The Andrews University Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1964. Music majors may choose to join the student chapter of Music Educators National Conference.
Status as an undergraduate music major is provisional until the student demonstrates academic and performance skills on an acceptable level. All first-year students must take the Freshman Theory Placement Exam and arrange for an audition with the coordinator of his/her applied area prior to being considered for acceptance as a music major. After the student successfully completes these two admission requirements, the Music Department freshman advisor makes a recommendation to the music faculty concerning the student's application for admission as a music major. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for further information.
Student Handbook. The Department of Music Student Handbook, available at the Department of Music office, provides clarification of general guidelines, requirements, and standards as well as information concerning recital attendance, recital requirements, and financial aid and departmental scholarships.
Applied Music General Requirements. All music majors register in applied music for four years in residence and until they complete their senior recital.
Applied Music Examination Requirements. All music majors participate in an applied music examination at least twice during the school year. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for full details.
Ensemble Requirements. All music majors must enroll in a music ensemble (Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta, University Chorale, University Singers, Canta Bella, or Pioneer Men's Chorus) each semester of residence for a minimum of 8 credits.
Minimum Passing Grades. No grade lower than a C in an applied lesson, ensemble, or music class will count towards fulfillment of degree or program requirements for the music major or music minor. This includes transfer music credits.
Piano Proficiency. All music majors and minors must pass a piano-proficiency examination. Students who do not pass the examination must enroll in applied piano until the examination is passed. The piano-proficiency examination must be passed by the end of the sophomore year before a student is advanced to upper-division status.
Recital Attendance. All music majors are required to enroll in the course MUPF489 Recital Attendance each semester in residence. Music minors are required to enroll in this course for four (4) semesters.
Upper-division Status. Application for advancement to upper-division performance studies is submitted to the student's performance teacher no later than two weeks before the final sophomore applied-music examination. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for full information.
State Certification. Students planning to teach music in grades K-12 must take the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and also complete required education courses specified by the School of Education.
Denominational Certification is not automatic with state certification and is not required for graduation. Contact the certification clerk in the School of Education for full information.
Music Performance Credits
The Department of Music offers private instruction in all major instruments and voice which may fulfill music major or non-music major elective requirements. Course outlines detailing specific course content are available from the instructor. The requirements correlate with guidelines suggested by the National Association of Schools of Music as outlined in the Department of Music Student Handbook.