The Music Department at ORU places a strong emphasis on imparting music's past, present and future prospects to its students within a Christian, charismatic environment. As part of the ongoing process to provide a comprehensive undergraduate foundation in music, the music department purposes to:
- Provide opportunities for students to develop their music capabilities and interests through the use of music as a socializing force, as an aid to compassionate understanding of themselves and their environment and as an avenue of self-expression
- Stimulate an appreciation and love for music through the study of its various disciplines
- Develop techniques for mature evaluation of musical standard
Students with the desire and ability to achieve a high standard in voice or instrumental performance have the opportunity to excel in the music performance major. This major offers three concentration areas for the musical performer: instrumental, keyboard and vocal.
In addition to participation in weekly keyboard, orchestral instrument or audio workstation lessons, students selecting the instrumental concentration participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course for those anticipating a career as a professional musician in a performance group, a soloist, an instrumental teacher in public or private schools or as a private studio teacher.
The keyboard concentration is for students interested in keyboard performance and/or anticipate studying at a graduate level. Students choosing the keyboard concentration will participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course focused on a future profession in individual or group studio teaching.
In the vocal concentration, students gain experience with the International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to English and Italian vocal literature and examine specific management issues relating to the use of phonetics in the vocal ensemble. Students also participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course that familiarizes students with the main elements of human sound production and basic vocal faults. Teaching and diagnostic techniques, including those of classroom management for practical application, are presented.
Music majors must demonstrate continuous growth in ability. Recitals are regularly presented, affording students opportunities to appear as soloists. As with all ORU seniors, music majors are required to prepare a culminating activity: a recital, a project or a paper. This activity will be selected with the direction of their advisor according to the specific music program enrolled.
With a degree from the ORU Music Department, you will be equipped for teaching in public and private schools, teaching in private studios, performing in professional music organizations, working in related music fields and church ministries. Additionally, you will acquire an adequate background for further study in graduate schools.
Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the Music Department and an audition. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department.
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