The mission of the Department of Music is to provide a quality-learning environment for students from the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College service area and beyond. The programs focus on close personal attention for each student from a well-qualified music faculty in modern facilities. The intent of the program is to aid students who wish to pursue graduate studies or move straight into professional careers. Furthermore, the mission is to simultaneously provide many quality performance experiences through numerous outreach programs.
Furthermore, the Department of Music affords opportunities for the general college student to participate in performing ensembles, to study voice or an instrument privately (applied lessons) or in groups, and to enroll in music courses as part of the University core curriculum.
Since the University of Rio Grande has a policy of open-admissions, all who apply are accepted into the music program. However, the prospective student seeking admission as a music major is required to take the URG Music Theory Placement Examination to assess his/her music theory-aural training background. The results will determine whether the student is first placed into a Fundamentals course or directly into Music Theory I and Aural Training I. This initial assessment measure is the first of several which all students majoring in music will undergo throughout their college careers at URG. New students are encouraged to contact the Music Department Coordinator in advance of their first semester for advice on how to prepare for these placement exams.