* Lessons: register for the CRN with the student’s instrument/instructor. For pianists, R. Kent Cook; for vocalists, William Hudson. Lessons are 30 minutes.
** Music majors with sufficient piano skills may proficiency out of Keyboard Basics (MUS 100 A/B). Proficiency exams will be scheduled during Turning Titan: New Student Orientation.
If the student tests out of MUS 100A and 100B, they will take MUS 205 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 207 (keyboard majors) in the fall semester, and MUS 206 (non-keyboard majors) or MUS 208 (keyboard majors) in the Spring Semester.
Each student must enroll in one of the above ensembles for a minimum of 4 semesters during their college career. Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of class. Depending on audition placement, students may need to implement an alternate class schedule. If the student is a BA in Music (s)he must keep the following schedule times open until after ensemble assignments have been posted:
String Instrumentalists: Orchestra Winds and Percussion: Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble Vocalists: Collegiate Choir and University Choir
Pianists who also play an orchestral instrument may audition for placement in one of the instrumental ensembles. Pianists may also audition for Collegiate Choir or University Choir. After the first year, pianists are required to enroll in MUS 031 – Piano Accompanying, for at least 4 semesters. This course fulfills the ensemble requirement for those semesters.
M 4:00 - 6:00 PM
W 4:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Wind EnsembleMUS 022
MWF 12:30 - 1:50 PM
Symphonic WindsMUS 024
T 4:05 - 5:35 PM
R 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Collegiate ChoirMUS 023
MWF 4:00 - 5:15 PM
R 5:30 - 6:30 PM
University ChoirMUS 026
MWF 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Students may participate in a second large ensemble listed above, as an elective or for X-credit.
Students may also audition for these small ensembles listed below, as electives or X-credit, in addition to the major ensemble:
Jazz EnsembleMUS 034
T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM
Jazz Lab Band and Combos*MUS 035
M 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Chamber SingersMUS 031-6
T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM
Unlicensed SyncopationMUS 175
T R2:35 - 3:50 PM
*The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with NO audition.
Due to the sequential nature of the music major, study abroad is not recommended during the first two years. Students interested in studying abroad should consult with the Director of the School of Music to decide on a case-by-case basis which semester(s) would be most appropriate.
Additional Information for All Majors
Music majors pursuing the BM degree or the BME degree are allowed to take as many as 5.5 units per term, and music majors pursuing the BA degree are allowed to take as many as 4.5 units per term; however, first-year students should try to avoid taking the maximum number of units, particularly during their first term.
It is suggested that first-year students not take more than two general education courses, including a Gateway course during a given semester.
Music majors fulfill the CHC general education requirement through a course in the major.
MUS 227 (0.5 unit) and MUS 309 (1 unit) are required for BM, but not BA students, but are available if the student is interested. Note: MUS 227 is restricted to BM/BME or consent of instructor. MUS 309 hasa prerequisite: 103 or consent of the instructor. Offered in alternate years.
Music majors practice between 7 and up to 21 hours per week for this amount of credit. Therefore, the total number of units does not necessarily reflect the actual extent of the workloads. All music students, both majors and minors, must complete one semester of Colloquia in Music (MUS 14X) and a requisite number of semesters of Experiencing Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (Music 15X). Because first-year students are often unsure of which degree program they will ultimately pursue, every music major should be enrolled for these courses. Additionally, attendance at School of Music Convocations is strongly encouraged of music majors. Convocations, which are weekly departmental meetings, are scheduled for Thursdays, from 4:00 – 5:00. Therefore, it is important that music students not be scheduled for a course or another activity during this time.
First-year students who are pursuing the B.A. degree with a major in music are required to meet the same requirements as first-year students who are pursuing the B.M. degree with the exception of 30-minute lessons in place of 60-minute lessons. Upon permission of the applied instructor, B.A. degree candidates may take 60-minute lessons beginning in the second semester. Fees are accessed for lessons that are beyond what is required of the degree (Refer to IWU Catalog, page 23, Financial Information).
First-year students who elect to minor in music are required to meet the same requirements as first-year students who are pursuing the BM degree with the exception of 100A and 100B (Keyboard Basics) and level of applied music (MUS 100 instead of MUS 181/183)
Music majors with sufficient piano skills may proficiency out of Keyboard Basics (MUS 100 A/B). Proficiency exams will be scheduled during Turning Titan: New Student Orientation.
First-year students should look carefully at the ensemble schedule (refer to Ensemble Information) before scheduling a General Education course.
Non-music majors who are the recipients of a Jennings Scholarship must enroll each term in a major ensemble and applied minor lessons (MUS 100); these are the conditions of this scholarship (refer to Scholarships & Aid Section).
Any student at the University may enroll for private instruction in music; there is an additional fee for this instruction for non-music majors who do not have a Jennings Scholarship. Also, ensembles are open to any student at the University by audition. Audition information is available in the Music Office in the School of Music (ext. 3061).
All first-year music majors are assigned a faculty advisor, who is a full-time music faculty member. If you should have an advising question, please feel free to call your music mentor. To reach a music mentor, call the Music Office at ext. 3061.