The Division of Music seeks to provide opportunities for students to gain professional competence in the art of music, integrating the highest standards of musical performance with a broad-based curriculum of scholarly studies within the framework of a strong Christian liberal arts tradition. The Division offers personalized attention in teaching and research with the goals of developing the talents and abilities of each individual student; discovering the ways in which music study leads to understanding oneself, humanity, and the world; and preparing the student for a variety of career objectives. In addition, the Division of Music offers opportunities for non-music majors to experience the arts through performance and scholarly study of music.
The Division of Music provides students a comprehensive academic program that encompasses studies toward the completion of the Bachelor of Music degrees in performance, worship arts, theory-composition and musical theatre; the Bachelor of Music Education degree in choral and instrumental music; and, the Bachelor of Arts degree in music.
The curricula are established to comply with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 22090; telephone 703-437-0700, of which Ouachita Baptist University?s Division of Music is a member. In addition, the music education curricula meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Department of Education and of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Students interested in instrumental music are provided with a wide range of performance opportunities including the Marching and Symphonic Bands, the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band. Small instrumental ensemble experiences are offered in the areas of brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings. A handbell choir is offered to those desiring this experience.
A comprehensive program of choral ensembles includes the Concert Choir, the Ouachita Singers, the Women?s Chorus and the Ouachita Sounds. The Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre provide additional performance opportunities.
Music participation opportunities available to the non-music major include private music lessons, choral and instrumental ensembles and the Fine Arts: Music course. Students majoring in music have the opportunity to combine professional studies in music with a liberal arts curriculum. CORE courses within the School of Interdisciplinary Studies are included in the degrees.