2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Theatre and Dance

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Department Chair: Peter Davis, M.Mus.

Coordinator of Theater Program: Reggie Phoenix, M.F.A.
Coordinator of Dance: Lindsay Guarino, M.F.A.

The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Salve Regina provides students with individualized attention and a wide range of training and performance experiences in the creative disciplines of music, theatre and dance.

A liberal arts education, in combination with a curriculum based in the performing arts, helps students realize their artistic potential, while acquiring skills that lead to lifelong learning. Through the discipline of performance, students explore concepts like team work, problem solving, community participation, active listening and the synergy that comes from working together to create a single end product. This process leads to improvement of self-image, presentation and development of human potential.

Whether they pursue their interests professionally or as an aesthetic outlet, our graduates possess the creative, collaborative and analytical skills necessary for success in whatever careers they choose. Our multi-dimensional programming prepares students for careers in performance and teaching, and serves as appropriate preparation for professional training programs or graduate studies in a variety of fields.

In alignment with the mission of Salve Regina University, the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is committed to cultivating graduates with enduring values that enhance their ability to think clearly, respond creatively, and to exercise sound judgment and responsible stewardship in the world.


The Music program at Salve Regina University contributes to the general mission of the University by bringing students into contact with the rich heritage of musical arts. All courses in the music curriculum have an important goal: the awakening of the student’s understanding and enjoyment of music. Each course strives toward sharpening the student’s critical sense, thus enabling him/her to become a more discerning listener and accomplished performer. This is achieved by investigating that special quality found in art music and by performing such music in solo and ensemble settings. The program offers a range of private instruction in voice and instruments as well as a wide variety of performance opportunities.

The Salve Regina mission states the University “prepares men and women by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills and cultivating enduring values.” The study of music at Salve Regina is beneficial for its many outcomes, which include the development of social behaviors such as cooperation, responsibility and multi-cultural sensitivity; personal behaviors such as integrated and “whole brain” learning and creativity, as well as the use of the appropriate technologies. Through the study of music education, students develop the skills and knowledge that enable them to contribute to the world through the vocation of teaching.

Music Program Goals

  1. To provide a quality overall education in music, including excellence in performance, historical perspective and knowledge of the art form.
  2. To offer sufficient performance and learning opportunities for students to develop their craft.
  3. To assist music education students in meeting Rhode Island PK-12 certification criteria.
  4. To enable music education students to contribute positively to the world through the vocation of teaching.
  5. To develop sufficient knowledge/skills enabling students to teach music and enabling them to meet the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  6. To develop a knowledge of the use of the current technology in music.

The Program

The Music Program fosters understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music through study, vocal/instrumental training and performance. The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance offers a major and minor in Music, along with a program in Music Education Teacher Certification (PK-12). Courses are divided into three areas: Music History and Theory (MSC); Instrumental and Vocal Instruction (MSI); and Performing Ensembles (MSP). Students are offered a number of performance opportunities in choral music, band, orchestra, jazz ensembles and solo recital.

Theatre Arts

Theatre is a collaborative art form, which relies on both individual artistry, and the ability to engage the creative process as part of a team. The Theatre Arts program provides students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the literary and historical background of the Dramatic Art, to learn the applied theory and practical techniques in preparation for professional careers in Theatre and/or related fields. The course of study is designed to develop the students understanding of the correlation between the theoretical and the pragmatic aspects of theatrical productions. Opportunities are available for the theatre student to work with the staff on an individual basis both in main stage productions and in studio presentations.

Students who wish to major in Theatre Arts should maintain a GPA of 2.7 in all Theatre courses and achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Majors are expected to participate in four Department of Theatre Arts productions, with at least one as a performer and one in a non-performing support role (crew, design, management).

Program and Course Listings



    The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:


    The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.


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