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

Click here for the requirements of the piano proficiency examination.

Practice Room Policies

Practice rooms are located in the Eccles (room 144-147) and the lower level of the Graff.  They can be accessed during normal campus hours (8:00am – 6:00pm) Monday through Friday.  You can obtain access during non-campus hours with your Dixie ID card.  Please see the Music Department administrative assistant for this access.

The following policies will apply to music practice rooms:

  1. Practice rooms are for practicing for private lessons and ensembles.  Practice rooms are not a homework area.
  2. Piano majors have priority in the Graff practice rooms with grand pianos
  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.

Department Recitals

Music majors and all students taking private music major lessons (even if not a music major) are required to perform at least once per semester at a department recital or a department sponsored performance. End of semester department recitals are scheduled in the Eccles Concert Hall by instrument type. The dates are posted at the administrative assistants desk and on the department website. Students must sign up for the appropriate recital at the administrative assistant’s desk in the Eccles Administrative Suite by providing the name of the piece they will be performing, composer, composer birth & death dates, and their accompanist if they have one. Concert performance attire is required.

Student Solo Recitals

Click here for details regarding student recital requirements.

Music Juries

Click here for details regarding music jury requirements.

Transfer Credits

A transfer student will have their transcript evaluated by the DSU Office of Admissions upon acceptance. General education classes will be evaluated by Admissions. Courses intended to fulfill requirements for a music degree will be evaluated by the Music Department. Typically, courses passed at institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) are accepted if there are equivalent courses at DSU. Music courses taken at non-accredited institutions may be accepted upon evaluation. This likely includes the student taking an equivalency exam.

In addition to an official transcript, students are required to provide documentation such as course syllabi and the course description from the transfer institution.

No fewer than four semesters of private instruction and four semesters of ensemble performance credits must be completed at Dixie State University to receive any music degree from this institution. Recitals must also be presented at Dixie State University to receive any music degree from this institution.

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 (http://dixie.edu/wellness/) 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.

Contact

Dr. Timothy Francis

Music Department Chair

Email: francis@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7789

Michele Baker

Administrative Assistant

Email: Michele.Baker@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4791

Brian Grob

Music Dept Advisor

Email: grob@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4346

Office: PAB 137