Dixie State University is proud to be offering a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Bachelor of Science in Music, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.

There are two classes that are required of majors that prompt the most questions. One is an orientation course, MUSC 1001 Freshman Music Experience. This follows the lead of other successful degree-based orientation courses at DSU. The objectives of this course include successful orientation to the department and the college and transitioning from high school to college.

The other course is MUSC 1000 Concert Attendance. Appreciation of music deepens and matures only through focused listening and involvement in musical performance as an audience member. This experience emphasizes critical listening of a wide range of music literature and performances. It will prepares students with real-life models for future recitals and will provide students models of artistic standards, a variety of musical literature, and make students aware of non-musical issues of performances as they develop as musicians. Students will become better acquainted with music literature, history, and performance practices from different period and genres.


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).

Music Department Forms

Here is where you obtain forms used by the Music Department.
Jury Evaluation – Instrumental
Jury Evaluation -Vocal
Jury Self-Assessment
Jury Evaluation Rubric for Faculty Use
Recital Preview Evaluation
Recital Evaluation

Music Major Handbook

The Music Major Handbook is to provide answers and direction. Refer to this publication when you have a question. Not every question or situation can be answered here, but many can:

Music Major Handbook

Health & Safety for Musicians

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
Protect Your Neuromusculoskeletal Health
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

The Dixie State Student Guidebook contains information regarding health and safety. It is available from the DSU Bookstore or Ms. Burgess, DSU Music Advisor.

Topics related to Health & Safety include:

  • Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Health & Wellness Center
  • Staying Healthy in College
  • Dealing with Stress

Faculty and students are required to use equipment and technology for their intended, approved use. Moving equipment should done with safety and care in mind. Clear a path; get help; think ahead.

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.

Dixie State Emergency Alert System