May 23, 2022  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Eric J. Wachmann, Chair; Jane E. Andrews; Karen E. Black; Craig A. Hancock; Melanie D. Harms; Daniel Kaplunas; Jennifer J. Larson; Scott J. Muntefering; Lee D. Nelson; Brian J. Pfaltzgraff; Ted A. Reuter; Maria Paula Survilla; Suzanne K. Torkelson; Geoffrey A. Wilson

The Wartburg College Music Department is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The music therapy degrees are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and lead to eligibility for board certification. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education and the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy leads to licensure in education. In addition to its degree programs, the Music Department invites participation by non-music majors in the many and varied musical activities offered throughout the school year.

Course work for the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music - Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Arts degrees are carefully planned. Requirements include weekly individual lessons in applied areas, basic piano skills, and recitals. The passing of first- and second-year performance examinations is required to major in music, and jury performance is required each term. Music majors are required to earn at least a C- in all music courses (applied lessons, B-). Music majors earning less than a C- in classroom work are required to retake the course. If the second effort also results in a grade of less than C-, the student will be dropped as a music major.

A student must maintain at least a B- for each term in the major applied area (lessons). Students earning less than a B- in applied lessons will be on probation for one term only while attempting to raise this grade in order to remain a major in that area or to retain a Meistersinger Scholarship. Students who do not maintain this standard must either qualify for another principal performing area or change majors.

Music students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the elements of music including a competency level in music theory and aural skills.
  • Gain an understanding of musical styles and periods and understand music within a larger cultural context.
  • Develop performance skills through applied lessons and solo recitals.
  • Participate in an ensemble experience at a high level.
  • Develop the ability to write and speak as advocates for their art.
  • Develop an appreciation of the value of music in education and society.


Bachelor of Music Education

For additional information on teaching majors and endorsements, see Education  Department listings.

Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy

For additional information on teaching majors and endorsements, see Education  Department listings.

Recitals and Recital Attendance

Two recitals are required of music majors: junior recitals of 30 minutes for B.M. students or 15 minutes for B.A. and B.M.E. students; senior recitals of 60 minutes for B.M. students or 30 minutes for B.A. and B.M.E. students. The Music Department Student Handbook contains specifics about recitals and recital attendance as required for graduation.

Preparatory Instruction

Music students may receive supervised teaching experience by serving as paid instructors for community residents who wish to learn piano or voice at beginning and elementary levels. Music students qualify to teach by meeting requirements in theory, applied music, and pedagogy.

Additional Information

Persons interested in a more detailed description of program goals and courses may request a Music Department Student Handbook. It outlines all policies for music programs.

Applied Music

Private applied lessons are available for credit to non-music majors. Fee.

Music Ensembles

A student may register for ¼ course credit per term. Up to one course credit may be applied toward graduation requirements.

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