Department of Music
Unlike most majors on campus, we do our own academic advising for Music Majors in the department. This means you will have an "Academic Advising Hold" on your records until after you have completed an advising appointment with your advisor. Here's what you need to do...
What if there's a problem?
If there's an advising issue that your Academic Advisor can't help you with, there are two designated Master Advisors in the department, Prof. Allsen, and Prof. Ellenwood. We can usually sort things out, so come talk with one of us. Note that Music Majors who are transferring in from elsewhere should always make an appointment with Prof. Allsen sometime early in their first semester in any case. There are nearly always issues to work out for transfer students.
What if my classes aren't showing up where I expect them to on my Academic Advising Report?
Music Major AAR's (especially the various BM degrees) are among the most complicated on campus, and WINS nearly always needs some "personalization" (fixing) in order to get things in the right slots. All Music Majors should check in with Prof. Allsen sometime in their junior year to make sure everything is on track. He'll do the final fixes after you apply for graduation, and will check it one more time when you come in for an exit interview during your last semester here. He does this by communicating with the Registrar's office. Fixes to Music Major AARs typically include:
In general, if you are on track with the advising grid for your major, you are in good shape. [Special note to Music Education students: If there are problems with the "PI34" section (i.e., those general classes required of all students seeking licensure), you need to check in with the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction to get those fixed.]
What if I'm a Music Minor?
Music Minors do not need to formally advise with the Music Dept. - you do your advising with others in your Major, whether that's at the Advising Center or in the department of your Major. However, you should be aware of the Minor Requirements. At some point, you should also check in with Prof. J. Michael Allsen, who serves as the Minor Advisor, just to make sure you are on track. At some point, you should also check in with Prof. J. Michael Allsen, who serves as the Minor Advisor, just to make sure you are on track.
[Special note to transfer students completing a Music Minor: We occasionally see students who are transferring in classes that complete most or even all of our requirements for the Minor. Be aware, however, that in addition to completing the academic requirements for the Minor, even when you are transferring these credits from another school, you must complete at least 1/4 of the minor (6 credits) here at UW-Whitewater. If you have issues relating to transfer credits, see Prof. Allsen.]