Music Mission Statement
The Slippery Rock University Department of Music is committed to providing learning experiences to meet the current and future needs of today's student. We recognize the unique power of music to express emotion, to teach, to foster communication, to access memories, to motivate, to initiate movement, and to provide enrichment for the community-at-large. The department will provide an environment for serious study and musical performance as we prepare our students for successful careers in music education, music therapy, and performance.
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- to provide experiences that will enable each student to realize his/her creative and musical potential through performance and academic study.
- to provide skill-based preparation for professional degrees.
- to provide students with a broad palette of musical experiences drawn from diverse cultures.
- to assist students in developing the skills and understanding necessary to work with diverse populations.
- to provide cultural experiences to enrich the university and the surrounding community.
- to develop leaders and capable, confident musicians by encouraging students to perform in ensembles, solo performances, competitions, and to participate in professional organizations.
- Students will actively participate in musical experiences such as listening, performing, improvising, composing, conducting, and doing research in the field.
- Students will demonstrate teaching and facilitating skills in education and therapy settings with diverse populations.
- Students will perform regularly as soloists, in ensembles, for master-classes, and be given the opportunity to participate in competitions.
- Students will participate in courses and performance experiences which will expose them to music theory, aural skills, and the history and analysis of western music, American music and world music.
- Students and faculty will present concerts that are open to the university and the general public.
- Students will be encouraged to participate in professional organizations such as Music Therapy Club, Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Music Therapy, Slippery Rock Chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and Mu Phi Epsilon.
New and Noteworthy Student Accomplishments
The Department of Music was granted accreditation this summer by The National Association of Schools of Music. This ten-year process of assessment and evaluation culminated in a massive self-study document, a visitation by NASM evaluators and several years of revisions of the department's policies and curricula.
- Allison Gordner ('16 Music Education Major) was awarded the Castroville, TX Area Chaber of Commerce "You Make a Difference" Award. This award is presented annually to a first-year teacher in the Medina Valley Intermediate School District.
- Erin Oultin (Junior Music Therapy Major) presented her faculty-student collaborative research on Music Therapy and Sensory Integration at the SRU Student Symposium in March 2016.
- Rachel Reed (Senior Music Therapy Major) presented her faculty-student collaborative research on Music Therapy and Disability Studies at the SRU Student Symposium in March 2016.
- May 2015 graduate Megan Gallagher was awarded a 2015 Professional Achievement Recognition and the Shannon Kelly Scholarship for Music Education, awarded by the National Association for Music Education.
- Music education majors Josh Bonnici, Holly Ivancic, Abby Iksic, Anita Snyder, and Mike Zech were awarded an SGA Student Conference Grant to partially fund their trip to The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL.
- Devon Lybarger, sophomore music education major, is serving as the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association Region I Coordinator, a position he won through election.
- David Tini, junior music education major, is serving as the technology coordinator for the state Pennsylvania College Music Educators Association, a position he won through election.
- The SRU Mu Phi Chapter, Delta Mu, was awarded outstanding collegiate chapter and Stephanie Chiocchi (Junior, Music Education) was awarded for her outstanding contribution to service and music.
- Wesley Woodward (Sophomore, Music Education), Josh Bonnici (Sophomore, Music Educaiton), Jeanne Marie Stalteri (Sophomore, Music Educaiton), and Sean Mitchell (Sophomore, Music Education), received a grant to research the development of memory, fine, and gross motor skills through music education at the SGA/SRU Preschool.
- Rachel Reed (Senior, Music Therapy Major) presented with Dr. Susan Hadley (Music Therapy) and Dr. Lacom (Gender Studies) at the Disability First President's Commission for Disability Issues Disability Symposium at Slippery Rock University.
- Ashley Criscione (Senior, Music Therapy Major)and Erin Oulton (Junior, Music Therapy & Art Major) presented at the First President's Commission for Disability Issues Disability Symposium on the use of music therapy and sensory integration
- Rachel Reed (Senior Music Therapy Major) presented a concurrent session entitled "What Is Disabilities Studies?" with Dr. Susan Hadley (Director, Music Therapy) and Dr. Cindy LaCom (Director, Gender Studies) at the First President's Commission for Disability Issues Disability Symposium at Slippery Rock University.
- Dana Jacoby (Senior, Music Therapy Major), won this year's Chad Vocal Competition, a prestigious award for vocal performance.
- Two SRU Music Therapy Students, Ashley Criscione and Erin Oulton, presented on the use of music therapy and sensory integration at the regional Passages Conference in October 2015.
- Thirteen SRU Music Therapy Students, 1 SRU Music Therapy faculty member, and 1 SRU Music Therapy Alumna attended the 3rd Annual Music Therapy Hill Day in Harrisburg in October 2015. #PAMusicTherapy.
- Kevin Adamik, 2013 SRU graduate, is pursuing a Masters in Opera Performance on a $25,000 scholarship from the Cleveland Institute.