Music Department

Information for Music Majors

Required Freshman Music Courses

MUSC 1000 Concert Attendance (0)
MUSC 1001 Freshman Music Experience (1)
MUSC 1110 Music Theory I (3)
MUSC 1130 Sight Singing I (1)
MUSC 1150 Group Piano I (1)
A large ensemble: Symphony Orchestra MUSC 3350, Symphony Band MUSC 3310, or Concert Choir MUSC 3250 (1)
And Private Lessons MUSC 1810-1821 (1). Be sure to select your instrument.
This totals 8 credits.

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)

  • major and harmonic minor
  • 2 octaves
  • hands alone
  • mm=80 (eighth notes)

  • major and minor
  • 2 octaves
  • hands alone
  • mm=60 (eighth notes)

  • major and minor
  • I-IV-I-V7-I
  • hands alone

  • major, minor, diminished, augmented
  • up and down 1 octave
  • hands alone

  • RH melody, LH accompaniment (at least 2 styles)
  • LH melody, RH accompaniment (at least 2 styles)
  • 2-handed accompaniment only (no melody)

  • transpose 5 finger tunes
  • transpose extended 5 finger tunes

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

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

  • A student must be taking lessons on the senior level (3000) in order to perform a degree- qualifying recital.
  • Music degree candidates will perform one recital MUSC4890 (senior year). The recital should be performed during their seventh or eighth semester but the scheduling is done in consultation with their private lesson teacher.
  • Recitals are 60 minutes in length and include 45-50 minutes of music. The music should be of a serious recital nature to be selected with consultation with the private lesson teacher. The recital is expected to be a solo recital. The literature will be selected in consultation with the private lesson teacher. Teachers will guide the student in selecting music of appropriate difficulty, diversity of languages and eras, and other programming concerns.
  • A preview of the recital is required two weeks before the recital presentation. The private teacher and two other faculty members will evaluate the preview. They will determine whether the recital can proceed or be postponed. The faculty panel will also evaluate the recital performance for credit.
  • The student recitalist should book the concert hall with Michele Baker the semester before it is presented. The recitalist is required to submit program information to the music office two weeks in advance.
  • The recital is sponsored by the Music Department and is performed as a capstone experience in MUSC 4890. The department staff prepares printed programs.

Music Juries

  • Every music major is required to perform a jury before a panel of faculty every semester. Students how perform a recital during the semester are exempt.
  • Juries are scheduled during the final exam period. Students should plan well in advance of that week to avoid any conflicts.
  • Private teachers have the option of including input from and the outcome of the jury in the final grade for private instruction.
  • There are two possible outcomes of each jury: 1- the student passes; 2- the student fails the jury. Not performing a jury equates to a failed jury.
  • Two failed evaluations result in dismissal from the major.
  • Two successful juries means the student is advanced to the next level of private lessons. For example, when a student passes the jury associated with MUSC 1810 twice, he/she is advanced to MUSC 2810.

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.
  • 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