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Chair: Vance Larsen
Phone: (435) 283-7465

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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 offerings.

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 Music degree.

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 level. 
  • 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 musical genres. 
  • 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. 

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