Jun 22, 2024  


Hamel Hall, Room 207
269-471-3555; FAX 269-471-6339

Please visit the Department of Music website for additional information.

Lilianne Doukhan, Chair
Carlos A. Flores
Claudio Gonzalez
Kenneth D. Logan
Alan F. Mitchell
Charles Reid
Trina Thompson
Carla L. Trynchuk
Chi Yong Yun
Stephen P. Zork

Adjunct Faculty 
Karla Bucklew 

Academic Programs Credits
BA: Music 45
BS in Music 89
BMus: Music Education
        Teacher Certification
BMus: Performance 85-93
Minor in Music 26
MA: Music 32
MMus: Conducting 32
MMus: Music Education 34
MMus: Music Ministry 35
MMus: Performance 32


To mentor students in artistic, intellectual, and character development. Faculty of the Department of Music are committed to providing a vibrant musical and learning environment to nurture artistic and creative growth in all students of music, to encourage and guide students through dynamic interaction in classroom and practical experiences as they mature into tomorrow’s music professionals, and to mentor students in responsible use of their talents for service to Christ and to humanity.

Bachelor of Music curricula provide a comprehensive exposure to and experience with the performance, history, and theory of music. Students receive hands-on supervised teaching experience in studio or classroom teaching. Bachelor
of Arts curricula are for students wishing to pursue concerted study in music within a liberal arts context.

Non-music majors may take courses in music or participate in music lessons or ensembles for credit or non-credit. See General Education section and course descriptions below for further clarification.

The Andrews University Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1964. Music majors may choose to join the student chapter of Music Educators National Conference.

Undergraduate Information


Status as an undergraduate music major is provisional until the student demonstrates academic and performance skills on an acceptable level. All first-year students must take the Freshman Theory Placement Exam and arrange for an audition with the coordinator of their applied area prior to being considered for acceptance as a music major. After the student successfully completes these two admission requirements the Music Department freshman advisor makes a recommendation to the music faculty concerning the student’s application for admission as a music major. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for further information.

Student Handbook. The Department of Music Student Handbook, available at the Department of Music office, provides clarification of general guidelines, requirements, and standards as well as information concerning recital attendance, recital requirements, and financial aid and departmental scholarships.

Applied Music General Requirements. All music majors register in applied music for every semester in residence and until they complete their senior recital.

Applied Music Examination Requirements. All music majors participate in an applied music examination at least twice during the school year. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for full details.

Ensemble Requirements. All music majors must enroll in a music ensemble each semester of residence for a minimum of 8 credits. Students who require more than eight semesters to complete their degree must participate in an ensemble during each semester of residence.

Minimum Passing Grades. No grade lower than a C in an applied lesson, ensemble, or music class will count towards fulfillment of degree or program requirements for the music major or music minor. This includes transfer music credits. 

Piano Proficiency. All music majors and minors are required to achieve an acceptable level of piano proficiency. This requirement may be met by one of the following two ways: 1) by passing the piano proficiency requirement as stated in the document Andrews University Department of Music Information Sheet: Piano Proficiency Examination available at the Music Office as well as at the Department of Music web page, or 2) by taking four semesters of piano instruction for credit at the Andrews University Department of Music with a minimum passing grade of a B in each semester. Students choosing the first of these two options are expected to take the Piano Proficiency Examination before the end of the second semester of their freshman year; students choosing the second option are expected to start taking piano lessons during their first year in residence. If one of these two options is not met, students will not be allowed to register for upper-division classes (with the exception of ensembles) or upper-division applied lessons until the Piano Proficiency requirement has been met.

Recital Attendance. All music majors are required to enroll in the course MUPF 489 - Recital Attendance  each semester in residence. Music minors are required to enroll in this course for four (4) semesters.

Upper-division Status. Request for advancement to upper-division status is submitted by the end of the sophomore year. See the Department of Music Student Handbook for full information.

State Certification. Students planning to teach music in K–12 must take the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and also complete required education courses specified by the School of Education.

Denominational Certification is not automatic with state certification and is not required for graduation. Contact the certification clerk in the School of Education for full information.

Music Performance Credits

The Department of Music offers private instruction in all major instruments and voice which may fulfill music major or non-music major elective requirements. Course outlines detailing specific course content are available from the instructor. The requirements correlate with guidelines suggested by the National Association of Schools of Music as outlined in the Department of Music Student Handbook.

Graduate Information

Graduate Programs Admission Requirements

  • General requirements for admission to graduate study as stated in the Admissions section of this bulletin.
  • Musicians with various backgrounds often qualify to study music at the graduate level. Normally, a baccalaureate degree with a major in music is required; however, the following categories may also qualify:

1. Students with an earned baccalaureate degree within any major, assuming adequate undergraduate preparation in music. Adequate preparation includes mastery of music theory equivalent to content of MUCT242 Music Theory IV and MUCT153 Ear Training Laboratory III; mastery of music history equivalent to content of MUHL446-448 Music Literature and Style (Antiquity to 20th Century); and mastery of level of performance appropriate to the specific chosen master’s program.
2. Students who have completed programs comparable to the baccalaureate degree from non-United States institutions.

  • The Department of Music requires placement examinations in music history and literature, music theory, and an audition in the major area of performance for all entering students prior to registration. Admission status is provisional until these examinations are completed and any deficiencies removed. Courses used to make up for a deficiency may be taken for graduate credit but may not count for graduate requirements; a minimum grade of B must be earned.
  • A Graduate Scholarship Tuition Reduction is available to students with a minimum GRE Exam score of 297 (quantitative + verbal) or Music Placement Exam average score of 70 or higher. 
  • Piano Proficiency. Music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination. Graduate students who have not passed this examination on the undergraduate level may meet this requirement by one of the following two ways: 1) by passing the piano proficiency test as stated in the document Andrews University Department of Music Information Sheet: Piano Proficiency Examination available at the Music Office as well as at the Department of Music web page, prior to the first registration, or 2) by taking four semesters of MUPF 516 Piano Proficiency  with a minimum passing grade of a B in each semester.
  • Language Proficiency. For admission to the Master of Music, Voice Performance, language proficiency is required in French, German and Italian. Proficiency in these languages can be validated by evidence of coursework in each of these languages equivalent to two semesters of college level study, or by passing a language proficiency exam. Lack of proficiency in these three languages can be addressed by taking additional remedial coursework. Remedial coursework does not count toward completion of the graduate degree.
  • Non-degree (Guest) Students. A student who plans to study music under this classification may be admitted to courses as approved by the department chair.

Double Major Policy for Graduate Music Programs:

  • Two majors may be allowed only within a specific program such as the Master of Arts in Music or the Master of Music. No more than two majors are allowed.
  • Only one degree is granted. The different majors will only be listed in the transcript. 
  • Candidates must complete the specific requirements for both majors.
  • Candidates must enroll for Final Project (thesis option, project option, or recital option as it may apply) twice to fulfill final project requirements for each of the two majors.
  • Candidates take comprehensive examinations that cover both concentration areas.
  • Decision on adding a second major must be made before the candidate fills out and submits the Advancement to Candidacy Form.
  • Once a degree is earned, a second major area may not be added to the transcripts.

Ensemble Requirements

  • Participation on a no-credit basis is required for four semesters in one of the following Andrews University ensembles: Wind Symphony, University Singers or AU Symphony Orchestra. Keyboard majors: see note below. Students who require more than four semesters to complete their degree must participate in an ensemble during each semester of residence.
  • Keyboard students in the MA and MMus (music education) programs on the Andrews University campus are required to enroll for one semester of MUPF505 Keyboard Accompaniment or one semester of MUPF510 Collaborative Piano. This may apply as one of the minimum four semesters of ensemble.
  • Performance majors in piano and organ are required to enroll for one semester of MUPF510 Collaborative Piano and one semester of MUPF515 Recital Accompaniment and may apply these towards the minimum four semesters of ensemble.

Recital Attendance

All Graduate music majors are required to enroll in the course MUPF 489 Recital Attendance  each semester in residence.

Practical Training Requirement

All students pursuing master’s programs (MA: Music, MMus: Conducting, MMus: MUSIC 195 Music Education, MMus: Music Ministry; MMus: Performance) are required to take the 0-credit course MUED655 Practical Training to develop professional experience in music. To fulfill this requirement, students are required to meet a minimum of 50 hours of work/service while enrolled in the masters program. This could be done over the summer. Some recommended areas of work/service that may count toward this practical training experience are as follows:

  • Music ministers in church settings
  • Music teachers or instructors for a public or private school
  • Instrumentalists performing in professional or community ensembles
  • Research assistants in approved music research projects
  • Other alternative activities must be approved by the student’s major professor

After completing this requirement students will fill out and submit the form Completion of Practical Training Requirements to their major professor for evaluation and signature. Students who have developed experiences equivalent to this practical training before entering the masters program may fulfill this requirement by submitting appropriate evidence showing sufficient work/ service experience.

Thesis/Project/Recital Requirement

  • This requirement for an MA in music, MA in music ministry or MMus in music education may be met by one of the following:
  1. A thesis—6 credits of MUHL699 and/or EDRM505.
  2. Two projects—2 credits of MUHL698 for each project.
  3. A credit recital—2 credits plus a minimum of 6 credits of applied music.
  4. One project plus a one-credit recital—2 credits of MUHL698 for the project plus a minimum of 4 credits of applied music.
  • The MMus: Performance degree requires a 2-credit recital. Recitalists must have taken in residence at least one-half of their applied music credit in their major performance area. They must enroll in applied lessons for at least two consecutive semesters prior to the recital date and must audition before a committee of music faculty one month prior to the recital. Students majoring in performance without an undergraduate major in the same performance area (or the equivalent) must offer two recitals, only the second of which is for credit.
  • Students who opt for the project or thesis or Project Continuation must take concurrently the Research Master class.

Comprehensive Examinations. All graduate students in music take the 0-credit course MUHL670 Comprehensive Exam toward the end of their studies. Students should consult with their advisor concerning the appropriate time to apply for these examinations and for guidance in preparing for them.

Active Status. After completing all course requirements, all graduate music students must maintain an active status continuous enrollment for both Fall and Spring semesters until the degree is granted.  This is accomplished by enrolling in MUHL665 Comprehensive Exam Preparation (non-repeatable with fee attached), MUHL670 Comprehensive Exam (non-repeatable), or MUHL655 Program Continuation (repeatable with fee attached) until the degree is earned.  Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment as defined here, will not be allowed to finish their degree requirements until they apply to the Department of Music for degree reactivation and pays the established fees for each semester of absence in the program.  The reactivation fee used will be the latest AU Bulletin fee listed for MUHL655 Program Continuation.


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