The Department of Music offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.
Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree. Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.
Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or theory.
Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.
The gateway to pursuing a music degree is through auditioning for and being accepted into an applied faculty member’s private studio.
Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.
Students should be prepared to play two separate auditions. The preliminary audition will take place during the scheduled music major audition dates. For the preliminary audition students should prepare either their All-State or All-District audition material or appropriate solo literature that will showcase their technical and musical skills.
We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.
Graduate Auditions for Master of Music Degree or Certificate in Advanced Performance
The choice to pursue musical studies at the graduate level is an important decision in the continuing development of a musician's skill. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and encourage you to make careful preparation for your audition/interview. This process is vital to your success.
Percussionists should be prepared to perform an etude that demonstrates their level of musical and technical ability on snare drum (rudimental and concert style), keyboard percussion (2 and 4 mallet marimba), and timpani (four drums) for the audition.