Department of Music

Prospective Students

Students wishing to become music majors at Mars Hill University should:

1. Apply to and be accepted by MHU through the normal admissions process via the Mars Hill University Office of Admissions

2. Complete the Request for Information Form

3. Schedule and complete the Music Major Entrance/Scholarship Audition

Prospective music majors are formally admitted to the Department of Music after successfully completing the Music Major Entrance/Scholarship Audition. The audition can only be scheduled after formal acceptance to the university and completion of the Music Major Application Form (Steps 1 and 2 above). The audition requirements are unique to each applied area and will be communicated to the student after receipt of the online Music Major Application. Each audition consists of a performance on the student’s primary instrument/voice and an evaluation of fundamental musical skills.

Scholarship priority will be given to those students who complete the audition by April 15 of the student’s senior year of high school.

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Incoming students may practice their music theory and aural skills by visiting

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Music

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered with concentrations in Music Education (Choral, Instrumental, or Elementary emphasis) and Music Performance.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered for students who desire a broad liberal arts education or who wish to combine a major in music with a minor or concentration in other areas of study.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree program is designed to prepare students to teach general music, choral music, or instrumental music in public schools. This degree program is comprehensive and requires professional music education courses as well as a series of techniques courses in the student’s applied major. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student for Music K-12 licensure in the state of North Carolina.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance degree program is designed for those students who possess exceptional performing ability and who wish to pursue a career as a performer or performer/teacher at the collegiate level. Entrance into this program is highly selective and dependent upon faculty approval at the end of a student’s freshman year.

Music Education

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered with majors in Music Education (Choral, Instrumental, or Elementary emphasis) and Performance.

Within any of the music degree programs, a student chooses a principal applied instrument from among the following: voice; organ or piano; brass, percussion, or woodwind instruments.

Recital Attendance Requirement:

Each semester, students pursuing a major or minor in music are required to attend concerts and events sponsored by the Department of Music. Refer to the Department of Music Handbook for specific requirements.

Departmental Performance Labs:

Each applied area has specific requirements regarding performance labs. See Department of Music Handbook.

Music Performance

The Department of Music provides an environment in which professional and non-professional musicians may continue to develop the skills, knowledge, concepts and sensitivities essential in recognizing and cultivating quality musical experiences. This development takes place within a liberal arts academic community that:

  • enables the pursuit of undergraduate degrees in music
  • enhances the breadth of non-music degrees
  • emphasizes the artistic and personal maturity of the individual
  • encourages personal enrichment through diverse musical experiences
  • embraces professional values, responsibilities and relationships
  • values highly-qualified, professionally-active faculty who continue the tradition of excellence in music degrees

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered with majors in Music Education (Choral, Instrumental, or Elementary emphasis) and Performance. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered for students who desire a broad liberal arts education or who wish to combine a major in music with a minor or concentration in other areas of study. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre is offered through the Department of Theatre.

Within any of the degree programs, a student chooses a principal applied instrument from among the following: voice; organ or piano; brass, percussion, or woodwind instruments.

Accreditation

The Department of Music holds full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education degree is part of the Teacher Education Program, which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

 

Faculty and Guest Recitals and Concerts

The Department of Music sponsors recitals by its faculty members and guest artists. The university also has a Visiting Artists and Lecturers Series that brings artists and to campus for performances. The proximity of Asheville enables students to attend performances by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Lyric Opera, and other area ensembles.

Recital Attendance Requirement:

Each semester, students pursuing a major or minor in music are required to attend concerts and events sponsored by the Department of Music.

Departmental Performance Labs:

Each applied area has specific requirements regarding performance labs.