Chair: Vance Larsen
Department Webpage: www.snow.edu/music
The mission of the Snow College Music Department is to provide students with a high
quality music education experience through innovative and engaging course and degree
The music department accomplishes its mission by (1) maintaining a high quality transfer
program, (2) providing all students at snow College with an opportunity for excellent
musical experiences through participation in its ensemble program, (3) providing engaging
general education course offerings, and (4) providing students with a 21-century music
education experience through its innovative Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Commercial
The music department at Snow College was named the Horne School of Music in January
2002 as a result of a substantial gift to the college from the Horne family. Snow
College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250
Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248 since 1995 and is also an "All
Steinway School". The Horne School of Music is housed in a $17 million performing
arts building known as the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.
Upon graduation, students of the BM degree will have met the following competencies:
- Students will have foundational capabilities in classical performing mediums, including
the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible
- Students will have knowledge of a wide variety of solo and ensemble literature suitable
for use in public performance, classroom teaching, and in the private studio.
Students will know and be able to demonstrate basic pedagogical techniques related
to their instrument.
- Students will demonstrate performance capabilities in various idioms, including the
ability to perform, improvise, compose, arrange, and score. Some students will be
capable of doubling on secondary instruments.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of classical, jazz,
and American popular music, including the cultural sources and influences of these
- Students will possess the skills necessary to begin work as a performer and composer/arranger
in a variety of jazz and commercial studio music idioms. This includes the ability
to produce the appropriate expressive style of the music being produced.
- Students will know how to use various music technologies, including music notation
software and music editing programs. Students will be trained in the recording and
production aspects of the music industry. They will be able to work a sound board,
set up microphones, monitors, speakers, and other technology used in the production
of music events or recordings.
Program within Department:
Associate Degree Recommended Curricula: