Music

Majoring in music requires an incredible amount of energy, focus, and determination, but is extremely rewarding. In addition to academic coursework, students spend time practicing their instrument, learning to play new instruments, preparing for performances, and studying areas like theory, history, conducting, arranging, and composition. By the time students graduate, they will have developed advanced music literacy skills and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many facets of music. Our integrated curriculum encourages musical creativity and artistic expression that prepares students for graduate school, teaching, performing, and other careers in music. We offer three ensemble groups in both the choral and instrumental programs. Our musical groups are diverse in nature and provide a wide variety of opportunities, including solo and small group work.

Why a degree in Music from Missouri Valley?

Our program is structured to allow for an integrated approach to education, as you will be encouraged to “step out of the box” and develop new areas of artistry. Our small class sizes, personalized approach to education, and faculty that get to know you as an individual, will be important aspects of your educational experience. We offer several instrumental and vocal ensembles for all college students to take advantage of. All music majors, music minors, and non-music majors qualify to receive a Fine Arts Scholarship in Instrumental Music or Vocal Music. Interested students will need to audition to be considered for these scholarships.

Career Possibilities

  • Teaching
  • Arranging Music
  • Agent for Musical Act
  • Audio Engineer
  • Private Vocal or Instrumental Coach
  • Performer

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Fine Arts
  • Music

Courses & Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The BA in Music is designed for students who want a broader music curriculum. Students will focus on performance, composition, conducting, other music related careers, or preparations for graduate school. Students must declare and audition on their primary instrument, which can be any standard band or orchestral instrument, piano, or voice. Each semester, music majors must take applied music lessons for their instrument or voice and are required to participate in a music ensemble.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

The BA in Music Education is designed for students who want to teach K-12 music. Students will choose either instrumental certification, vocal certification, or both. In addition to the required music courses, you must complete the professional education courses listed in the college catalog. Students must declare and audition on their primary instrument, which can be any standard band or orchestral instrument, piano, or voice. Each semester, music majors must take applied music lessons for their instrument or voice and are required to participate in a music ensemble.

Choral Certification

The choral certification requires additional coursework in choral techniques, literature and arranging. You’ll learn the practical aspects of score preparation, choral concert programming, and study the necessary skills needed for arranging music for choral ensembles in various styles of accompanied and unaccompanied music. You may obtain an instrumental certificate by taking an additional 14 hours in the instrumental certification area.

Instrumental Certification

The instrumental certification focuses on teaching you the fundamentals of playing and teaching a number of instruments including stringed, percussion, woodwinds and brass. You’ll also learn techniques in instrumental arranging, and get hands-on experience through short writing projects for choirs, bands and orchestras. Instrumental students may obtain a choral certificate by taking an additional 14 hours in the choral certification area.

Minor in Music

The Minor in Music is designed for students who want a broad introduction into the study of music. This is helpful for a student interested in careers in businesses relating to music. It can also be valuable if a student simply desires a creative outlet. Students must declare and audition on their primary instrument, which can be any standard band or orchestral instrument, piano, or voice. Each semester, music minors must take applied music lessons for their instrument or voice and are required to participate in a music ensemble.

Non-Music Majors

Non-music majors can take advantage of many of the same musical opportunities that music majors do. All college students are welcome to enroll in any of the music ensembles and applied music lessons, however, previous musical experience is required. Non-music majors also have opportunities to earn scholarships in music. For more information about Instrumental Music, please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu. For vocal music, please contact Professor Ryan Hampton at hamptonr@moval.edu.


Admissions & Scholarships

To be admitted as a music major or music minor, applicants must complete the online application to Missouri Valley College by the college deadline and perform an audition by April 1 for admittance for fall semester of that calendar year. For information about audition requirements, or to set up an audition for Instrumental Music, please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu. For vocal music, please contact Professor Ryan Hampton at hamptonr@moval.edu.

Scholarships are available for music majors, music minors, and non-music majors. Music majors can earn up to $14,000 per academic year, and this will be determined based on their audition into the degree program. Music minors and non-music majors can earn up to $11,000 per academic year and must perform an audition before April 1 to be considered for fall semester of that calendar year. All scholarships are contingent upon students meeting certain requirements of participation in ensembles and applied music lessons. For information about scholarships, audition requirements, or to set up an audition for Instrumental Music, please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu. For vocal music, please contact Professor Ryan Hampton at hamptonr@moval.edu.

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Faculty

Kristine Poulsen
Instructor of Instrumental Music
Study Abroad Coordinator
Ryan Hampton
Assistant Professor of Vocal Music
Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music

Music Ensembles at Missouri Valley College

Concert Band
Concert Band is open to all college students who wish to continue performing instrumental music following high school. The band plays traditional literature for concert band and performs concerts throughout the year. Prior instrumental experience is required. Please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu for more information.
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble is open to all college students who wish to continue performing instrumental music following high school in a jazz setting. The ensemble plays traditional and contemporary jazz literature and performs concerts throughout the year. Prior instrumental experience is required. Please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu for more information.
Drumline
Drumline is open to all college students who wish to continue performing marching percussion, woodwinds, and/or brass in a pep band setting. The ensemble performs at home football games, basketball games, and sometimes travels to support the football team for playoff games. No prior drumline or pep band experience is required; however, prior musical experience is required. Please contact Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos at fragiskatosa@moval.edu for more information.
MVC Concert Choir
The MVC Concert Choir is a choral group that is open to all interested MVC students. The choral group studies and performs a variety of music styles, including foreign language and concert/festival. Opportunities for solo and small group work are available through this group. The group performs for a variety of events throughout the school year including Convocation, Fall Showcase, and end-of-semester formal concerts.
Chamber Choir
The MVC Chamber Choir is an auditioned vocal ensemble made up of members from the Concert Choir. The repertoire for the group is chosen based on the makeup, abilities and interests of the group. The size of the group varies from year to year and is determined by auditions, which are held in the fall of the school year. Students who wish to audition for Chamber Choir need to prepare a standard art song and demonstrate sight singing and tonal retention skills.

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