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Undergraduate Student Handbook

Welcome to the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce. We’re glad you are here and we hope that you find your time on campus fulfilling and rewarding as you prepare for your music or music-related career. This handbook is your toolbox of forms, policies, procedures, opportunities, and other useful information you will need during your time as a music student. This document is not a substitute for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Undergraduate Catalog; instead, it works in conjunction with the university requirements and procedures described in that document.

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The Department of Music of Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes excellence in music through the rigorous study of music history, literature, theory, composition, pedagogy, and the preparation of music performance in applied study and ensembles to meet the highest standards of aesthetic expression.

VISION: The Department of Music

  • Provides opportunities for all students to enhance their perception, comprehension, performance, and ultimately, appreciation of music.
  • Prepares students to be leaders in music education, music performance, and other related fields of the performing arts.
  • Fosters creative activities and the intellectual pursuit of knowledge about music.
  • Enriches the lives of the students and faculty of Texas A&M-Commerce and the communities of the state and nation with inspirational performances and stimulating educational opportunities.

VALUES: As a department, we value

  • Actionable pursuit of excellence in scholarship, pedagogy and artistry;
  • Diversity, equity and inclusivity in curriculum, repertoire, representation and ideas, where students and faculty are equipped to maneuver as engaged citizens in cultural leadership and global awareness;
  • Curiosity and creativity as individuals and as collaborative artists;
  • Professionalism and collegiality among students, faculty and staff, culminating in a culture of trust and mutual respect.

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