Taking place in a new state of the art facility with a performance hall, the objectives of the Music Program at the College of Saint Elizabeth are to provide all students with opportunities to directly experience music and dance of the various periods, styles, forms, and cultures which have contributed to the common musical heritage of the human race.
A Bachelor of Arts in music prepares the potential professional musician, dancer, scholar and/or teacher for a career in performance, composition, ministry, musicological research, dance studio owner, or work in the music or dance industry. Minors in Music and Dance are available.
Small class sizes and individual attention are provided for students who major or minor in music or dance, and in addition to taking the requirements, every effort is made to design a course of study that is also appropriate to the specific talents and development of each music student. The faculty comes from a variety of backgrounds and bring to the program their talents as teachers, scholars and professional musicians and dancers.
Students completing the degree in music are equipped with the skills to begin building a successful career in music. Through careful study and planning our majors are prepared for advanced educational pursuits in graduate or professional schools.
Graduates from the Music Program work in a variety of careers such as:
Students have studied music in graduate school, followed by careers in music therapy, and composers of music for video and film. We have graduates who have also performed in musical theater both on and off Broadway.
Students are encouraged to study vocal techniques for at least two semesters if their major emphasis is instrumental, and to study piano for at least two semesters if keyboard is not their major emphasis. To this end, MUS 107 and 109 (Class Piano I & II) and MUS 111 and 113 (Class Voice I & II) are strongly encouraged of all music majors and minors.
Music majors may take a maximum of 16 credits in performance music; non-majors may take a maximum of 12 credits in performance music. All students are encouraged to take theory, history, and performance courses in music
Total credits for Bachelor of Arts in Music: 35
Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by successful completion of the Senior Public Recital/Lecture Recital with subsequent follow up evaluation in consultation with the Program Chairperson and faculty members.
The Dance Minor offers students an opportunity to learn or build on previous experiences within the genres of Modern, Jazz and Ballet as the fundamentals of the discipline. Further options exist for students to elect courses which will satisfy the New Jersey Department of Education requirement for Dance Teacher K-6 certification eligibility.
Students who choose to elect PE 310 and have completed the Education major, including student teaching, may apply to the New Jersey Department of Education for certification in Dance Education K-6. These Dance minors may open and operate their own schools of dance.