2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Theatre and Dance

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Department Chair: Peter Davis, M.Mus.

Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Applied Music: Donald St. Jean, D.M.A.

Coordinator of Theater Program: Thomas Gleadow
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 critically, 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 high quality, diverse education in music that includes excellence in performance, historical perspective and knowledge of the art form.
  2. To offer a sufficient number of performance and learning opportunities for students to develop their craft.
  3. To provide a learning environment that will assist Music Education students in meeting Rhode Island PK-12 certification criteria.
  4. To provide foundational support and training that will enable Music Education students to contribute positively to the world through the vocation of teaching.
  5. To provide a comprehensive learning environment that assists students in developing knowledge and skills that exceed the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  6. To develop knowledge and facility in the use of the current technology in music.

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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