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At the end of the day, the quality of our program ultimately relies of the quality and hard work of the students who are in the department. If you attend Jewell, you will join some outstanding peers who work hard each and every day to improve their individual and ensemble skills and become the best musicians they can be.

Some of our current students have taken time to share their experiences at Jewell.

Cory Reames
– B.S. Music History
"The Music History emphasis at the undergraduate level has allowed me to explore the cultural, sociological, and historical events that have shaped Western music over the past half millennium. In addition to lectures and concerts, I have had the opportunity to study abroad and take tutorials which have helped to reinforce my musical study at William Jewell College. Unlike the more prevalent emphases such as Music Education or Music Performance, Music History is a discipline that focuses on the relationship between the cultural and musical evolutions of the last five centuries. Because of this unique relationship, the course-load requires vast and thorough reading coupled with tests and essays that demand attention to detail and a thoughtful perspective. All  this academic work prepares one, in most cases, for graduate-level work that explores period music performance as either a performer or  a conductor. In addition to the opportunity to further explore musicology, the Music History emphasis lends itself to enabling one to continue education beyond even the graduate level and prepare one for a doctorate level education with even more focus in a specific musicological area. Nevertheless, my post-graduation options appear to be limitless, keeping me strongly connected with academia."
Meryl Terry
– B.A . Music
"I’m entering my senior year this fall, and I think my college path thus far has been fairly typical. I’ve switched majors around once or twice. Ok, five times. But three of the five were switching back to the same major, so I’m not sure that counts. I had to try on some other degrees to see which was the right fit. For me, a Bachelor of Arts in Music ended up being just right.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at William Jewell turned out to be a good solution for me mostly because of my personality, my interests and my career goals. I am a musician -I have never loved doing anything more, and after attending Jewell for three years, I have learned what fun it can be to study with people who feel the same way. However, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this passion. I enjoy learning all about music: its theory, history, technique, etc. Unfortunately, this made choosing an emphasis difficult. Jewell gives multiple options in the Bachelor of Science area: teaching, history, composition, church music, Oxbridge Music, theory, performance, and business (I think that’s all of them!). I bounced around between Oxbridge Music, music theory and a biology major (for a day). The trouble was, I didn’t want my life’s work to require teaching, composing, or performing professionally, so where did that leave me? I didn’t know which emphasis to choose. Eventually, I realized that I didn’t want to be a professional musician, but I still wanted to keep the music major because it’s simply what I love.

That’s why I landed on the Bachelor of Arts degree  and have been very happy that I did. The Bachelor of Arts offers a well-rounded assortment of classes for the true music-lover. You are required certain amounts of hours in theory, history, business, performance, conducting, and keyboarding, but in so doing learn a little about a lot and don’t have to narrow your view down too much. Plus, this has allowed me to take some classes in other departments, namely science, as I have decided to apply for medical school in the fall. William Jewell’s small class size, small student-to-teacher ratio, and Bachelor of Arts in Music degree have allowed me to continue to do what I am most passionate about, while still entertaining my other interests and discovering an alternative career goal as well. My gained music knowledge has already come in handy as a professional musician (performance gigs on the side and teaching the occasional piano lesson), as I know it will continue to do so in the future. I’m thankful to have been fortunate enough to study a subject that will enrich my life for years to come."
Caitlin Flebbe
– B.S. Vocal Music Education
"From my first day of classes at Jewell my freshman year, I have been immersed in music classes. The fact that Jewell allows students to explore their major while taking core curriculum classes is very beneficial. Because we are able to get a grasp on (or re-affirm our knowledge of) basics such as theory, ear training, and keyboard harmony, we are well-equipped to move through the rest of the music curriculum with confidence. Our music history classes are unmatched, and the music software courses are extremely helpful, especially when we compose music for classes such as conducting and choral arranging. Private voice lessons are another essential part of our music education degrees. Vocal (and instrumental) juries at the end of each semester are a critical and useful time for the Department of Music, as faculty are able to provide feedback to each student upon hearing his or her solo performance. The William Jewell College Department of Music, along with our wonderful Education Department, does everything they can to make sure we feel prepared to take on our final tasks of student teaching and give a senior recital. I feel that I will be very well prepared to begin my own teaching experience when my days at Jewell come to a close. Not only is the curriculum well-balanced and thought-out, but  there is always someone to go to with a question or for a laugh, and that makes our department valuable in and of itself."
Kristen Walker – B.S. Music Composition
"As a composition student, I study the art and science of creating music that is functional, original, thoughtful and, most importantly, unique to my own voice. My degree requires me to take a variety of music classes that lay the groundwork for a solid understanding of music theory and history, which are general classes that I take with all the other music students. I also take classes on composition, counterpoint, instrumentation, choral arranging and one-on-one composition lessons in which I receive in-depth guidance on whatever project I am working on. My favorite part of each semester is the Composition Recital the department puts on in which we get to premiere our works with the help of our friends and some very kind faculty members! Nothing is more rewarding or educational than getting to hear your piece performed. You may hate it or love it, but either way, it’s a big eye-opener. I am so grateful that at Jewell I don’t feel pressured to write in a style that I don’t like, yet I am challenged to write for instruments and in genres that I wouldn’t normally attempt. I pave my own path for my learning, while my professors offer me guidance and support. The art of composing music is a lifelong journey that involves a lot of experimenting and a lot of failures. But when you write that one piece that gives chills to everyone who hears it, you remember why it’s all worth it. When I leave Jewell, I am confident that I will be well equipped for whatever the competitive world of composition throws at me, and that I will find a place for my music because it is unique and it is mine."
Mary Jamerson
- B.S. Music Performance
"As a flute performance major at William Jewell, I have many opportunities both to perform and to learn more about music by taking classes, hearing others perform and, of course, performing myself. I take all the courses required of all music majors from ear training to music history, and I focus on performance with courses like flute pedagogy, as well as private instruction. These courses are packed not just with information, but with experience. One of the most important parts of my education at Jewell has been the opportunity to use the knowledge I receive in my courses. Practical application of theory, history and technology are essential to my career in music. The opportunities for performing are numerous: I have had the opportunity to play with almost every musical ensemble at William Jewell, from the Liberty Symphony Orchestra to the Concert Choir, as well as other ensembles in the community. Through the William Jewell College Department of Music , I have found groups around the area to play for or with, as well as began a flute studio through the Community School of Music. The opportunities are abundant, and the atmosphere is friendly and encouraging. The Department of Music is its own little community within the larger Jewell community."

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