Resources for Current Music Students

Ensembles are for Everyone

We offer four different levels of participation in music, and you don’t have to be a music major or minor to participate. In fact, all ensembles and theatre productions are open to students of all majors!

Student practices the violin in a practice room.

Applied Music Lessons

Whether you’re a music major or not, you are eligible to take applied music lessons on campus. In fact, applied instruction is not primarily for the purpose of earning credits toward a degree, but rather to develop musical talent under the care of a skilled teacher.

With that said, the study of applied music is a central feature of all music curricula and integral to our degree program. Private lessons, typically one per week, must be supplemented with daily practice. Depending on your performance area and the level of your work, the outside practice requirement may be quite substantial. There is no substitute for regular, diligent practice.

We offer lessons in all areas, including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, voice, piano, composition, conducting, and music production. After you sign up for lessons, you’ll be assigned to a teacher on your specific instrument. From there, your teacher will contact you to arrange the specific time of your weekly meeting.

Music majors and minors will also attend a weekly studio class in addition to their private one-on-one lesson.

Lesson Options

Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for lessons at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester to ensure they are rolled into the larger tuition bill and financial aid distribution.

One-credit lessons equal one hour a week of private study, and are charged a $850 fee. Half-credit lessons equal 30 minutes per week of private study, and are charged a $425 fee.

Student practicing drumline

Practice Expectations

If you’re studying in two applied areas, you need to designate one as the primary area. Instructors will expect a minimum of one hour of daily practice in the primary area and a half hour daily in the secondary area. Those who arrive at a lesson without having practiced may be required to spend the instruction time practicing independently.

At the beginning of each semester, you are encouraged to sign up for a reserved practice room time. You may sign up for one hour per day of practice room time for each applied lesson taken. The student signed up for a particular time has priority.

You may use any empty practice room, but are expected to relinquish it to any student signed up for that time, provided he or she claims the room within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled hour. Be sure to take all personal belongings with you when you leave the practice room.

Donor-Funded Scholarships

A limited number of scholarship awards are made each year to talented music students who show promise of achievement. To be eligible, applicants must have satisfactory academic records, demonstrate active participation in the department, and meet the specific scholarship criteria.

Application is made annually through our Donor Funded Scholarships Program for traditional undergraduate students. To request information on the application timeline and eligibility, please contact