2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 28, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School of Performing Arts

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David Reynolds, Director
School of Performing Arts
Lincoln Music Hall 204, Box 2212




Don Crowe, Laura Diddle, Anthony Lis, David Reynolds, Emily Toronto, John Walker

Associate Professor

John Brawand, Aaron Ragsdale, Michael Walsh, Tammy Yonce

Assistant Professors

Andrew Robinette, Jacob Wallace


Yiqun Chen, Kevin Kessler

Theatre & Dance


John D. Ackman, Corey Shelsta

Associate Professors

Lonnie Wilburn, William Wood

Assistant Professor

Melissa Hauschild-Mork

School of Performing Arts


Charles Canaan, John Colson, Warren Hatfield, Corliss Johnson, James L. Johnson, James McKinney, Raymond Peterson, David Piersel, Darwin Walker


The School of Performing Arts at South Dakota State University fosters and provides opportunities for creativity, performance, and both artistic and intellectual understanding through the study and practice of performing arts within contemporary and historical cultures.  Mindful of the University’s Land Grant mission, we strive to provide outreach-engagement that creates meaningful connections among students, the University, and the broader community.

Program Objectives

  • To serve the university, state, and region by delivering approved and well-defined undergraduate curricula in music, theater, and dance;
  • To engage in critical and analytical thought in order to create an informed understanding and enduring curiosity;
  • To promote individual growth that nurtures the development of the whole person;
  • To practice artistry in order to enable appreciation and expression through creativity and innovation;
  • To cultivate global awareness and respect for differing perspectives; and
  • To provide enrichment by connecting people through engagement, service, and collaboration within and beyond the University.




Music Program Application Requirements

  1. Admission as a music major in any of the music degree programs requires the successful completion of an audition in the student’s major area of applied instruction.
  2. Music majors in all degree programs must choose one area of applied instruction in which to specialize. Further, students must meet the applied proficiency standards of the program in that area. To that end, students must:
    1. successfully complete a jury examination each semester.
    2. apply for and be granted approval to advance to upper level applied study (300-400 levels).
    3. complete a minimum of 6 hours of upper level (300-400) applied study
  3. Piano proficiency is required of all majors. Several approaches to meeting the requirements are available. See the Student Handbook published and available from the program for more specifics. The piano proficiency must be passed before the senior recital may be scheduled.
  4. Voice or instrumental proficiency is required of all keyboard majors.
  5. Ensemble Requirements:
    1. All music majors must participate in at least one major ensemble each semester they are enrolled as a regular university student (Internship and Student Teaching semesters excepted). See the Student Handbook for more details.
    2. Participation in small ensembles is strongly encouraged for all majors and minors.
  6. A minimum of five pedagogy courses is required for students in the B.M.E program, and while the required pedagogies develop proficiencies within the areas of specialization for B.M.E. students, a functional knowledge of instrumental or vocal techniques outside the specialty is also essential. For instrumental B.M.E. majors, this must include one semester each of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion pedagogies. Six semesters will assure the broadest preparation through multiple levels of woodwind and brass pedagogy. In addition, instrumental B.M.E. majors must take MUS 270/ 271 general voice for instrument majors. For vocal B.M.E. majors, the four required semesters of vocal pedagogy are augmented by MUS 270/271 general instrument for voice majors.
  7. Recommendations for enrolling in student teaching will be issued by the Music Education Coordinator following an interview with the student and his/her advisor.
  8. Recommendations for music entrepreneurship students wishing to enroll for the Internship experience must be issued by the program Coordinator.
  9. A senior recital is required of all music majors.
  10. Majors and minors must enroll for Recital Attendance (MUS 185) each semester they are enrolled for applied music lessons.


The Music program has full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music.

Facilities & Services

The School of Performing Arts enjoys excellent facilities including historic Lincoln Music Hall and the new, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The School of Performing Arts provides students the opportunity to explore the widest variety of musical experiences and thinking through academic study, performance, student organizations, and travel. All SDSU students are welcomed to participate in music ensembles, applied lessons, music appreciation classes, and in some music literature and history offerings. The School of Performing Arts also sponsors several clubs and organizations.

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma (Music)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)


The holistic program embraces many genres of dance to include: social, multi-cultural, creative movement, dance for the musical theatre and jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance techniques. The variety ensures that all students no matter their history or training will find opportunities for growth and transformation in the program. For more information contact Assistant Professor Melissa Hauschild-Mork, Coordinator of Dance.


With three degree options, a marching band, three choirs, three concert bands, a symphony orchestra, and two jazz ensembles, there is a musical outlet for everyone in the program. The program focuses its attention on undergraduate learning, research, creative activity, and service to the discipline of music. For more information contact Professor David Reynolds, Director of the School of Performing Arts.


There are several major, experimental and student productions each year. Students may be cast in or assist with a production. University credit may be earned. Summer theatre also offers undergraduate credit through Prairie Repertory Theatre. For more information contact Professor J.D. Ackman, Director of Theatre.

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