in the arts, a working knowledge of American music and Western art music is developed, including history, literature and sources in art and vernacular traditions. Research into areas of specific interest is encouraged beyond the classroom and students are challenged to make music through analysis, composition, improvisation and performance. INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM • Students learn how to identify and apply related concepts in the curriculum, including historical, theoretical, pedagogical and practical. • Develop critical thinking and writing skills and a competency in working with musical technology. • Knowledge of music history with both written and oral communication is fostered and students are expected to attain a high level of performance on their major instruments.

Guest Artist: Zuill Bailey

CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT • Individualized instruction combines with performance with research which prepares students for graduate school. • Our buildings feature practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, a cutting-edge recording studio (one of the top in the country), the largest state-of-the-art electronic piano lab in the United States, offices, studios and music libraries. • Performing groups include orchestra, string ensemble, several choirs, wind ensemble, concert band, marching band, jazz bands, a variety of chamber ensembles, as well as the opportunity to perform with OperaLancaster and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. CARING COMMUNITY • Students attend and participate in the Lancaster International Piano Festival and Assai Performance Institute International String Festival—a unique opportunity to study with renowned teachers and scholars and meet students from all over the world. • Students receive an opportunity to collaborate with each other through peer mentorship, small ensembles and small class sizes. • Students have opportunities to teach at Summer Music Camp, in Preparatory Division, tutor college students in their music courses and give group piano lessons during the Lancaster Piano International Festival. 9

MINORS MINOR IN MUSIC • Designed for students majoring in fields other than music who are interested in further developing their performance skills on an instrument or voice. • Courses, in addition to private lessons, are designed to reinforce the overall musical background of the student. • The Minor in Music is not intended as professional preparation for a career in music, but for personal enrichment. • Admission to the program is offered by audition to students with a strong musical background. • Music Minors take required and elective music courses and receive many of the same benefits as music majors, including private instruction and opportunities for positions in Millersville University’s top performing ensembles. ENCOURAGED MINORS FOR MUSIC MAJORS: PAUL H. SLAUGH JR. ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINOR • Learn to identify resources and tools to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions. • Formulate business plans and develop ethical orientations to build informed decisions, strategies and relationships. • Students complete a minimum of 18 credits, which includes an introductory seminar on entrepreneurial thinking, two core classes, a practicum and a capstone course on business skills for entrepreneurs. GENERAL BUSINESS ACADEMIC MINOR PROGRAM • Complement your major through a minor that provides a solid foundation in general business. • Study concepts that can be applied to careers and advanced study in numerous fields. • Students complete a minimum of 18 credits, which includes courses in general business, two in accounting and one in management, marketing and finance.



Millersville University’s Ware Center in downtown Lancaster fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Students with an interest in Music Business and Technology will forge new alliances and create new opportunities as they use the city as a laboratory for ideas and an “incubator” for creative work. Downtown performances and lectures are accommodated in a rich acoustical and engaging environment. Master classes, some in conjunction with renowned visiting artists, are housed in this venue as well. T H E W I N T E R V I S UA L A N D P E R F O R M I N G A R T S C E N T E R

Millersville University’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center is a premiere performing arts center for arts learning in the 21st century. The center includes a performance hall, concert hall, recital hall, art gallery, dance studio and advanced technology offerings including:

• Piano Lab: As the only one of its kind in the United States, the lab houses 40 Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos, which are connected to each other as well as to the instructor. With this technology, students can listen to each other play, have the instructor isolate one piano and even control what the students are hearing. All Clavinova’s are equipped with a computer, enabling recording and composing students to work with Midi files and ProTools and Logic to arrange music and edit tracks. • Disklavier: The Yamaha DCFX Disklavier’s RemoteLive technology enables a pianist to perform in one location and have his or her keystrokes and pedal movements transmitted live, in real time, to other networked Disklavier pianos anywhere in the world. Combining perfectly synchronized video and audio plus MIDI broadcast from a single location to multiple locations. • Steinman Foundation Recording Suite: Containing state-ofthe-art equipment and acoustically adjustable surfaces, students will learn how to record performances, as well as edit and master the final track. Students have the ability to set up mics, amps and record musicians through ProTools and Logic from a live performance and are also able to utilize isolation booths for various pieces of a larger group. Not only can the recording studio satisfy the needs of bands in the studio, but it can also record concerts patched in from our acoustically sound performance halls. 11

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES • University Chorale serves as the vocal chamber ensemble of Millersville University and is our most select and demanding choir in terms of time and repertoire. • University Choir, the largest ensemble at MU, is open to all students by audition and performs varied masterworks from all periods of music history. • University Women’s Chorus is a select ensemble of women’s voices from diverse fields of study and is dedicated to the performance of beautiful and compelling repertoire of all styles. • Marauder Men’s Glee Club is the newest vocal ensemble at Millersville University and was conceived as part of the great tradition of men’s collegiate singing. The club’s repertoire includes works written especially for them. • Concert Band invites all interested woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players to join. Comprised of approximately 70 collegiate musicians from all majors on campus, the Concert Band is dedicated to the finest repertoire and often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors. Auditions are not required for membership, but will take place in order to finalize part assignments. General education credit is available.


• Wind Ensemble is made up of approximately 45 of the finest brass, woodwind and percussion players at the University and performs advanced contemporary and traditional music. The Wind Ensemble often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors. Auditions are required for acceptance. • Flute Ensemble performs a variety of concerts and church services from Philadelphia to Gettysburg. Repertoire includes standard material arranged for flute ensembles and a number of compositions that have been written and published specifically for the ensemble. • Guitar Ensemble performs works for large ensemble, quartet, trio and duo, including arrangements written specifically for them. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance through present day, and consists of classical, pop/rock, jazz and world music. They periodically perform with special guest artists, and have provided music for recitals and events at various venues along the East Coast of the United States.

• Orchestra is dedicated to advancing the performance experience of its members and performs at least twice a semester. Through established repertoire and contemporary music, the orchestra’s concerts cultivate interdisciplinary connections, building a wide and varied audience. General education credit is available for non-music major Millersville University students. • West African Dance and Drum Ensemble is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of West African culture and history focusing on musical traditions, pedagogical practices and musical aesthetics. Students participate in learning traditional West African dance and drumming pieces studied in the classroom. • Percussion Ensemble performs a wide array of repertoire including classic percussion ensemble literature, jazz percussion and world music styles and is credited with the premiers of many new works and arrangements for the medium.

• Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of musical styles from the jazz and commercial idioms in the big band and combo formats. Guest artists, who appear regularly with the band, have included Ernie Watts, John Fedchock and Tom Irvin, as well as other regional jazz musicians. Auditions are required for acceptance. General education credit is available. • Jazz Lab Band is a “big band” that provides a means for students to further develop jazz interpretation/reading skills and also become acquainted with basic improvisational practices. No audition is necessary. General education credit is available. • Marauder Marching Band offers students the excitement of a corps-style collegiate marching band and performs at home football games in addition to periodic appearances at away games and collegiate and high school marching band exhibitions. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major. There are no auditions for instrumentalists. 13

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS SOLO PERFORMANCE—Presentation of selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery as an instrumentalist or vocalist. You should prepare and perform two contrasting pieces of repertoire that best demonstrates your level of musical and technical mastery. Specific questions about your major performance audition should be directed to the individual instrument instructors. Solo performance categories include: Flute

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2 MUSIC THEORY EXAM*—Applicants will demonstrate knowledge of musical notation in both treble and bass clefs with regard to the following: • Key signatures and scale construction for major and relative minor keys. • Intervals (minor second through octave). • Chord construction (minor, major, diminished, augmented and dominant 7th). • Rhythmic notation for simple and compound meters. *Suggested preparatory material may be found in: Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm & Meter (3rd Edition), by John Clough, Joyce Conley & Claire Boge. (Parts 1-5 & 7) published by W.W. Norton Co. (1999) ISBN# 0-393-97369-7 All applicants for admission must file two applications: one to the Millersville Admissions Office for acceptance to the University and one to the Department of Music for acceptance to the Department. You must also schedule an audition with the Department of Music. The audition process includes the four required components and is performed on scheduled dates (see the back page of the application for audition dates and to schedule an audition). Auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude no later than 1 p.m. Professional attire is expected.


3 VOCAL ASSESSMENT—All applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of vocal-aural proficiency in the following manner: Music Education and Music Performance Applicants: • Sing one of two songs provided on the music department website. Songs may be transposed to another key and will be sung without accompaniment. • Echo/Sing single pitches, melodic sequences (2-7 pitches), and pitches from major, minor augmented, diminished and dominant 7th triads as modeled on piano. Music with an emphasis in Music Business and Technology Applicants: • Demonstrate matching pitch, chord quality recognition and vocally repeat short melodic sequences (2-7 pitches). INTERVIEW— Students entering one of the Music Degree Programs are required to complete an interview. The interviews, conducted by faculty in their respective fields, aim to provide understanding of students’ motivation for their career choice. Students should prepare to answer the following questions: • Why would you like to enter this field? • What communication and performance skills and abilities do you possess that will prove effective in your chosen field? • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years and ten years after college graduation? • What previous experiences will you draw upon to help you as a professional? • Students who are applying to become a Music Major with an emphasis in Music Business and Technology may also present a portfolio, if they choose. Items for the portfolio may include any material that showcases your experience in business, technology and/or performance as it relates to music. Portfolios can contain such items as CD recordings, music scores of compositions, lead sheets for original songs you wrote, concert programs, promotional material for your band that you created, video of your band performing, your music biography or anything else that showcases your creativity.

SCHOLARSHIPS Department of Music is pleased to offer an array of scholarships to students. Learn more about any of the scholarships below at • Judge and Mrs. Anthony R. Appel Scholarship

• Music Department Scholarship

• Leo Ascher Music Award

• Pennsylvania Bandmaster’s Association Award

• Esther Herr Bear Award

• Ellen Currier Sellers Scholarship for Organ Performance

• Grace Doan Bitler and Charles F. Bitler, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

• Louis Vyner Award for Performance

• Cora Catherine Bitner Music Award

• Alan K. Wyand and Robert L. Shoener Scholarship

• Michael W. Eisenberger Choir Award

• Dean Dutcher Memorial Music Scholarship

• B. Jeanne Elder Voice Scholarship

• Carol J. Myers Music Educators Award

• Robert N. and Darlene I. Ford Endowment for Strings

• Music for Everyone Scholarship

• James Hamilton and Lucretia Boyd Hartzell Piano Award

• Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

• Kathlyn Houlahan Kodály Music Scholarship

• Harold W. and Miriam W. Shaar String Award

• R. Clinton & Dorothy Hughes & Kathryn Hughes Seaber Vocal Music Scholarship in Honor of Jean Bradel 15

LOUIS VYNER PERFORMANCE AWARD The Louis Vyner Award in Performance honors the late founder and conductor of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, a pillar in the greater Lancaster musical community. It recognizes excellence in performance (including conducting) as judged by the full-time and adjunct faculty, but places this excellence within the context of a broader excellence of a University-oriented view of music as an academic discipline. All applicants must have a 3.0 Q.P.A. in music courses and must have reached junior status in the University as a degree candidate in music by the date of the audition.


The award consists of two parts: a cash award, being the annual income from the fund established in 1980 for this purpose from the proceeds of a previous Pittsburgh Symphony residency at Millersville University and a public performance during the senior year with recognition at that time as the Louis Vyner Performance Award winner.

2013 Louis Vyner Performance Award Winner I really enjoy performing musical theater and Millersville has provided me with multiple opportunities to do so. During my years of study, I played the lead role in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella’s,” which were collaborations between the Millersville University’s Music Department and Opera Lancaster. As an active performer with Opera Lancaster, I have had the opportunity to appear in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Cosi fan tutte” as well as “My Fair Lady” at the Fulton Opera House and in a master class with Broadway performer, Alisa Endsley.

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC • 60 West Cottage Ave, Room 203, Millersville, Pa 17551 Phone: 717-872-3357 • Fax: 717-871-2304

Millersville University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Coordinators: Services for Students with Disabilities—Dr. Sherlynn Bessick, Director, Office of Learning Services, Lyle Hall, 717-872-3178; Title VI and Title IX—Mr. Hiram G. Martinez, Assistant to the President for Social Equity and Diversity, Delaware House, 717-872-3787; ADA Coordinator—Mr. Louis DeSol, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Dilworth Building, 717-872-3017. A Member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.


Department of Music at Millersville University 2013  
Department of Music at Millersville University 2013  

The mission of the Millersville University Department of Music is to offer an innovative, creative and caring experience that fosters excell...