Lee University School Of Music To Restructure, Add Department

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Lee University School of Music will be undergoing reorganization in order to better serve the growing number of students interested in majoring in music. The changes will take effect this fall. 

The SOM will consist of three departments: Music Performance, chaired by Dr. Andrea Dismukes; Music Education, chaired by Dr. Linda Thompson; and Musicianship Studies, chaired by Dr. Phillip Thomas.

“This is a reorganization that the School of Music has been working on for a long time,” said Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, vice president for Academic Affairs. “We think this will bring clarity for students and better facilitate both communication between faculty and development of the curriculum.” 

Previously, all music majors were divided into either the vocal or instrumental department, sometimes separating students with the same degree program, such as music education. This new structure will facilitate more cohesive units, allowing each student to be immersed with others in their field of study right from the beginning, whether it is teaching music, music performance, church music, or music business. 

“Many freshmen arrive with a passion for music and know they want to major in it,” said Dr. William Green, dean of the School of Music. “We will now be able to nurture them in that path from the moment they arrive at Lee.” 

According to Dr. Green, this will also allow faculty to create targeted opportunities for the students in and out of the classroom.

The Lee University School of Music offers five degree programs for undergraduates: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Church Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Science in Music Business; and four degree programs for graduate students: Master of Church Music, Master of Music in Conducting, Master of Music in Music Education, and Master of Music in Performance. 

“Another benefit of this reorganization is that it will facilitate a smoother path for those students wanting to continue on to grad school in their chosen field,” added Dr. Green.

For more information about Lee’s School of Music, please contact 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

Public Education Foundation Hosts Free College Knowledge Lunch Breaks

High school parents & educators from all over the Tennessee Valley are invited to attend the Public Education Foundation's free College Knowledge Lunch Breaks.  Other adults who work with or advise students on the road to post-secondary success are invited as well.   These monthly lunch time workshops will focus on college related topics such as essay writing, ... (click for more)

Lee University To Present Homecoming Music Festival 2014

As a part of the Lee University Homecoming activities, the School of Music will present its annual Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Conn Center. This year’s festival program will include familiar student ensembles Campus Choir, Chamber Strings, Evangelistic Singers, Jazz Band, Ladies of Lee, Lee Singers, Symphonic Band, Voices of Lee, and a group new to the ... (click for more)

2 People Shot Saturday Night On Carousel Road

Two people were shot Saturday evening on Carousel Road. At  9:11 p.m. , Chattanooga Police responded to 1406 Carousel Road on a call of a person shot. One victim on the scene suffered minor injuries.  Another victim was transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital. The s econd victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)