College of Performing Arts

Dale Merrill, M.F.A., Dean

Rick Christophersen, M.A., Administrative Director

The College of Performing Arts brings together the William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music and the Departments of Dance and Theatre. This partnership strengthens each discipline, while positioning the College of Performing Arts as the cultural and aesthetic center of Chapman University. Students will enjoy the college's atmosphere, which combines scholarship, creativity, free expression and intellectual curiosity through both curricular offerings and a broad spectrum of cultural events. College of Performing Arts students also have many opportunities to perform at special events, such as Chapman’s American Celebration, a Broadway–style musical review that serves as the university’s largest annual fundraiser. Chapman University is in the construction phase of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, a new performing arts complex on the Orange campus that, under the leadership of its Founding Dean and Artistic Director, William D. Hall, will serve the needs of our students and the entire community. The Musco Center for the Arts is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

The William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music

Amy Graziano, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Frelly, Hall;

Associate Professors: Atherton, Becker, Cogan, Coker, Dehning, Fong, Graziano, Heim, Holmes, Ivanova, Thomas, Wachs;

Assistant Professors: Sternfeld, Terry, Vazquez–Ramos.

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music

Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education—Music Education Program Emphasis

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music

The single subject credential allows the holder to teach in a specific subject area. Music education students who intend to enroll in the credential program at Chapman may complete the professional education courses of the credential program after the bachelor of music is awarded or may include professional education courses as part of the upper–division undergraduate program. All professional education course work must be approved by an advisor in the College of Educational Studies. Requirements for the credential program are specified in the College of Educational Studies Public School Credential Program section of the graduate catalog. The normal residency for completion of the Bachelor of Music (pre–certification, music education) degree and required professional education courses is five years.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires candidates who are pursuing a single subject credential to verify their subject matter competence as a part of their teaching qualifications. This requirement must be fulfilled before entering the student teaching phase of the credential program. To fulfill the requirement, candidates must pass the music California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). The music CSET consists of three subtests, which may be taken over time, but it is recommended that the first subtest be taken during a candidate’s first semester in the credential program. In addition, the student must achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.750 in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) credits of their completed degree program and must pass the CBEST examination prior to admission to the credential program. CSET and other testing requirements will be reviewed with each candidate by the education director when they first enter the single subject credential program.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education—Music Education Program Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Teaching: secondary education program allows the candidate to obtain both the single subject credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of course work, fieldwork and student research. The College of Educational Studies has developed a specific Master of Arts in Teaching: secondary education—music education program emphasis, for those who wish to teach music education at the middle school or high school level. See the College of Educational Studies Master of Arts in Teaching section of the graduate catalog for more information.

Course Descriptions – Music

MUS 533 Foundations of Music Education

(Same as MUS 433.) Prerequisites, MUS 231, 231L, consent of instructor, senior standing. The purpose of this course is for students to gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations that have shaped and directed music education in America and abroad, and, thereby, to provide the tools for formulating a personal philosophy of music education. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MUS 534 Managing School Programs

(Same as MUS 434.) Prerequisites, MUS 231, 231L, consent of instructor. This course explores the development of music teaching and learning within the context of American society with particular emphasis on preparing future music teachers to manage the administrative and interpersonal demands of the profession. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits.

MUS 698 Thesis/Project

Prerequisites, 24 graduate credits in education and/or completion of a teacher credential program, complete a Thesis/Project Approval Form, and consent of instructor. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. MUS 698 is required course work required for the MAT: Music Education Emphasis advanced core. This course focuses on student's development of a formal master's thesis or field-based project, and the skills to complete this work in adherence to the conventions of educational scholarship. Continuous enrollment required until completion of thesis/project. P/NP. May be repeated for credit. (Offered as needed.) 1–3 credits.