The Undergraduate Music Major: Shifting Perspectives of the Curricular Model

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Joseph Bognar


Arts and Sciences


Department of Music

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-23-2016


This project stems from personal and professional associations and connections to The College Music Society's (CMS) document entitled, "Transforming Music Studies from its Foundations: A Manifesto for Progressive Change in the Undergraduate Preparation of Music Majors," which was presented at the CMS National Conference in November of 2014. This research bears the same exigence as the Manifesto, and seeks to identify the shortcomings discussed, and in turn, contemplate possible solutions on a working level in the colleges, universities, and conservatories in the Great Lakes Region of The College Music Society. Despite the broad focus of the entire research project, this presentation will bear a particular emphasis on Valparaiso University for the sake of the Celebration of Undergraduate Research.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Patrick Jansen is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and is an incoming MFA candidate in sound design at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been involved with The College Music Society since his sophomore year, and currently serves as the student representative for the Great Lakes Region.

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