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About DSU Music

About DSU Music

Music at Dixie State

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 78,000 square foot building is shared with the Theater Department. The department also has use of the 1,200 seat Cox Auditorium, practice rooms, and rehearsal/classroom space in the Avenna Center. In addition, the adjacent Performing Arts Building adds 18,000 square feet of space devoted to the Music Department.

Music Department Learning Outcomes

By graduation, music majors will do the following at a level consistent with their degree (BA/BS/BME).

  • Identify music’s elements, forms, and processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major historical periods, composers, styles, and genres of music.
  • Develop and defend musical judgements and self-assess their efforts.
  • Perform with technical proficiency and artistic expression on their instrument or voice and associated repertoire.
  • Collaborate and lead through ensemble performance and conducting.
  • Apply pedagogical skills in their area and, where applicable, will meet qualification requirements for certification by the Utah State Office of Education.

The curriculum of the required core education requirements for all majors is built upon these six learning outcomes.

In conjunction with the learning outcomes, the goals of the Music Department are as follows:

  • To prepare students for performance opportunities in the department and after graduation.
  • To prepare students for studio teaching opportunities.
  • To prepare students for certified school teaching opportunities.
  • To prepare students for graduate school.
  • To foster an atmosphere of excellence in the classroom, in rehearsal, and in performance.
  • To prepare students for diverse freelance opportunities.
  • For faculty and students to have a high profile in the cultural community.