The mission of the Dixie State University Music Department is to prepare students for professional careers in music, to provide a high quality educational experience for all students, to serve as an educational and cultural resource for Dixie State University, the local community, and the region, to develop character, dedication and excellence, and encourage lifelong learning.
The Music Department is committed to preparing students with the tools necessary to function as a musician on the performance hall, in the classroom, or for their own enjoyment. Dixie State University offers four music degrees:
- Bachelor of Music in Performance
- Bachelor of Arts/Science in Music
- Bachelor of Science in Music Education with Secondary Education Licensure
- Bachelor of Arts/Science in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Music
- Minor in Music
A strong cohort of Music Majors study at Dixie State. Students from every department and program on campus contribute to music activities through performing with our ensembles. The Music Department has a long tradition of excellence as a cultural leader in the region. The Music Department operates within the College of the Arts at Dixie State University. Music students benefit from our association with other high-quality arts organizations in Southern Utah, and from the many guest performances and masterclasses held on campus.
The Music Department is housed in the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of campus. This stunning building is 78,000 square feet, and is shared with the Theater Department. In addition, the adjacent Performing Arts Building adds 18,000 square feet of space devoted to the Music Department, which includes practice rooms, classrooms, and rehearsal rooms. For larger events and performances, the department also has use of the 1,200 seat Cox Auditorium, which is part of the Avenna Center on campus.
Program Learning Outcomes
All Music Degrees
- Analyze and evaluate the elements, forms, and processes in music.
- Describe, categorize, and assess the major historical periods, composers, styles, and genres of music.
- Develop and defend musical judgments, and self-assess their efforts.
- Perform associated repertoire with technical proficiency and artistic expression on their instrument or voice.
- Use collaboration and leadership skills in making music.
- Apply pedagogical skills in their area by appropriately critiquing student work and designing an applicable learning strategy.
- Analyze and evaluate school performance literature, method books, and teaching philosophies, and properly administer a school music program in terms of recruitment, curriculum, equity, and access.
- Create and teach lessons and activities incorporating the Utah core music standards and informed by best practices in music pedagogy and technology, including effective classroom management and rehearsal techniques, and age/skill-appropriate assessments.
- Perform on their instrument or voice in an exemplary manner that demonstrates a high level of achievement and career potential.