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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Conservatory of Music

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Interim Dean-Roseberry
Professors-M. Baker, Breithaupt, Cox, Fischer, Hasseler, Jelle, Lentsner, Lochstampfor, Roseberry, Wang, T. Zugger 
Associate Professors-Smith, G. Zugger, Parton, Ryan, Zilincik, Gershman
Assistant Professors-Barlow-Ware, Loughrige, C.Paton, R.Shaw, Schmitt 
Adjunct Faculty-Aliyeva, Alonso, Anders, Archembault, Augis, C. Baker, Banion, Barnaby, D. Bennett, Boggs, Burleson, Butte, Courtney, Davis, DesChamps, Dowdy, Durrenberger, Fishburn, Ewing, Fink, Gershman, Gilliland, Hamilton, Hines, Hodges, K. Jones, Q. Jones, Keller, Kilgore, Mathias, Matsuda, McCann, Mollenhauer, Moore, Mueller, Muth, Nagy, D. Neel, Nienkirchen,Pardo, Rakowczyk, Sahr, N.Shaw, Stevens, Stohrer, Sturdevant, Thomas, Tomasacci, Townsend, Voris, Zhang

Conservatory of Music History and Background

During the 1918-19 academic year, a department of music was established at Capital University. In 1926, the initial department became the Conservatory of Music. Throughout the years, music has become a thoroughly established and vital part of Capital University, and the Conservatory has grown in size and excellence providing intensive training on the collegiate level, as well as providing opportunities for middle school and high school ensemble performers and pre-collegiate students desiring private instruction. All members of the faculty represent professional expertise and diversity of background and experience. Several members of the faculty hold prominent positions in the greater metropolitan area’s music organizations, including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, as well as in major professional and academic organizations throughout the nation.

As an outgrowth of the university mission, it is the goal of the Capital University Conservatory of Music to provide the finest in musical education and training for its students.

The Conservatory of Music offers a selective admissions policy of acceptance by audition. After being academically accepted by the university, each applicant desiring to become a Conservatory major must audition on a primary instrument (voice, woodwind, brass, keyboard, percussion, or string). Auditions are scheduled by the Admission Office and are normally conducted by two or more members of the Conservatory faculty from the student’s performance area. Students accepted on the primary instrument will be offered entry in the Conservatory.

The Conservatory of Music, offering undergraduate degree programs during the fall and spring semesters and masters programs during the summer, attracts an international student body while serving Ohio and surrounding regions through music performances, clinics, workshops, festivals, consulting work, and other research and scholarly activity. Performances are given by university students, faculty and guest artists, and include regional, national, and international ensemble tours. All activities serve communities at large, as well as public and private schools in the state and region.

The Conservatory offers courses leading to the following degrees: (1) bachelor of music in music education; (2) bachelor of music in performance with emphases in voice, wind and orchestral instruments, and piano or organ; (3) bachelor of music in jazz studies; (4) bachelor of music in keyboard pedagogy with optional emphases in piano pedagogy, organ pedagogy or church music; (5) bachelor of music in composition; (6) bachelor of music with emphasis in music industry; (7) bachelor of arts in music; (8) bachelor of music in music technology; and (9) master of music in music education with emphases in Kodály, Instrumental, or Jazz Pedagogy. The Conservatory also offers a music minor.

In addition to degree offerings, the Conservatory serves the Greater Columbus Area through its Conservatory Preparatory Division for pre-collegiate musicians, Early Music in Columbus, hundreds of musical recitals and concerts annually, as well as major events such as the Christmas Festival, Jazz and World Music Festival, and the NOW MUSIC Festival.

Conservatory of Music Mission

The Capital University Conservatory of Music promotes excellence through creativity, performance and scholarship to enhance the value of music in everyday life.   

Core Values

  1. We support the Capital University mission: Transforming Lives Through Higher Education.
  2. We value a blend of professional and liberal arts education.
  3. We believe in providing an atmosphere dedicated to scholarly and creative activity.
  4. We recognize and value the role of music within our diverse culture and the culture of others.
  5. We create advocates for musical arts, education and culture in our society.


Goal: To provide quality curricular programs in Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Music Education Programs.
Objective: We will review and evaluate our programs through employing national standards as our benchmarks.

Goal: To understand and meet the changing needs of our students, community and society through individual inquiry and a dynamic curriculum.
Objective: We will investigate and employ best practices and methodologies for both existing and potentially new areas of curricular development.

Goal: To provide aesthetic and educational experiences for Conservatory students and the university community.
Objective: We will enhance the experience of our students and university community through ongoing programs and course offerings, guest artists, lectures, tours and other opportunities.

Goal: To demonstrate our expertise with the music profession through educational programs, service, and events.
Objective: We will expect the highest level of scholarship, leadership, and performance from our students and faculty as they interact with prospective students and collaborate with the professional arts community.

Goal: To engage in expanded forms of community outreach.
Objective: We will develop and lead initiatives to connect with a broader constituency.

Goal: To use technology in advancing the mission of the Conservatory.
Objective: We will incorporate technology as a tool for teaching, research, and learning for our Conservatory faculty and student body.

The Conservatory of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Its programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the Conservatory is an affiliate member of the National Association of Music Merchants Affiliation of Music Business Institutions.

The Conservatory of Music occupies a complex that includes Mees Hall, Bexley Hall, and Leonard Hall. In addition, the Conservatory has a cooperative arrangement with The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio, for students in the music technology degree program to study and practice in multiple recording studio environments. On-campus instructional equipment includes a full complement of instruments, a comprehensive electronic music studio, multiple recording and production spaces, an electronic class keyboard room, a computer classroom/lab, practice rooms, the 180-seat Huntington Recital Hall, and the 950-seat Mees Auditorium with a world-class Shantz organ.

Conservatory of Music Learning Outcomes

  1. Critical thinking: Students will explore, consider, interpret, and question the phenomenon of music and sound as appropriate for their program.
  2. Logical reasoning: Students will actively and skillfully apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the common elements of music and sound as appropriate for their program.  
  3. Communicating clearly:  Students will communicate effectively through oral, written and performance media, as appropriate for their program.

Students also will be encouraged to:

  1. Develop their leadership and service potentials: Students will demonstrate the ability to work as a leader in diverse and varied musical settings, as appropriate for their program. 
  2. Become independent, lifelong learners: Students will demonstrate the ability to be a self-directed learner, and cultivate the disposition of educated consumer and informed citizen of the arts community.
  3. Develop a sense of values that guides personal decision making: Students will demonstrate appropriate professional ethics, influenced by their sense of personal vocation, as appropriate for their program.
  4. Develop intercultural competencies and the ability to work in diverse groups: Students will demonstrate the ability to work in collaboration with others in diverse musical settings, embracing intercultural differences, as appropriate for their program.

International Music Study

Capital University offers a unique opportunity for a semester of study at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Students live at the institute, which is in a restored early 18th century monastery just outside of Budapest. All classes are taught in English. The Conservatory also offers an exchange program with the Hochschüle für Musik-Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, Germany. Because most of the courses are in the school’s native language, it is essential that exchange students have sufficient German speaking and reading skills. Students who successfully complete either program can earn 18 semester hours of university credit. The courses offered generally substitute for a typical semester of music study at the junior level. With careful planning, students can participate in these international study programs and remain on schedule for graduation. Other international programs can be arranged through Capital’s International Education office.

Requirements For All Music Degrees

Private Study: *The student’s chosen degree program determines the required number of semesters of private study on the primary instrument. Study on a secondary instrument is available and may be required in certain degree programs. Composition majors are required to complete private study both on a primary instrument and in composition. In addition, some study is carried out in small groups. Additional fees for all private (one-on-one) and group study are listed under SPECIAL FEES in the FINANCIAL INFORMATION section of this bulletin.

Class Keyboard: *All entering students will be placed in an appropriate Class Keyboard section (or private lesson in special cases) based upon a keyboard skills assessment administered either at the time of audition or during fall orientation.

Music Theory: *All entering students will be placed in an appropriate Musicianship/Audiation section based upon a skills assessment administered at the time of audition and/or during fall orientation.

Recital Attendance: Recital attendance is required of all students according to the minimums set forth in their chosen degree program. Students attend performances by their peers, alternating as scheduled between area and Conservatory-wide performances, and by visiting artists associated with special Conservatory events. In addition to these scheduled activities, enrolled students are required to attend 10 additional recitals or concerts that may come from any combination of on- and off-campus musical events. For additional details, refer to the most current Conservatory Student Handbook.

Additional Concert Requirements: *In addition to enrollment in Recital Attendance, attendance at 16 specified musical events is required prior to graduation. The policies and procedures related to this requirement are detailed in the annual Conservatory Student Handbook.

Ensembles: *All Conservatory majors are required to participate in at least one ensemble each semester on their primary instrument. (Composition majors who have completed the 202 level on their primary instrument may select ensembles by advisement.) Membership in ensembles is determined by audition. Participation in ensembles for students in degree programs that include a professional semester (e.g. music education, music technology) is optional during that professional semester. Participation during the professional semester requires completion of a Conservatory Exceptional Consideration form. See the Conservatory Student Handbook for additional information.

General Education Goals: In general, music majors are required to meet all goals of the university general education curriculum (see the section “GENERAL EDUCATION AT CAPITAL: Goals and Courses ” in this bulletin). Gen. Ed. Fine Arts Goal is waived in all Bachelor of Music degrees, since the competencies are met by completion of the music requirements. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree are required to take a non-music section of Fine Arts Goal.

Conservatory Foundational Studies: Classes designed to provide specific foundational knowledge and functional skills for musicians are considered the general education curriculum of the Conservatory. The required foundational courses are designated in the individual degree programs, but in general include the topics of functional keyboard, music theory, audiation skills, music literature and history, basic conducting skills, and basic music technology awareness.

*Not required for the degree B.A. in Professional Studies, Music Technology track.


Six categories of lessons exist: Primary, Performance Level Primary, Provisional Music Major Entry Level One-hour, Elective and Secondary One-hour, Elective and Secondary Half-Hour, and Group. Due to the extremely low faculty-to-student ratio of this course of study, a special fee is attached to all Conservatory Lessons (see “SPECIAL FEES” in the “FINANCIAL SECTION” section of this bulletin).

Non credit-bearing lessons on voice and various instruments are available through the College Preparatory Division (CPD). Additional information is available in the Conservatory Office.

Prerequisite: Conservatory Major, degree requirement or permission of the Associate Dean in consultation with the Instructor.

Lessons may be individual or group lessons. Group Lessons consist of weekly lessons through the semester delivered to a relatively small number of students simultaneously by one instructor. The size of the group will depend on the type of lesson being taught.

01 Voice  
02 Woodwind Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone
03 Brass Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
04 Percussion  
05 Keyboard Piano, Organ, Hammond Organ, Harpsichord
06 Strings Violin, Viola Violoncello, Contrabass, Harp
07 Guitar  
08 Composition  
 042 Group Composition  

Primary Lessons-(1)

Primary Lessons, required of all Bachelor of Music degree majors, normally consist of 14 hours of private (one-on-one) studio instruction on the student’s primary instrument, delivered one hour per week throughout the semester and are valued at one (1) academic credit each semester, plus an area jury at the end of each semester.

Primary Lesson course numbers coincide with the student’s performance level, as determined by the area jury process. Normally, students audition into the Conservatory at the 101 level, with normal progress consisting of advancement to 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402 in consecutive semesters. For students entering at a higher level (e.g., 201), advanced levels are offered as needed (403, 404, etc.). Minimum study and level achievement on the primary instrument is determined by the student’s degree curriculum. Prerequisite: Conservatory Major.

Performance Level Primary Lessons-(2)

Performance Level Primary Lessons: Following the 102 Level of study, any student may audition to study on the primary instrument at the Primary Performance Level (201P, 202P, 301P, 302P, 401P, 402P). All BM in Performance and BM in Jazz Studies degree majors are required to study six semesters at the Performance Level Primary Lesson on the primary instrument. For composition majors, five semesters of Performance Level composition lessons are required. Performance Level lessons are valued at two (2) academic credits each semester. For additional details related to performance levels, see the current Conservatory Student Handbook. Prerequisite: Conservatory major and acceptance via 102 Level Jury or later.

Group Composition Hour Lessons-MUSIC 042G-(1)

Open to composition majors or by permission of the instructor for other majors.  Students will receive weekly group lessons.  Priority will be given to Music majors.  Placement is subject to faculty load availability.  Special fees are applied for instruction.  Course is repeatable for credit.  It is offered only on an as needed basis. 

Provisional Music Major Entry Level Hour Lessons-MUSIC 098-(1)

This course is required of music majors who were not placed into MUSIC 101-One Hour Private Lessons on their primary instrument when admitted to the Conservatory and is limited to one semester. Students pursuing a BM or BA in Music must attain level 101 by the end of the course to continue as music majors.

Elective and Secondary Half-Hour Lessons-MUSIC 099-(0.5)

Open to non-majors and music majors; required of Bachelor of Arts majors for a minimum of four semesters. Students will receive weekly private instruction on voice or a particular instrument. Priority will be given to music majors and placement is subject to faculty load availability. Special fees are applied for one-on-one instruction. Repeatable for credit. Offered each semester.

Elective and Second One Hour Lessons-MUSIC 100-(1)

Open to all music majors who are pursuing studies on a secondary instrument or voice. Placement is subject to faculty load availability.  Special fees are applied for one-on-one instruction. Repeatable for credit. Offered each semester.


Ensembles are open by audition to all Capital University students.

Major Ensembles-1 credit, rehearsing 3 or 6 class hours weekly

Wind Symphony
Chamber Percussion Ensemble
Capital Symphonic Winds
Big Band
Fusion Band
Jazz Concert Ensemble


Chapel Choir
Women’s Chorus
Choral Union
Opera/Musical Theatre
Jazz Vocal Ensemble

  65 Chordsmen
  66 Philomel
Rock Ensemble (C.U.R.E.)

Minor Ensembles-0.5 credit, rehearsing 1 or 2 class hours weekly


Flute Choir
Clarinet Choir
Trumpet Choir
Horn Choir
Trombone Choir
Brass Ensemble
Tuba Thunder
String Ensemble
Vocal Chamber Ensemble 
Bassoon Monsoon
Philomel Chamber Singers
Ensemble Now
Oboe Ensemble

MUSIC 71 - Chamber Music - Quartets and Quintets 

Brass Quintet
Woodwind Quintet
Clarinet Quartet
Saxophone Quartet
Trombone Quartet
Tuba Quartet
MUSIC 72 - Chamber Music - Percussion  
Concert Percussion Ensemble (CPE)
Ethnic Percussion Ensemble (EPE)
World Music Lab Ensemble
MUSIC 73 - Chamber Music - Piano and Guitar  
Piano Ensemble
Advanced Accompanying
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Workshop
MUSIC 74 - Small Jazz Groups  
Birdland Jazz Combo (non-performing)
Vanguard Jazz Combo (intermediate)
Savoy Jazz Combo (intermediate)
Jazz Percussion Ensemble (JPE)
Jazz Guitar Ensemble (JGE)

Courses for Non-Music Majors

Prerequisites: None for most, permission of the instructor for some. Open to all Capital University students. Conservatory majors are given priority placement in these courses if the course cap is reached. See Course Descriptions . Ensembles open to all students, regardless of major, by audition (see above).


MUSIC 120 Introduction to Music and Listening  (3) - (UC-100 Cognate)

MUSIC 145 - Class Voice -(1)
MUSIC 210 - Introduction to Music : (3) (Fine Arts Goal)
MUSIC 212 - Intermediate Recording Techniques -(3)
MUSIC 273G - Dance Technique I -(1) 
MUSIC 274G - Dance Technique II -(1) 
MUSIC 275G - Additional Dance Technique -(1)
MUSIC 290 - Introduction to Music Therapy -(3)
MUSIC 310 - Recording Workshop Core Program -(9)
MUSIC 311 - Recording Workshop Advanced Program -(1)

MUSIC 329 - History of Music Theatre -(3)
MUSIC 364 - Music Business Technology -(3)
MUSIC 365 - Music Business Law and Practices -(3)






International Program Courses

Students must apply for and be accepted into the specific programs listed below. Additional independent programs can be designed by contacting the Capital University Director of International Education.


This program is delivered at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Some courses listed here substitute for courses normally taken during the first semester of the junior year (e.g., MUSIC H321  replaces MUSIC 321 ) while others may be used as electives (e.g., MUSIC H225 ). Additional courses may be available for one or more additional semesters abroad. Applied lessons will be made available as appropriate. Students may contact professors in Arts and Sciences regarding independent learning packets for UC 150 , UC 310 , or individual learning contracts for Arts and Sciences electives. All courses in Hungary are taught in English. For additional academic and financial details, contact the Hungary Program Coordinator.


This program is delivered at the Hochschule für Musik-Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, Germany. All courses are taught in German, requiring proficient reading, listening and speaking skills in the German language. A set course of study is not predetermined. Students should attempt to schedule courses that will substitute for courses required in the student’s degree program. For additional information on this opportunity, contact the Conservatory Dean.

Special Music Education Courses:

The following courses, required for Ohio State Teacher Certification, are taught and supervised by the Conservatory Music Education faculty.

EDUC 363 - Pedagogy for Early and Middle Childhood Vocal Music Programs 
EDUC 367 - Pedagogy for Instrumental Music Programs 
EDUC 441 - Student Teaching Elementary Music Education 
EDUC 442 - Student Teaching Secondary Music Education  

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