All students, including those who are not Music majors, are welcome to take private lessons in voice, piano, an instrument, or applied composition. All students are also welcome to join the Choral Union, A Cappella Choir (audition required), Chamber Singers (audition required), Gospel Choir, Symphonic Winds, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Incoming students who can read both treble and bass clefs fluently are advised to begin with Music Theory I. If they cannot, they are advised to begin with Music Fundamentals. A thorough review of all essential elements of music fundamentals is presented during the first four weeks of the Music Theory I course. This review is followed by an exam based on the material presented. The grade earned on that exam determines whether a student is then advised to continue in Music Theory I or to continue with a course in Music Fundamentals.
Students not majoring in Music may apply a maximum of four credit hours in applied music and/or a music ensemble as course hours required for general electives.
Music minors may apply a maximum of eight credit hours in applied music and four ensemble credit hours to the total degree program. Achieving more credit hours of applied study and participation in ensembles is encouraged for all students.
Students are not permitted to study with a teacher who is not part of the faculty at the college. Two unexcused absences from applied private study will result in the student being dropped from the course with a failing grade. All music students are required to attend 80% of the musical programs produced by the Music Department.
Throughout the time of study at the college, all Music majors are required to attend the weekly departmental Music Performance Seminar. This is a performance practice seminar where Music majors perform materials being worked on in their applied lessons.