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School of Visual and Performing Arts


The School of Visual and Performing Arts provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education infused with the principles of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Whether in art, music, or theatre,  students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a wide range of career options as well as the possibility of graduate study in their particular field.

In addition to the broad-based education and sense of ethics that numerous employers in the business and service sectors desire in recruits, the School of Visual and Performing Arts offers programs focused on specific professional skills in music, performance, theatre, teaching, graphic design, studio arts, art and business and in the therapeutic dimensions of art and music therapy. 

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School of Visual and Performing Arts Majors and Minors

Art Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Art with concentrations in:
Art Therapy

Art Education (PreK-8 & 5-12) or (PreK-12)
Graphic Design
Studio Art




Careers for these art majors include:

Advertising, business, graphic design, museum/archives, art therapy, studio art,
elementary and/or secondary art education, and continued studies in graduate programs.

Music Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy




Careers for these music majors include:

Elementary and secondary music education, private lessons, music therapist,music
librarian, piano and vocal performing, and continued studies in graduate programs. 


Fifth-Year Options
  • Studio Art
  • Education with a concentration in Kodaly-Based Music Education
  • Certificate in Music & Imagery (Music Therapy)


Contacts for the School of Visual and Performing Arts

 

Luke Buffenmyer, Director of Art  
(508) 849-3464      
lbuffenmyer@annamaria.edu
Roger Greene, Director of Music
(508) 849-3452        
rgreene@annamaria.edu
Alice Lambert, Director of Graduate Art 
(508) 849-3442
alambert@annamaria.edu

 

Art Education


Bachelor of Arts

The Massachusetts Department of Education approved the program for Initial License as Teacher of Visual Art. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a career in teaching in the elementary, middle or high schools.


In addition to the College and Art core requirements, all Art Education majors must complete the following:

Methods and Materials for Teachers and Therapists
Intro to Sculpture & Pottery
Introduction to Teaching
Watercolor I or Oil Painting I
Printmaking
American Art
Art Education I
Art Education II
Teaching Non-Western Art
Child Development or Psychology of Adolescence
Developmental Disabilities or Psychology of Exceptional Child
Teaching Practicum Art
 

Minors in Art
Students interested in art who major in another field may minor in art. An art minor may be of particular interest to the Humanities major who wishes to engage in a creative endeavor, or the Business major who may find art and design skills an asset for a career in marketing, advertising, or public relations. A portfolio presentation of basic artistic skills is required to declare a minor in art. To earn a Minor in Arts, students must take the History of Arts and Ideas as well as complete an additional 18 credits that include Drawing I and II, Design and Color, and two studio electives.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ART STUDENTS
In addition to acceptance to Anna Maria College, Art students must be accepted into their chosen program by completing an art portfolio review. Please contact Gia Coleman at gcoleman@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3450 for further information or to schedule your portfolio review.


For more information, please contact:


Christine L. Holmes, Ed.D.

Teacher Licensure Officer
(508) 849-3418
cholmes@annamaria.edu

Music Therapy Major

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy toward preparation for Music Therapy Board Certification. The program has been approved for more than twenty-five years by the National Association of Schools of Music and by the American Music Therapy Association, the leading professional music therapy association in the country. It is one of only two accredited undergraduate music therapy programs in the New England region. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the board exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to receive their MT-BC credential (Music Therapist-Board Certified).


The four and a half year program prepares students for clinical practice as generalists immediately after graduation. In the first two years of the curriculum, students acquire their basic musical skills (theory, ear training, keyboard, guitar, voice, and percussion); learn clinical musicianship through hands-on class work; and begin clinical placements in music therapy. In the junior and senior years, music therapy coursework focuses on techniques, theory, and research. Concurrently, students complete 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practicum and internships in the community working with child, adult, and elderly clients with psychiatric illnesses, cognitive and physical disabilities, and medical conditions.

Admission to the Music Therapy Program
Students may begin their music therapy coursework in the first semester. However, students are not formally admitted into the music therapy program until the completion of the sophomore review process.

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
In addition to general College requirements, Music Therapy majors must complete:

Introduction to Psychology
Human Biology
Music Therapy Cooperative Internship
Senior Music Therapy Seminar
Music Theory I-IV
Ear Training I-IV
Piano Class I-IV
Individual Studio Instruction in Major Instrument
Ensemble
Music History I-II
Clinical Musicianship
Music Therapy I-IV
Music Therapy Field Placement I-III
Child Development
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Abnormal Psychology

Learning Outcomes for the Music Therapy Major (PDF)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS
In addition to acceptance to Anna Maria College, Music students must be accepted into their chosen program by completing an audition. Please contact Gia Coleman at gcoleman@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3450 for further information or to schedule your audition.
 
Fall Audition Day for Music Therapy Majors
Monday, November 18, 2013
The school of Visual and Performing Arts will hold an audition day for prospective students interested in auditioning for the Music Therapy program during the fall semester.  Please contact Amanda Elinoff to schedule an audition.  Students will have the opportunity to audition at any time during the spring semester as well by setting up an appointment.


For more information, please contact:


Lisa Summer, M.C.A.T., MT-BC

Director of Music Therapy
(508) 849-3454
lsummer@annamaria.edu

Studio Art Major

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The Studio Art major develops essential skills in different media through intensive studio courses, preparing students for a wide range of art-related career options or graduate study.

In addition to the College and Art core requirements, Studio Art majors must complete three, two-course studio sequences (including one 3-D medium) from the following:

Printmaking I & II
Oil Painting I & II
Watercolor I & II
Photography I & II
Intro to Sculpture/Pottery & Advanced Sculpture OR Advanced Pottery

Required courses:
Advanced Drawing
2 Art Electives or
6 credit art internship
 

Minors in Art
Students who major in other fields may minor in Art. An art minor may be of particular interest to any student who wishes to engage in a creative endeavor, or the Business major who may find art and design skills an asset for a career in marketing, advertising, or public relations. A portfolio presentation of basic artistic skills is required to declare a minor in art. To earn a Minor in Arts, students must take the following 18 credit course of study: History of Arts and Ideas I or II, Drawing for the non-major, or Drawing I , Fundamentals of Design and Fundamentals of Color, and two studio electives.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ART STUDENTS
In addition to acceptance to Anna Maria College, Art students must be accepted into their chosen program by completing an art portfolio review. Please contact Gia Coleman at gcoleman@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3450 for further information or to schedule your portfolio review.


For more information on the Studio Art Major, please contact:

Luke Buffenmyer, Director of Art  
(508) 849-3464      
lbuffenmyer@annamaria.edu


Alice Lambert, Director of Graduate Art 
(508) 849-3442
alambert@annamaria.edu

 



Music Education Major

The Music Education program, which is approved for Initial Licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Education (MADOE), prepares students to teach music at levels K-12. As part of their program, students observe and work side-by-side with professional music educators. Students must apply to the Teacher Licensure program and pass the Communications and Literacy portions Skills Portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).


Bachelor of Music in Music Education (K-12)
The Massachusetts Department of Education requires that candidates for teacher licensure in Music Education prepare for certification at all grade levels (K-12) in Vocal, Instrumental, and General Music.  Students must perform a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching, consisting of 150 hours at two of three levels (elementary, middle, high).

Required coursework includes:
Teaching Seminar
Introduction to MIDI Applications
American Government or other Division II class
Growth and Behavior or other Division III class
Performance Lab

Music Theory I-IV
Music History I-II
Ear Training and Musicianship I-IV
Form and Analysis
Piano Lessons
Survey of American Music, Jazz, and Non-Western Music
Orchestration
Brass Class
String Class
Woodwind Class
Percussion Class
Guitar Class
Voice Methods I & II
Individual Studio Instruction in Major Instrument
Ensembles

Music in the Elementary School
Music in the Secondary School

Choral Conducting
Instrumental Conducting
Introduction to Teaching
Education, Culture, and Society
Developmental Disabilities or Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Teaching Practicum
 
Learning Outcomes for Music Education Majors (PDF)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS
In addition to acceptance to Anna Maria College, Music students must be accepted into their chosen program by completing an audition. Please contact Gia Coleman at gcoleman@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3450 for further information or to schedule your audition.


For more information, please contact:

Ronald G. Sherwin
, Ph.D.
Division Chair of Visual & Performing Arts
(508) 849-3441
rsherwin@annamaria.edu