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Why McKendree?

Focus on individual learning opportunities and hands-on experience.

Teaching opportunities:

St. Paul's Lutheran - Troy, IL

Summer Junior High Concert Band Camp

Summer Choir Camp

Special events:

Trips to St. Louis Symphony Performances

Guest Masterclasses and Residencies including Grammy Award-winning soprano, Christine Brewer

Educational retreats - Conn Selmer Factory Visit

Regional Performance Tours

 

 

 

Why a Degree in Music?


The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an engaging degree program designed to prepare you for a career in music performance, education, theatre, and many other fields in the arts and humanities. Our talented faculty and small class sizes give you the one-on-one guidance you need to grow your skills in music. Scholarship opportunities abound for music students, and our long list of performance ensembles gives you the chance to get involved on campus while enhancing your talents and experience.

 

 

 

Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Music Major


Housed in the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the Music degree offers you many different ways to personalize your degree to fit your own unique interests and passions. Students may earn a BA in music and have the option to choose one of two distinct areas of emphasis for more experience in the area of music that best suits your particular talents.

  • Classical Performance Emphasis: Available for students of piano, organ, voice, brass, woodwind, or percussion instruments.

  • Jazz Performance Emphasis: Available for students of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, or string bass.

2020-2021 Program Catalog

 

 

 

Minor in Music


The Music minor is offered to students who choose to major in a different field, but would still like to incorporate music in their curriculum. It is available to all majors and includes classes in music theory, conducting, and applied lessons.

Music Minor Requirements

 

 


Performances Ensembles


Our Music program boasts many outstanding and diverse performance ensembles, giving you the opportunity to earn scholarship funds, meet lifelong friends, and have fun showcasing McKendree’s musical talent.

  • Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combos
  • Chamber Ensembles for Woodwinds, Strings & Brass

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Marching Bearcat Band

  • Pep Band
     

 

 

Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?


McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you will receive at McKendree. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.

 

 

Program Highlights

 

  • Two unique degree tracks in Classical Performance, and Jazz Performance give you the opportunity to shape your coursework to fit your career goals.

  • Music minor gives you the tools to perform and study music while majoring in another related field.

  • More than 10 different performance ensembles in everything from bands to choirs enable you to make lasting memories doing what you love while earning scholarship funds.

  • The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts: Opened in 2006, the Hett gives music students an impressive venue to demonstrate their talents to audiences. Perform in this state-of-the-art theater that hosts countless professional dancers, musicians, and actors from around the world.

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities


Music majors find employment in a number of careers, including performance, composing, and teaching. Our graduates work as orchestral musicians, professional singers and instrumentalists, church music directors, and teachers in their own studios.

 

 

 

Interesting Courses

 

  • Introduction to Conducting

  • History of Jazz

  • History of Music

  • Performance Labs

 

 

 

Club Information / Honor Societies

 

  • Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity)

  • National Association for Music Education

  • Marching Bearcat Band

 

 

 

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Key Faculty

Photo of Nancy Ypma, D.Mus.Nancy Ypma, D.Mus.

Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts
Professor
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts
(618) 537-6922

nypma@mckendree.edu 


Photo of Jennifer Moder-Bell, Ph.D.Jennifer Moder-Bell, IPhD

Associate Professor
Director of Concert Band & Wind Ensemble
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts 1092
(618) 537-6428
jamoder-bell@mckendree.edu

 

Headshot of John McDonald, DMAJohn McDonald, DMA

Assistant Professor
Hettenhausen Center for the Arts 1110
(618) 537-6554
jtmcdonald@mckendree.edu

 

 

Full List of Music Department Faculty & Staff

 


 


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