Music Department

Information for Music Majors

Required Freshman Music Courses

Students must meet with the Music advisor to work out their schedule for the first semester.

Not taking any of these courses will mean that you will be behind others students who enter at the same semester as you and you may delay your graduation date perhaps by a full year.

There are other important courses you should take early in your time at Dixie State. For example, voice majors should take the diction courses as soon as possible (MUSC 3861 and 3862).

Piano Proficiency Examination

*Requirements #1 – 4 are found in Scales Skills, Level 3 by Keith Snell (Kjos Publications)

1. Scales
  • major and harmonic minor
  • 2 octaves
  • hands alone
  • mm=80 (eighth notes)
2. Arpeggios
  • major and minor
  • 2 octaves
  • hands alone
  • mm=60 (eighth notes)
3. Primary Chord Progressions
  • major and minor
  • I-IV-I-V7-I
  • hands alone
4. Triad Inversions
  • major, minor, diminished, augmented
  • up and down 1 octave
  • hands alone
5. Harmonization & Improvisation
  • RH melody, LH accompaniment (at least 2 styles)
  • LH melody, RH accompaniment (at least 2 styles)
  • 2-handed accompaniment only (no melody)
6. Transposition
  • transpose 5 finger tunes
  • transpose extended 5 finger tunes
7. Sight reading

be able to sight read three examples from Level 2 piano literature (early intermediate level)

8. Repertoire

perform an approved piece from level 3 piano literature

Practice Room Policies

The following policies will apply to music practice rooms:

  1. Practice rooms are for practicing. Practicing for private lessons and ensembles.
  2. Practice rooms are not a homework area.
  3. No food or drink is permitted in practice rooms.
  4. Dixie State University assumes no responsibility for personal belonging left in practice rooms.
  5. Campus policy prohibits use of practice rooms for non-credit lessons. Students CANNOT teach in practice rooms.

Student Recitals

Click here for details regarding student recital requirements.

Music Juries

Click here for details regarding music jury requirements.

Health & Safety Information

  • The Dixie State University Music Department is meeting the current NASM standards as they relate to the needs of music students, general students, music faculty, curricular offerings and levels in regards to Health, and Safety for the degrees offered.
  • DSU faculty is concerned about the health of individuals. Private instructors and ensemble directors will provide general musicians’ health information that addresses musculoskeletal, acoustic, and stress concerns. Students should ask their private instructor or ensemble director about any pain related to music making.
  • DSU faculty will not diagnose any physical or mental health issues, but rather refer students to the Wellness Center ( or other appropriate licensed medical professionals.
  • The following links provide basic information about the maintenance of health and safety within the contexts of practice, performing, teaching, and listening to music.

    Advisory on Hearing Health
    Protect Your Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health Every Day
    Protecting Your Vocal Health
    An Overview of Health Issues for Performing and Visual Arts Students
    Information and Recommendations for Faculty and Staff in Schools of Music

  • Sound control and acoustic equipment is installed in the performing venues, rehearsal spaces and practice rooms. All spaces are handicap accessible.  Information regarding hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention is dispersed and discussed in the respective ensemble and studio classes.
  • The Music Department provides music majors with electronic key access to monitor entry into the music buildings and practice rooms. Students may call security  (435-619-1144 or 435-652-7515) for an escort to your car after dark.
  • Students are encouraged to register with the campus Emergency Alert System to receive campus emergency information via phone, text, and email.


Dr. Timothy Francis

Music Department Chair


Phone: 435-652-7789

Michele Baker

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4791

Brian Grob

Music Dept Advisor


Phone: 435-879-4346

Office: PAB 137