Music Program Overview

Located in the new Clayton Center for the Arts, the Maryville College Music Department offers a comprehensive, NASM-accredited music curriculum within the acclaimed Maryville College liberal arts experience. Students will receive expert instruction in music theory, music history, and performance. Our five music majors‚ the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral), the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Instrumental), the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition‚ provide ample preparation and flexibility for the pursuit of careers involving music or graduate school.

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Interested in participating in a fine arts program at Maryville College? Please use the Contact Form on Ashley Abbott Maynard's page to provide us with some information about yourself. Ashley, will put you in touch with one of our fine arts faculty, who will contact you to discuss your options.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Swann

Chair, Division of Fine Arts, Professor of Music
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Dr. Sheri Matascik

Associate Professor of Music
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Dr. Christy Lee

Lecturer in Collaborative Piano and Orchestra Conductor
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Dr. Alicia Massie-Legg

Lecturer in Music
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Dr. Eric Simpson

Lecturer in Music Education and Director of Bands
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Ms. Stacey Wilner

Lecturer in Music, Director of Choral Activities
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Ms. Rachel Acuff

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard and Oboe
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Ms. Erin Bray

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Woodwind
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Mr. Ashley Burell

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Harpsichord
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Mr. Alan Eleazer

Conductor, Community Chorus; Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Mr. Chase Hatmaker

Adjunct Choral Assistant
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Mr. Tom Lundberg

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Brass
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Ms. Gina Milligan

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano/Keyboard
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Mr. Harold Nagge

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
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Mr. Shaun Schuetz

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Percussion
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Dr. Larry Smithee

Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Ms. Kathleen Spillane

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Ms. Megan Tipton

Adjunct Music Lessons - Strings
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Mr. Will Yager

Adjunct Instructor of Music - Bass
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Mrs. Deborah Boling

Office Manager, Fine Arts
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Ms. Ashley Maynard

Choral Assistant and Fine Arts Recruiter
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Course Offerings

The Major in Piano or Vocal Performance consists of a total of 78 credit hours including the following courses:

MUS 101: Music Theory I (3 hrs.)
MUS 102: Music Theory II (3 hrs.)
MUS 111: Aural Skills I (1 hr.)
MUS 112: Aural Skills II (1 hr.)
MUS 201: Music Theory III (3 hrs.)
MUS 202: Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)
MUS 211: Aural Skills III (1 hr.)
MUS 212: Aural Skills IV (1 hr.)
MUS 308: Pedagogy in the Applied Field (1 hr.)
MUS 312: History of Music in the United States (3 hrs.)
MUS 313: History of Western Fine Arts Music to 1750 (3 hrs.)
MUS 314: History of Western Fine Arts Music from 1750 to the Present (3 hrs.)


MUS 315: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs.)
MUS 322: Conducting (3 hrs.)
MUS 323: Orchestration and Arranging (2 hrs)
MUS 351-352: Senior Project (6 hrs.)
MUS 401: Literature in the Applied Field I (1 hr.)
MUS 402: Literature in the Applied Field II (1 hr.)
24 hours of applied music in the principal area
8 hours of ensemble
4 hours of music electives (courses, lessons, ensembles, or a combination).

Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD


Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the program of study will have achieved the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in music theory, ethnomusicology, and the history of American and Western fine arts music
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in keyboard, aural skills, improvisation, and use of electronic technology in music
  • Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in at least one area of applied music, together with a knowledge of repertory
  • Demonstrate high-quality performance skills in ensembles, together with a knowledge of repertory
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills necessary for professional degrees in performance (piano and voice) and music education (vocal/general and instrumental)
  • Establish composite knowledge and skills necessary for the pursuit of graduate study and/or a musical career suited to the student\'s talents and desires