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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music

Dr. Alcingstone Cunha, Dean
Campbellsville University, UPO 792, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718
aocunha@campbellsville.edu 270.789.5340

School of Music Mission Statement

The School of Music of Campbellsville University serves as an instrument of the University in the direction of music training and stimulation of creative and professional work in music. The School of Music provides music study within the mission and goals of the University.

The School of Music attempts to broaden the education of every student in the University by providing a wide range of experiences in music; by offering class instruction, which seeks to develop an understanding of music as a communicative art, its place in life, and its value to the individual; and by offering specialized training in musical skills.

The School of Music encourages the development of students who wish to prepare for careers as professional performers, teachers, or church musicians by providing competency-based courses that lay a technical and broad cultural foundation and which equip music students in their particular fields of interest and endeavor.

The School of Music guides students in the attainment of academic, spiritual, vocational, cultural, and social values through professional training, musicianship, and the liberal arts concept.

Graduate Degrees Offered by School of Music

The Graduate Program of the School of Music seeks to develop professional competence and productive scholarship in its students. The program of study is designed to lead to a broad acquaintance with historical and contemporary states of learning and prepare students to contribute to the advancement of their respective fields.

The Campbellsville University School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Master of Arts in Music (MAM)

The Master of Arts in Music is designed to provide students with a broad range of musical coursework, without a specialization.

Master of Arts in Music: Musicology
The design of the Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Musicology focuses upon the historical periods of Western music history.

Master of Arts in Music: Worship
The Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Worship is designed to equip students further to face the needs of today’s Christian Church.

Master of Music (MM)

Four Concentration areas available: Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, and Vocal Performance & Pedagogy

Master of Music: Conducting
The Master of Music in Conducting degree program is designed for students with exceptional conducting skill planning for a professional performance-based career as a conductor.

Master of Music: Instrumental Performance
The Master of Music in Instrumental Performance concentration (MMIP) is designed for students with exceptional skill in winds, strings, or percussion, who seek a career in professional performance or collegiate teaching.

Master of Music: Piano Performance & Pedagogy
The Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy is intended to advance both the student’s musical and intellectual skills, as well as to prepare students to make significant contributions to the field of piano pedagogy.

Master of Music: Vocal Performance & Pedagogy
The Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy is intended to advance both the student’s musical and intellectual skills, as well as to prepare students to contribute to the field of vocal pedagogy.

Master of Music in Music Education (MMME)

The Master of Music in Music Education degree is primarily intended for certified music educator having a Rank III teaching certificate, who are required, if teaching in the State of Kentucky, to attain the Master’s level (Rank II) certification. The degree can also assist non-certified musicians who have a bachelor’s degree to prepare for further studies in doctoral programs and college-level teaching. This degree does not certify individuals for public school teaching in the elementary or secondary schools unless Rank II certification was previously earned.

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is a one-year professional program for instrumental, piano or voice, and is designed to enable students to expand their knowledge of repertoire and technique and to further their performance skills and musical understanding. The Artist Diploma program is designed with flexibility in mind so its candidates can focus their energies exclusively on performance and performance-related study.

Faculty and Staff

Dean of the School

Alcingstone Cunha, Ph.D.
B.M., North Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary; B.A., Pernambuco Federal University; M.M., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of Music: Worship, Musicology

Full-Time Faculty & Areas of Instruction

Corey Bonds, D.M.A.
B.M,, Campbellsville University; M.M,, Campbellsville University; D.M.A., University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor of Music: Conducting, Director of CU Bands

William H. Budai, Ph.D.
B.M., Central Michigan University; M.M., Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Professor of Music: Piano, Piano Pedagogy

C. Chad Floyd, D.M.A.
B.M., Campbellsville University; M.M., Belmont University; M.E.L., Eastern Kentucky University; Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Professor of Music: Percussion
Clark Hunt, M.M.
B.A., Jacksonville State University; M.M., Georgia State University
Assistant Professor of Music: Trumpet
James Killion, D.M.A.
B.M.E., Southwest Baptist College; M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma
Associate Professor Music: Voice, Worship

Lisa R. McArthur, Ph.D.
B.M. Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam College; M.M., M.A., Kent State University; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Professor of Music: Flute, Theory

Saulo Moura, D.M.A.
B.M., University of Rio de Janeiro; M.M., Florida International University; M.M., University of Louisville; D.M.A., University of Kentucky
Instructor in Music: Composition, Jazz Studies, Cello

Loida Pineda, Ph.D.
B.T., Colegio San Augustin; B.B.Adm, Instituto Comercial Bancario; M.M., Universidad Anahua; M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.M.Ed., Indiana University
Assistant Professor of Music: Music Education


Denis Santos, D.M.A.
B.A., Ceará State University; M.M., Campbellsville University; D.M.A., University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor of Music: Woodwind Area

Support Staff
Jacquie Miller
B.A., Western Kentucky University; M.M.C.M., Campbellsville University

Admission to the Music Graduate Program

Admissions criteria that will be reviewed using a holistic procedure are the following. Specific degrees may have additional requirements.

1. Possession of a bachelor’s degree in music, or permission from the Graduate Music Admissions Committee.

2. Submission of two letters of recommendation including one from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities or potential.

3. Submission of official transcripts of all college work from accredited institutions (both undergraduate and graduate) confirming a minimum GPA 2.75 on a 4.0 scale overall, including professional education courses, if applicable, and in the applicant’s undergraduate major or academic emphasis.

4. Completion of the application form, including an essay that discusses the applicant’s interest in and commitment to graduate study.

5. Presentation of an audition. A live audition is preferred; prior arrangement accepts recordings of recent live performances.

6. All applicants must pass an entrance examination in music theory and music history and literature and take appropriate steps to remediate any deficiencies.

7. Master of Music in Music Education applicants must submit a copy of the teaching certificate (if applicable).

8. The TOEFL is required for all international applicants whose primary language is not English and who are not graduates of a college/university in the United States. Paper-based score minimum of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80. The alternative testing options in place of TOEFL are: a) score 6.0 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), b) score 53 or higher on Pearson Test of English (PTE), and c) score 600 or higher on Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).


Students desiring admission to a music degree program must perform an audition for a panel of graduate music faculty members. This performance should show evidence of competence and is rated by the faculty as to the ability and potential of the individual. Prospective students who show no promise of success will not be admitted to a music degree program. If some potential is evidenced, the student may be admitted provisionally with the understanding that substantial progress is shown in the area(s) of weakness during the first semester of study. After this time, a re-evaluation will take place. Students who demonstrate adequate ability and potential will be admitted unconditionally. Auditions will take place each semester no later than the day designated by the University as the last day to register for a class.

Auditions for Performance Degrees

Applicants seeking admission to the MM: Instrumental Performance, MM: Piano Performance & Pedagogy, or MM: Vocal Performance & Pedagogy will submit a list of performed repertoire and present a live audition before a panel of graduate music faculty members.

Keyboard & Instrumental: The audition should be at least 20 minutes of music or a minimum of two works in contrasting styles. 

Vocal: The audition should be by memory and at least 20 minutes of upper-level repertoire representing each of the following areas: Baroque literature, German lieder, French melodie, opera aria, and American or British art song.

Composition: Students who wish to pursue composition as their primary applied area at the master’s level will submit two recent pieces representing different performance media and post-1900 musical styles. Students will present an essay with each composition providing specific details about the composers and works that have provided inspiration or models. The essay will also include detailed information about the techniques and procedures that went into the works, using terms and concepts learned in the student’s undergraduate theory coursework such as Music Theory, Form and Analysis, Orchestration, Counterpoint, and Choral Arranging.

Each composition and essay will be submitted in a three-ring binder and will include a printed copy of the score along with a sound recording. Recordings of live performances will be preferable, but recordings from the computer will be acceptable. The materials will be evaluated by a panel of three or more members of the music faculty. The committee will complete an approval form which will be placed in the student’s academic folder.

Auditions for MM Conducting

Applicants will come to campus the semester before enrollment and conduct an ensemble rehearsal as their live audition. However, students may submit recordings of recent live performances leading an ensemble. The video angle should preferably focus on the conductor and be from the ensemble’s view of the conductor.

Entrance Exams

Applicants to graduate music programs must pass an Entrance Exam before beginning graduate coursework. The Entrance Exam must be taken only once and during regularly scheduled exam time. The exam includes music theory and music history and literature. A minimum passing score is 70% in each area. Students who do not pass in either area on the review are required to take remedial coursework before beginning regular graduate studies in music theory and music history. This remediation may be undertaken by enrollment in MUS 498 Survey of Western Music History and/or MUS 499 Essentials of Music Theory. Credits earned in completing the remedial courses do not count toward the degree. 

Admission to Degree Candidacy

Admission to candidacy for the graduate degrees in music requires the student to complete the following:

  1. Fifteen semester hours of graduate-level coursework.
  2. Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate-level courses taken at the University and those approved for transfer to be applied to fulfillment of degree requirements.
  3. Successful completion of all applicable entrance examinations

A grade point average of 2.75 or above at the undergraduate level on a scale of A = 4.0 is required for applicants who have had no previous graduate study. A grade point average of 2.75 or above on a scale of A = 4.0 is required for applicants seeking to transfer previous graduate work into the program.

This program has no residency requirements.

A minimum of 32 semester hours of credit is required beyond the baccalaureate for this program.

Requirements for the Music Graduate Program

  1. The program consists of completing 32 semester hours of credit successfully as specified in the applicant’s degree plan.
  2. No D grades and no more than 3 hours of C grades will count toward degree completion; no grade below B- will be allowed for applied study. The candidate must also have an overall 3.0 grade-point average for graduation.
  3. A maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from other accredited graduate institutions if those credits match the course requirements of the graduate program.  Approval of transfer credits will result from an examination of the transcript (accompanied by appropriate documentation) by the Graduate Music Admissions Committee and/or Dean of the School of Music.
  4. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken by appointment.
  5. All graduate students must successfully complete the final culminating project of their respective degrees.
  6. Each full-time resident graduate student must participate in a University-sponsored performing organization regardless of performance grant requirements. Students enroll in at least one major ensemble for zero credit each semester. This unique arrangement allowing participation without registration applies only to ensembles, not any other course type.

Recital & Concert Attendance

Students are expected to attend concert and recital opportunities both at the University and in the community. While not required to attend recitals, graduate students are expected to support their peers and exercise professional development and attitudes by attending concerts regularly. (Policy revised Sept. 2010).

Proper attire is required for all musical events whether performing or attending.

A Calendar of Events is posted on the School of Music bulletin board and is also available on the School of Music website.

Recital Performance

Studio Labs

Applied students as a group meet with their instructor in weekly Studio Labs. It is advised that a student should perform a piece in labs before performing it on General Recital. Applied piano students have Piano Repertory Hour so that they will be free to accompany students at labs and General Recital. Woodwind labs will be scheduled based on instructor availability.

Piano Repertory Hour: Wednesdays, 4 p.m., GRH
Studio Labs: Tuesdays, 2 p.m.

Student Recitals

General Recital

All music students will perform at least once a semester on an afternoon General Recital. MM Performance students will perform at least twice a semester on General Recital. Performances should be limited to 5-6 minutes. Performers must fill out a General Recital registration form by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the recital. Forms are available in TigerNet. Applied instructor’s signature is required on the form.

Graduate Recital Planning & Scheduling

Students presenting a Graduate Recital as their culminating project should work with their applied instructors and accompanists when planning a recital. Please refer to the Student Recital Policies & Procedures and the Recital Planning Worksheet that can be obtained through the music office.

Recital Hearings

Hearings for graduate recitals will occur approximately one month before the recital date. The applied instructor is responsible for scheduling a time and securing at least two other faculty members for the hearing panel. The student will bring to the hearing a typed list of the recital music, one copy for each faculty member, with room for comments after each piece. A Recital Hearing Form is available in TigerNet.

Hearings may be judged as passed, probational (with specific requirements), or failed. Suppose a hearing is deemed probational or failed; in that case, the student and applied instructor will jointly determine the course of action to complete the hearing successfully. A recital hearing may be re-presented a maximum of two times.

Accompanist honoraria must be paid to the music office by the hearing date. Failure to do so may result in postponing the hearing.

Recital Programs

The guidelines for graduate recital programs are as follows:

  1. No program shall use any illustration or caricature.
  2. Programs shall use Times New Roman font.
  3. Paper for programs shall be selected from the normal range of colors available in the Music Office.
  4. Acknowledgments may only appear on senior and graduate recital programs and shall be limited to four lines of text as laid out in the program and may cite only parents, spouses, other immediate family members and professors involved with the preparations of the recital.
  5. Titles of compositions shall include complete and accurate information in appropriate citation style.
  6. Composers shall be listed by full name with birth and death years in parenthesis, or birth year only if the composer is still living. Example: (b. 1949)
  7. The School of Music secretary shall enforce the guidelines for recital programs in consultation with the appropriate applied professors and the Dean of the School of Music.
  8. Program notes should be included in all programs. 
  9. The applied professor bears primary responsibility for the precise nature and content of program notes.

Program notes must be turned in to the School of Music secretary at least two days before the recital. The applied instructor must approve all program notes.

Recital Recordings

Every effort is made to record all evening recitals on compact disc. These recordings are kept on file and can be checked out from the Music Office.

Jury Examinations

Applied Juries

Graduate students studying applied music as a requirement for their degree are required to take a jury at the end of each semester. The jury performance block is eight minutes for vocalists and 10 minutes for keyboardists and instrumentalists. The jury performance consists of one work selected by the student and other works selected by the faculty from a list of repertoire prepared during the semester. Jury panels consist of the student’s applied instructor and three additional music faculty members.

Each student’s performance is evaluated based on the performance itself, the evidence of developing technical and expressive skills, and overall progress. Each faculty member gives a letter grade and then averaged among the panel members for a jury grade. The student’s final grade is determined by the applied instructor based on the jury grade.

Jury examinations are not required once a student has completed the number of credit hours required in applied study, nor when applied study is taken as an elective. A jury examination is usually not needed for the semester a student gives a Graduate Recital.

Jury sheets are provided in TigerNet for students to list the music they have studied during the semester. These should be completed and brought to the student’s final lesson of the semester and should receive the instructor’s signature at that time. The applied instructor should plan to share the jury sheet with the student following the jury performance.

Conducting Juries
Applied conducting students should submit a DVD or video files near the end of each semester of study. These videos will fulfill the vocal/instrumental conducting jury requirement and should document the student in rehearsal and performance settings while conducting a live ensemble. Submitted recordings of live ensemble conducting shall include the initial reading of the piece, subsequent rehearsals, and the performance with the live ensemble. Supplemental videos of recorded ensembles may also be utilized at the discretion of the applied teacher.

Comprehensive Examinations

All graduate students must pass the Comprehensive Exams (Exit Exams), which should be taken during the student’s final semester. If any part of the Exams is failed, the student must retake, and pass, the part(s) in an equivalent exam. The Graduate Comprehensive Exams Coordinator will schedule the retake. In the case of a second failure, the student must wait until the next semester to retake failed portions. Failure to pass any segment of the Comprehensive Exams after the third attempt will result in dismissal from the degree program. In this case, the student is ineligible to reapply for the same graduate degree program at any point in the future.

Part I: General Knowledge Exam

The General Knowledge Exam includes Music Theory and Music History/Literature. Both segments are graded on a pass/fail basis, and all graduate students must pass both. A minimum passing score is 75 points.

Part II: Specialty Exam

The specialty exam encompasses all coursework in the student’s concentration. The exam is graded on a pass/fail basis, and the student must pass with a minimum score of 80 points. For students on the thesis track, the oral defense serves as the final specialty exam.

Culminating Projects

All students enrolled in the MA: Music or MA: Worship must choose one of the tracks available in their respective degrees. Students enrolled in the MM: Conducting, MM: Instrumental Performance, MM: Piano Pedagogy & Performance, or MM: Vocal Pedagogy & Performance programs follow the Recital Track. Students enrolled in the MA: Musicology program follow the Thesis Track.

Thesis Track

Upon registering for the course MUS 641 Master’s Thesis I, the student’s academic advisor will secure two additional members of the music faculty to serve on the Thesis Committee. Following the appointment of a committee chair, the academic advisor shall notify the Dean of the School of Music. The student is expected to work with and provide ample opportunity for committee members to evaluate the student’s work and progress.

Students should read the Guidelines for Writing Master’s Theses available in TigerNet. The oral defense serves as the final specialty exam for students on the thesis track.

Recital Track

The student’s applied professor appoints a committee of three faculty members: the applied professor (who serves as chair), the student’s academic advisor, and a third faculty member. Should the applied professor also be the student’s academic advisor, another faculty member familiar with the student’s work is added.

• The applied professor and student select the graduate recital program.

• The recital hearing takes place four weeks before the recital, with the committee members in attendance. Additional faculty may be requested for the hearing if deemed appropriate. Committee members grade the recital hearing on a pass/fail basis. With the approval of the committee, the student subsequently presents their recital.

Academic Concerns

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be the creator of their work and to maintain academic integrity in all aspects of the course. Cheating is the violation of classroom rules of honesty on examinations and assignments. Any student found guilty of cheating may receive a failing grade of “F” for any assignment, project, or exam, and may result in failure of the course.

Plagiarism is defined as representing or repeating the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own in any academic exercise. All writing you do for any course must be your own and must be exclusively for that course alone. Any student found guilty of plagiarism may receive a failing grade of “F” for any academic exercise and may result in failure of the course. (Policy adopted March 2010, rev. Feb. 2011, rev. Aug. 2016)

Ensemble Credit

Graduate students are required in their programs of study (see Bulletin-Catalog) to complete some credit hours in performing ensembles. Students may participate in other ensembles by registering for zero-credit; however, a student must fulfill the standard attendance requirements for any ensemble in which he or she joins even if not taken for credit. This unique arrangement allowing participation without registration applies only to ensembles, not to any other type of course.

Earning a Second Master’s Degree

Students desiring to obtain a second master’s degree from Campbellsville University must meet the requirements for admission to the second-degree program. Up to 14 hours from the first-degree program may be applied to the second program, with a minimum of 18 additional hours required in the new program. Culminating projects for both degree programs must be completed.


Master of Arts in Music

Master of Music

Master of Music in Music Education

Post-Graduate Diploma