2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Theatre and Dance

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Department Chair: Lindsay Guarino, M.F.A

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

Coordinator of Music: Peter Davis, M. Mus.
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.


The Dance Program at Salve Regina University provides students with a curriculum to explore dance as a creative art form and as an intellectual pursuit. Through a comprehensive study of dance, including history, theory, criticism, technique, performance, and composition, students are invited to investigate the many ways that dance functions in a society and cultivates a nuanced development of lifelong skills in the individual. Dance offers a pathway for each student to foster aptitudes for success: self-confidence, self-discipline, creative problem solving, sensitivity to others and perseverance. Through each course, performance, and outreach experience, students collaborate, think critically, take risks, and are encouraged to be their most authentic selves while honoring and appreciating the creative spirit of each individual.

Both the B.A. and the minor in dance require that students work closely with dance faculty to choose courses and design an educational experience relative to their own strengths and interests. Unique features of the program include a comprehensive study of American jazz dance, an emphasis on jazz and contemporary styles in dance productions, outreach experiences that empower and serve the Salve community and beyond, and a steady influx of guest artists that offer real world connections and fresh perspectives. These aspects compliment a Salve Regina liberal arts education and inspire connections across disciplines, allowing each student to carve out an individualized career pathway for future success.

The program goals/objectives are as follows:

  1. To contribute to the culture of the Salve Regina and regional community, using dance to share perspectives, challenge perceptions, and celebrate humanity.
  2. To offer courses that are current and varied, embracing the diverse styles and cultures that represent 21st century dance in America while providing a comprehensive study of jazz dance.
  3. To provide instruction in the dance studio that is technically sound, integrates history and theory, and aligns with professional standards.
  4. To give students opportunities in choreography, performance, and production where they develop artistry while gaining skills necessary for employment.
  5. To nurture students to be forward-thinking, creative, and compassionate through processes that foster critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

The student learning outcomes for dance are as follows:

  1. Students will become knowledgeable in the histories, theories, and practices that have shaped dance with a specific focus on the trajectory of jazz dance from its roots to its many manifestations today.
  2. Students will utilize critical thought and analysis, both verbally and in writing, to communicate ideas about dance.
  3. Students will demonstrate facility in a range of dance styles and techniques, especially jazz, jazz-influenced, and rhythm-based contemporary styles.
  4. Students will demonstrate leadership through collaborative processes that involve service to the community with commitment to the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, Women.
  5. Students will develop artistry by engaging in creative processes (specifically choreography and performance).

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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