We invite you to become a part of our illustrious department. We are proud of our esteemed faculty, our world-renowned choir, the Aeolians, our blossoming chamber orchestra, and the host of talented instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers currently in matriculation here. We prepare our graduates to enter the most prestigious graduate schools, and our alumni has brought Oakwood University world wide acclaim (i.e. Angela Brown, Take 6, Committed, Mervyn Warren). Come and experience the Oakwood sound and be educated by the best that Christian music education has to offer. —Wayne Bucknor
Purpose and Goals of the Department of MusicThe Music Department supports the mission of the university by providing students with access to quality music instruction, opportunities, and services. The Department prepares students for graduate school and employment by offering curricula leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and Recording Arts, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Students who are committed to developing their musical talent for service to God and to humankind are encouraged to apply.
Majors & Minors OfferedMAJORS:Music (B.A.)Music Composition & Recording Arts (B.M.)Music Education: Instrumental (B.S.)Music Education: Choral (B.S.)Vocal Performance & Pedagogy (B.M.)
What can you do with this degree?Study in the field of music offers a general creative education as well as skills in communication and analysis that are essential in most careers. Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, church musicians, conductors, arrangers, composers, musicologists and music business attorneys. Others choose to work behind the scenes, or in the business area of music in careers such as producers, engineers, managers, agents, and in publishing and sales. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Thus, some graduates pursue careers in fields quite unrelated to music. Regardless of your career choices, increasing your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in university activities is important. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions, but for advancement in an area of specialization, an advanced degree may be required.
Affirmation From Students/AlumniBeing able to perfect my craft under the instruction of professors that ask the Lord for guidance in their musical endeavors and teach us to apply certain aspects of our spiritual life to our music is such a blessing. Also being able to witness my professors and peers achieve their goals while completely relying on the Lord and watching the Lord bring them to a certain point in their careers is nothing short of spectacular. I have been able to learn so much about myself as a musician here at Oakwood. There are many things about music that I didn’t know until I arrived here and began to study; but once I started applying all aspects of music to my harp studies, I was able to open a lot of avenues that I didn’t even know existed within myself, as well as doors to various performing, recording and teaching opportunities. The environment in my department is very inviting, we encourage each other to be the best that we can be, knowing that the music world beyond the comfortable walls of Oakwood is very competitive, and here we can be ourselves, nurturing our musical gifts and our relationship with God, the giver of our gifts”. —Mallory McHenry, Music Major, BA in Music: Harp Performance
Application for AdmissionMusic majors must fulfill all the general admission requirements of the University. Acceptance to the University, however, does not guarantee admission to the Music Department as a music major. Students who want to major or minor in music at Oakwood University will need to audition on their instrument or voice. The Admission Audition for the music faculty can be either in person or by audio/video tape. This audition must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation. Students must take placement examinations.
How to Prepare for AuditionsNaturally, study and practice on an instrument or voice are very important. While it is not a requirement for admission as a music major, most students auditioning for acceptance as music majors have had private lessons. All music majors at Oakwood, regardless of performance area, are required to reach a basic proficiency in piano, so piano study before attending the university is useful. If a deficiency is found in this area at the Admission Audition, the student will be required to take the Piano Proficiency course MU 161-164. Failure to accomplish this task by the end of the sophomore year may prolong the time for fulfilling the degree requirements. Foreign language study is also helpful particularly for voice majors; French, German or Italian is required.
Music Ensemble ParticipationMajors and minors must participate in a departmental ensemble eight consecutive semesters (except when student teaching or doing internship) . Students may enroll in more than one ensemble, but must remain for the entire year. Large ensembles include Aeolians, University Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. Small ensembles include composition, piano, chamber ensembles, vocal, string and instrumental.
Recital RequirementsEvery student majoring in music is required to enroll in and successfully complete a recital class every semester of residence. Graded on a pass/fail basis, this course receives zero (0) hours credit. A passing grade is based on the attendance of seven approved recitals, forums, or master classes per semester. This requirement is prorated for part-time students according to hour load. The requirements for transfer students are determined on an individual basis by the department chairperson.
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