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Department of Fine Arts

Andrew N. Heisey, M.A., M.F.A, Chair




The goals and objectives of the music program are as follows:

  • to present and develop tools of musical analysis and production techniques for the student’s use in their connection to a wide variety of musical genres;
  • to develop within the individual an awareness of self, his or her own culture, and the culture of others;
  • to increase each student’s aural proficiency and understanding of music as a language;
  • to provide opportunities for the mature student to work freely after mastering basic skills so that he or she will feel a degree of responsibility for self-initiated actions before leaving the protective environment of the classroom;
  • to develop the student’s creativity and search for meaningful repertories;
  • to emphasize that music is a vital life ingredient,
  • to present musical presentations which contribute to a highly proficient academic, cultural and spiritual collegiate atmosphere; and
  • to prepare students for graduate studies.

Each incoming student, freshman or transfer, who wishes to pursue a degree in Music Ministry, Arts Administration (Music Concentration), or a minor in music will:

  • Declare a primary instrument or voice, and receive individual applied studio instruction in that area of expertise for up to eight semesters as their degree program dictates,
  • Prepare and present an audition on their major instrument or voice for selected faculty members during the first week of classes, as designated by the director of the music program,
  • Complete requirements for the piano proficiency examinations, after completion of two semesters of MUS 115, Applied Music: Class Piano, or the equivalent,
  • Maintain membership in good standing in one ‘large ensemble’ in their area of expertise during each semester of program residency, i.e. Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, or Lamplighters Concert Choir,
  • Pursue membership in at least one Chamber Ensemble each semester as schedules allow,
  • Attend and perform on studio juries and required recitals as their individual semester schedule demands,
  • Attend and staff events coordinated through the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department, including Collegium Musicum Music Program events, and
  • Complete requirements for their internship experience and senior recital, as arranged collaboratively by the student and department representatives.

Music Ministry majors are asked to review the purposes outlined in the Biblical and Ministry Studies program for further insights to their course of study.

Arts Administration (Music Concentration) majors are asked to review the purposes outlined in the Arts Administration Studies program, as well as the Business Administration and Communication programs, for further insights to their course of study.