Nov 29, 2023  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Department of Music

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Department Information

Department Chair: Keith Bradshaw
Music 212 ~ (435) 586-7891

Administrative Assistant: Donna McIntyre
Music 208 ~ (435) 586-7890

Academic Advisor: Stephen Wagner
SST 205Q ~ (435) 586-5420


Faculty: Professors: Keith Bradshaw, Carol A. Modesitt, Virginia Stitt;
Associate Professors:
Thomas Herb, Lawrence Johnson, Adam Lambert, Xun Sun; Lynn Vartan,
Assistant Professors:  Kevin Baker;
Visiting Assistant Professors: Christian Bohnenstengel

Adjunct Faculty:

Staff: Staff Accompanist: Willem Van Schalkwyk

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music Degree

Instrumental Emphasis 
Vocal Emphasis 
Piano Emphasis 

Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Music Education

Secondary Choral Emphasis 
Secondary Instrumental Emphasis 


Bachelor of Music Education 



 See here for Arts Administration Program .

Overview of Programs

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers SUU students a wide array of musical opportunities that can lead to a performance degree in music or a teaching degree in music. We also offer numerous performance electives for both music majors and non-majors, in such areas as Opera Theatre, Concert Choir, OPUS [Chamber Choir], Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, and several small ensembles. Because the SUU music faculty has an exceptional combination of both teaching and performing expertise, our students have won state, regional, and national recognition for their efforts, both at SUU and after graduation and have gone on to teaching music and professional performance careers.


The mission of the department of music is to provide students a personalized learning environment to foster meaningful cultural experiences in the performance, understanding, and appreciation of the discipline and art of music.


  1. Affirm integrity as represented by and in the performance of music, as an example of the highest in human aspiration and artistic truth.
  2. Develop an analytical, creative, and intuitive understanding of music as a universal, pan-cultural language.
  3. Develop an understanding within students of the value and inspiration that music provides in supporting cultural and societal unity, and enhance the ability of students to develop critical cognitive skills.
  4. Afford students opportunities for cultural and aesthetic experiences through active participation in music which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the arts.
  5. Enhance cultural and aesthetic experiences for the University, Community, Southern Utah, and the Region through the development of excellence in the field of music teaching, and in the presentation of recitals, concerts, musical and operatic productions, workshops, festivals, competitions, and master classes.

The department provides instruction and experiences appropriate to its degree programs; provides coursework in music for general education and music performance; and produces musical events and concerts which enhance the cultural opportunities for the campus and community.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

All Degrees

  1. Performance and Musicianship: Music graduates will:
    1. demonstrate advanced technical and artistic performance standards in their area of expertise.
    2. have a wide range of performance experience of the highest level.
    3. have a broad knowledge of literature in a wide variety of musical styles.
  2. History, Theory, Analysis: Music graduates will:
    1. conceptualize and perform music in its proper historical context.
    2. be able to analyze harmony and other aesthetic qualities of music.
    3. be able to research and write cogently about music.
    4. demonstrate the ability to perceive and understand music aurally.
  3. Piano proficiency: Music graduates will be able to:
    1. play and accompany simple folk songs by ear, in any key.
    2. transfer theory and skills concepts to the keyboard.
    3. read at sight at the level of 4-part hymns.
  4. Music in Social and Cultural contexts: Music graduates will:
    1. have an understanding of the role of music in society.
    2. participate in cultural experiences which will enlarge multicultural understanding.
    3. possess an understanding of the responsibility of building the audiences of the future.

Additional Learning Outcomes, Bachelor of Music Education Degree

  1. Performance and Musicianship: Music graduates will:
    1. demonstrate a level of technical and artistic proficiency that is on par for the national standards for success in graduate school.
    2. have designed and executed musical events such as solo recitals with a level of professionalism that is on par for graduate study.
    3. demonstrate a deep and broad understanding of the literature in their field.
  2. History, Theory, Analysis: Music graduates will have:
    1. a far-reaching exposure to and knowledge of literature in their area of expertise.
    2. knowledge of multiple pedagogical approaches in their area of expertise.
  3. Social and Cultural: Music graduates will be prepared to:
    1. contribute to the community and the profession through performances on a professional level.
    2. promote appreciation of art music within the society.


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