Chair or Program Director: 

S. Timothy Glasscock, D.M.A., Chair
Norton Music Building 203, Phone 272-8075,


J. Richard Burchard, MM; Dave Clark, MM; Alexander T. Simpson, Jr. Ph.D.; Meme Tunnell, MM

The Music Program offers an integrated program of both standard and commercial instruction. Diverse course offerings, numerous and enriching music activities and challenging ensembles, individual attention from faculty, and innovative and flexible degree programs make the Bellarmine University Music Program an attractive choice for student musicians.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered with the following emphases: Jazz Studies, Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Sacred Music Studies, and Teacher Certification with Music Specialization.


The Music Department at Bellarmine University is a student-centered environment that prepares professionals to be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century. In the Catholic tradition, successful learning takes place in an environment filled with wisdom, inclusiveness, diversity, self-discovery, engagement and compassion. Value-centered education in both liberal arts and professional specializations provide multiple educational experiences to prepare students to live in an interdependent world. The curriculum connects the historical practices of the past with the most current practices of today. The Music Department has six goals for its degree programs:

  1. Students should be prepared for a career in music, graduate study or teacher certification in music.
  2. Students should develop an understanding of music theory in western musical compositions from all eras.
  3. Students should develop an understanding of music history in western musical compositions from all eras.
  4. Students should develop the ability to perform in one performance medium.
  5. Students should develop the ability to demonstrate basic technique on at least one instrument that is not their major performing medium (including voice).
  6. Students should develop the ability to demonstrate basic skills with technology appropriate to the degree program.

Entrance Audition

If you wish to be accepted into the music program as a major or minor, you must successfully complete an entrance audition. This audition can be set up at various times throughout the year based upon your planned visit to the Bellarmine campus. The audition is designed to allow the faculty members of the music department to assess your musical skills and background so that we may better advise you as to the most suitable degree track and course schedule for your individual situation.  Successful completion of the course requirements for the degree and consistent improvement of your musical skills are necessary to remain in the major or minor status. If you successfully complete these requirements, work diligently to improve your musical skills and nurture your passion for your art, you can enjoy a successful career in the world of music. Our graduates are proving this every day, in hundreds of different jobs all over the world.

Teacher Certification: Music Specialization

The requirements for Teacher Certification with Music Specialization are listed in the Education section of this catalog.

Piano Proficiency Examination and Sophomore Comprehensive Examination

All majors must pass a sophomore proficiency examination, taken upon completion of the fourth semester of study in the applied major in order to retain their major status. All majors must pass a piano proficiency examination to fulfill the piano requirement for degree conferral.

Degree Requirements

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