Department of Music | Briar Cliff University

Department of Music

About our Department

The Department of Music seeks to provide a means for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal arts education. With an annual schedule of more than 30 public presentations and an accomplished artist faculty, our department exemplifies the unity of musicianship and educational practice needed for success in the real world.

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Jun 8, 2020

Students Receive Program Awards and Honors Recognition

Nov 15, 2019

BCU Music Department presents “A Briar Cliff Christmas”

Oct 4, 2019

Briar Cliff Music Department presents Faculty Recital – Jeremy Owens

Sep 30, 2019

The Briar Cliff Singers Present “A Soulful, Caring Community”

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MUSC 114 - Music Theory I
MUSC 114L - Music Theory Lab I
MUSC 115 - Music Theory II
MUSC 115L - Music Theory Lab II
MUSC 125 - American Popular Music (Online)
MUSC 220 - Music Appreciation
MUSC 225 - One World: Music of the World's Peoples
MUSC 247 - Music History and Literature I
MUSC 248 - Music History and Literature II
MUSC 250 - Applied Organ Lessons
MUSC 255 - Applied Piano Lessons
MUSC 260 - Applied Voice Lessons
MUSC 314 - Music Theory III
MUSC 314L - Music Theory Lab III
MUSC 315 - Music Theory IV
MUSC 315L - Music Theory Lab IV
MUSC 335 - Music for Elementary Teacher
MUSC 340 - Piano Pedagogy
MUSC 345 - Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School
MUSC 437 - Conducting I
MUSC 438 - Conducting II
MUSC 439 - Choral Procedures
MUSC 440 - Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School
MUSC 450 - Applied Organ Lessons II
MUSC 455 - Applied Piano Lessons II
MUSC 460 - Applied Voice Lessons II
MUSC 48M - Chamber Choir
MUSC 50M - Cliff Singers
MUSC 55M - Jazz Ensemble
MUSC IS - Independent Study


Jeremy Owens

Jeremy Owens
Associate Professor of Music

Richard Steinbach

Richard Steinbach
Professor of Music; Chairperson, Department of Music

Jamie Kelley
Director of Choral Activities
(712) 279-5548

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Melanie Krieps Mergen

“Now that I’m in a graduate program for writing, I’m realizing now more than ever how outstanding the Modern Languages department is,” says Melanie. “My time as an English major at Briar Cliff gave me the foundation I needed to hit the ground running.”

Melanie Krieps Mergen

English and Music

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