The Music Department is a professional unit which regards music as both an art and a discipline. It recognizes the artistic values of creativity, experimentation, and music discrimination as well as the disciplinary attributes of scholarship, independent and critical thinking, self-motivation, skill development, and dedication.
Musical performance is a vital component of all programs of study. Individualized instruction allows for a nurturing environment reflecting high regard for the musical legacies of the past as well as preparedness for the future. Graduates in music at Augusta University have gone on to careers as professional performers, music teachers, band directors, choral directors, and church musicians. Our graduates have been accepted for graduate study at some of the most prestigious music schools in the country, including Indiana University, the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music.
The music unit provides intensive musical training on the collegiate level for musicians preparing for professions in music education, music performance, music management/business, music history, music theory/composition, conducting, and general studies in music, while serving non-music majors and music minors with a variety of offerings. Public school teachers are served through the offering of courses which satisfy the requirements for Staff Developmental Units. Persons of all ages in the community are encouraged to participate in musical activities through the Conservatory Program at Augusta University.
All members of the faculty represent professional expertise and diversity of background and experience. Several members of the faculty hold prominent positions in area professional musical organizations, including the Augusta Choral Society, the Augusta Opera, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society.
The music unit is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Lessons in applied music (principal performing medium) must be taken each semester of residence according to the major field specifications. Composition lessons are not a substitute for lessons in a principal performing medium. Applied Lessons in Composition are available only at the secondary level. All music students enrolled in applied lessons are charged an Applied Lesson fee each semester.
All music students are required to participate for credit in a minimum of one major ensemble each semester of residence whether of full-time or part-time status. Exceptions may be granted through petition to and approval of the full-time music faculty. All students will be assigned to a major ensemble upon entrance, but are encouraged to participate in other major ensembles. Major ensembles are defined as follows:
Students who choose piano or guitar as their principal performing medium will be assigned to one of the three depending upon their experiences in secondary performing areas.
Music majors and minor are required to be enrolled in and achieve a passing grade in Recital Laboratory (MUSI 1500) and Studio Class (MUSA 2X05) according to the major or minor field specifications. For further information, consult the Augusta University Music Student Handbook.
All music majors are required to have an advisor on the full-time music faculty. Self-advising for a degree in music is not allowed. The student must obtain their advisor's signature on all registration forms and Add/Drop forms.
All music majors are required to take the Music Major Exit Exam, which is given during the final semester of study.