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Music at UIW

The mission of the Music Department at the University of the Incarnate Word is threefold: to develop skilled musicians by educating the minds, ears, and souls of our music students within the liberal arts tradition; to serve the general student population by enriching the CORE curriculum; and to enhance the musical offerings in the UIW and San Antonio communities. Music students at UIW receive comprehensive instruction in theoretical, historical and stylistic perspectives, and are provided the opportunity for training in music technology. The Music faculty themselves are active performers, composers, clinicians, and scholars who bring practical experience and insight into the classroom. Students receive ample performance opportunities through ensemble membership and studio/seminar classes. In accordance with the mission of UIW, the music department encourages the development of musicians who are committed to serving the worldwide community with their art.

The BA in music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree offers a liberal arts education that prepares the student for graduate school in music and other fields. This degree may be combined with an emphasis in Performance (Vocal or Instrumental), or Composition and is also suitable for those wishing to double-major in music and another program.


(52-56 credit hours in music)
A. 34-38 credit hours of music theory and history:
MUSI 1100 Introduction to Aural Skills (if required)
MUSI 1300 Introduction to Music Theory (if required)
MUSI 1191 Aural Skills I
MUSI 1192 Aural Skills II
MUSI 2193 Advanced Aural Skills III
MUSI 2194 Advanced Aural Skills IV
MUSI 1321 Music Theory I
MUSI 1322 Music Theory II
MUSI 2323 Music Theory III
MUSI 3324 Music Theory IV
MUSI 1111 Keyboard Skills I
MUSI 1121 Keyboard Skills II
MUSI 2110 Keyboard Skills III
MUSI 3341 Music History I
MUSI 3342 Music History II
MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music
MUSI 4323 Form and Analysis

B. 18 credit hours of applied music:
12 credit hours of voice or principal instrument (MUAP)
6 credit hours of major ensembles: Chorale, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble,
Jazz Ensemble

C. Free electives, 25-27 credit hours

Additional requirements for an Emphasis in Performance
(56-60 credit hours in music):
4 additional credit hours in principal instrument (MUAP – consult the Music department website to find out which instruments are currently accepted as principal instruments)
2 credit hours of piano (or another instrument for piano majors) (MUAP)
MUSI 40XX Recital, performed on the principal instrument; MUSI 3361 Vocal Techniques & Diction (vocal performance only)

Additional requirements for an Emphasis in Composition (76-80 credit hours in music):
MUSI 3327 Counterpoint
MUST 2325 Studio Arranging
MUSI 3323 Orchestration
MUSI 4344 Conducting

12 credit hours of Private Instruction: Composition (MUAP 2256, 2257, 3256,
3257, 4256, 4257)
2 credit hours of a secondary instrument (MUAP Piano recommended)
Recital of compositions.


Up to: $4000 per year for music majors, $800 per year for music minors.

Contact Mr. Roland Sul, 210-829-3855 or visit for detailed information.

Please note that you will receive an email with a link and password to the Music Theory Diagnostic Test once you have submitted your completed Audition Information Form.

Music Faculty

William Gokelman, Professor and Chair (M.M., Westminster Choir College; Choirs, Conducting, Vocal Coaching, Piano)
Deborah Bussineau-King, Professor (M.M., Southwest Texas State University; Voice, Opera, Vocal Pedagogy & Diction, Women in Music)
Dr. Ken Metz, Professor (Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Theory, Aural Skills, Composition)
Dr. Janice Dvorkin, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Pace University; Music Therapy, Psychology of Music)
Dr. Kevin Salfen, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of North Texas; Music History, World Music, American Popular Music, Jazz History, Music Appreciation)
Jim Waller, Instructor (M.S., Indiana University; Music Industries Studies, Jazz Ensemble)
Ferd Vollmar, Instructor (M.M., University of Houston; Music Education, Bands, Woodwind & Brass Methods)

Terance Frazor (Orchestra, Aural Skills, Counterpoint)
Mark Pomerantz (Theory, Aural Skills)
Meredith Ridgway (Piano, Class Piano)
Zachary Ridgway (Piano)
Ray Tamez (Guitar, Class Guitar)
Joe Gonzalez (Guitar)
Steve Girko (Clarinet)
Jeanne Gnecco (Flute)
Richard Kilmer (Violin, Concertmaster)
Daniel Kobialka (Violin)
Rachel Ferris (Harp)
John Godoy (Percussion, Percussion Methods)
Mark Hill (Trombone)
Larry Loden (Saxophone)
James Syler (Composition)
Basel Sarweh (Cello)
Gerald Schoelzel (Viola)
John Carroll (Trumpet)
Janet Tracy (Tuba)
John Boyer (Voice)


Prof. William Gokelman, Chair: 210-829-3848,
Roland Sul M.A., Secretary: 210-829-3855,

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