Abilene - Texas Music Education Primer


Number of TMEP Listings: 3

City: Abilene

Abilene Christian University | Department of Music

  • ACU Box 28274, Abilene, TX 79699-8274
  • (325) 674-2199 (325) 674-2197
  • Dr. Matt Roberson, Chair; Melvin Hartline, Financial Operations Manager; Dr. Gregory Straughn, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Gregory Straughn
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1906
    • Undergraduate students: 100
    • Graduate students: 0
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 14
    • Part-time instructors: 11
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 6:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 128
    • (within major: 60;
    • within minor: NA)
    • Teaching certification: yes
    • Internship required: no
    • Recording facility: no
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Scholarships include both Department of Music scholarships, as well as multiple endowed awards.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Emily Berry at (325) 674-2197
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: National Association of Schools of Music; Texas Association of Music Schools; Texas Music Educators Association
  • Abilene Christian University offers three music degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Jazz Track), Bachelor of Music in Performance (voice and piano) and a Bachelor of Music leading to teacher certification. Music scholarships are available on an audition basis. We currently have 100 music majors and nearly 400 students active in classes and ensembles. The program is housed in the 92,000 square-foot Williams Performing Arts Center.
  • Performance opportunities include the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, University Chorale, A Cappella Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Opera Workshop. For information about instrumental ensembles, contact Dr. Steven Ward, Director of Bands. For information about vocal ensembles, contact Jeff Goolsby, Director of Choral Activities.
  • Performance facilities include the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (280 seats), Cullen Auditorium (850 seats) and Moody Coliseum (6,000 seats). Contact Emily Berry for further information (325) 674-2197.
  • Overall enrollment: 4600
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: $29,450
  • Classical, Jazz


Hardin-Simmons University | School of Music and Fine Arts

  • P.O. Box 16230, Abilene, TX 79698-6230
  • (325) 670-1427 (325) 670-1426
  • Robert Tucker, Dean; Debbie McFarland, dmcfar@hsutx.edu; Deborah McFarland, Administrative Assistant
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1891
    • Undergraduate students: 104
    • Graduate students: 12
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 18
    • Part-time instructors: 8
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 5:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 135
    • (within major: 60;
    • within minor: 22)
    • Teaching certification: yes
    • Internship required: yes
    • Recording facility: yes
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Departmental and endowment scholarships available.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Dr. Lynnette Chambers at (325) 670-1430
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: National Association Schools of Music; Texas Association of Music Schools; Texas Music Educators Assocication
  • Hardin-Simmons has been strongly committed to music education since its inception in 1891. A member of National Association of Schools of Music since 1930, the School of Music has a full-time faculty of 18 which includes performing artists in all fields of applied music and nationally recognized scholars in the field of theory and composition, music education, church music, performance, and musicology. The School of Music has approximately 100 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students. The Bachelor and Master of Music degree is offered with majors in Music Education, Church Music, Performance and Theory / Composition. Also offered is the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music and elective studies in Business, with a minor in Business Administration, or a minor of the student's choice.
  • Performance opportunities include the Concert Choir (40 members) under the direction of Dr. Clell Wright; HSU Chorale (55 members) under the direction of Dr. Dee Romines; Concert Band (65 members) and Cowboy Band (45 members) under the direction of Dr. Wayne Dorothy; Abilene Collegiate Orchestra (65 members) under the direction of Dr. Peter Isaacson; and the HSU Opera under the direction of Dr. Chris Hollingsworth.
  • Performance facilities include the Woodward Dellis Recital Hall (265 seats) which has a recording studio for recitals and concerts (Lawson Hager, Dean 325-670-1427), and the Behrens Chapel Auditorium (2,000 seats), Larry Wheeler, Technical Director, 325-670-1511.
  • Overall enrollment: 2,350
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: $16,440


McMurry University | Department of Music

  • School of Arts and Letters, Box 96 | McMurry Station, Abilene, TX 79697
  • (325) 793-4860 (325) 793-3800
  • Dr. Christina Wilson, Dean School of Arts and Letters; Elizabeth Ducey Moss, DMA, Assistant Professor of Music; David robinson, Director of Bands; Saybra Phillips
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1924
    • Undergraduate students: 30
    • Graduate students: 0
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 6
    • Part-time instructors: 1
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 15:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 126
    • (within major: 72;
    • within minor: 18)
    • Teaching certification: yes
    • Internship required: no
    • Recording facility: no
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Each year more than $75,000 in scholarships are awarded to music students.Various other scholarships are also granted for church music, piano, and performance. McMurry's Music Department offers a number of different scholarships, including departmental merit scholarships and several special endowed scholarships. Merit scholarships can be awarded to any student, regardless of his or her major, for participation in choir or band, and approximately half of the students currently involved in choir and band receive a merit scholarship. To compete for a merit award, students must audition for the music faculty. For endowed scholarships, students must both audition and meet other special requirements associated with each scholarship.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Dr. Laura Ellis at (915) 793-3835
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: Texas Association of Music Schools; Texas Music Educators Association
  • McMurry University offers a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis on vocal and instrumental music; a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with either a vocal or keyboard emphasis; and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Traditionally, McMurry has served the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church with a liberal arts approach towards higher education.
  • Performance opportunities include Marching Band (70 members), Concert Band (60 members), Bi-State Honor Band; for more information, contact Scott Taube at (915) 793-3837. There are also three choral ensembles: University Choir (65 members), Chanters (45 members), and Vocal Point (12 members), contact Dr. Stephen Eaves at (915) 793-3834.
  • Performance facilities include the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall (200 seats) and the Radford Auditorium (1,200 seats); contact Stacie Ferguson at (915) 793-4888.
  • Overall enrollment: 1,379
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: $9,600



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