Leadership in Music

Students who study music learn the deep cultural impact of its history; they learn the scientific and mathematical qualities of its properties; they learn the emotional power of its meaning; and they learn the strength of its ability to communicate across cultural boundaries. By preparing music for solo and ensemble performances, students become natural and effective leaders who realize their importance in every aspect of a modern, global society.

Philosophy of Leadership

As one of the earliest forms of creative human expression, music is as old as the earth itself. Throughout every age of human civilization music has remained a significant art that touches every individual in some way. Musicians devote their lives to the creation of music, the performance of music, and to the discovery of music. When they are not making music they are listening to it. Through the study of music, students are able to become engaged in every aspect of the special meanings of this singular aural art form. In theory courses they learn the mechanics of its language; in history courses they learn its evolution from the early plainchant to the modern symphony; in ensembles they learn how to collaborate with others to perfect its performance; and in private applied study they learn to give music their own personal perspective and how to effectively communicate that to listeners, placing their own stamp on this unique human experience.

Music Courses

Music courses have been designed through the Four C’s–Courage, Commitment, Confidence, and Competence–to bring together all the elements of our philosophy of leadership in music. In each course, ensemble, seminar, and private lesson, students are challenged to develop scholarship in music, collaborate with professors and peers, engage in new ideas, develop technical and creative skills, and freely give meaningful personal expression to the art of music.


Students are encouraged each semester to develop and refine their own personal expression in the Music Program's many and diverse ensembles:

  • The Concert Choir and Chorus – vocal music
  • The Chamber Ensemble – instrumental music
  • The Accompanying Ensemble – keyboard
  • The Percussion Ensemble – percussion music
  • The Jazz Combos Ensemble – solo, small and large ensemble jazz and improvisation
  • Leadership Semesters and Internships

The Music Program requires every student to take advantage of the capstone leadership semester experience that allows the music major to synthesize her leadership skills through completion of an internship or specially designed project. To enroll in a Leadership Semester in Music, students should register for MUS 399LS. A leadership semester in music provides students with practical and theoretical experiences in leadership as applied to the discipline of music.