DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Faculty: Janet Barrett, Kirby Bock, Jack Cassingham, Roger Coppenbarger,
Robin Fellows, George Ferencz, Frank Hanson, Glenn Hayes, Jo Ann Hobbs,
Linda Hurstad, Howard Inglefield, Harry Johansen, Sam McClure, Carlene
McMonagle, Joyce Ryan, John Tuinstra, Dennis Wadsworth, John Webb, Stephen
Wiest, and Lowell Youngs (Chairperson).
Through its Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree programs the
Music Department offers its majors high-quality instruction and
performance opportunities to prepare them for careers and/or advanced
study in such areas as public school music teaching, performance, music
theory or musicology, and studio teaching, as well as for the wide range
of opportunities that exist in the music field. By completing a Minor in
Music, students can gain not only personal satisfaction but knowledge and
experience that can be of value as they pursue a chosen career.
The Music Department sponsors a wide variety of performing opportunities
that are open to all university students. Vocal groups include Concert
Choir, University Chorus, Women's Chorale, Jazz/Show Choir, and Opera
Workshop. Instrumental groups include Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert
Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, Brass Choir, and Flute Choir. All
provide a rich and varied musical experience and the opportunity to meet
and perform with talented musicians from the campus and the community.
If you are interested in majoring in music, write the department
chairperson for entrance requirements and audition dates.
The UW-Whitewater Music Department is a fully accredited member of the
National Association of Schools of Music.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES
Students wishing to be accepted officially as majors in the Music
Department must demonstrate by audition an acceptable level of performance
in their primary performing area. This should be done prior to the initial
registration, if possible. If not, the initial registration as a music
major will be considered conditional pending the successful presentation
of the entrance audition. Incoming freshmen are also asked to take a short
diagnostic test in music theory. Information regarding audition
requirements is available from the Music Department Office.
Students who exhibit an unusually strong background in theory and music
literature may, through examination, be exempted from introductory courses
in those areas. Waiver of requirements through such means, however, does
not reduce the total credits required for graduation, nor, except in
unusual circumstances, the required credits in the music major.
All Bachelor of Music majors are required to appear on a minimum number of
student recitals. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music degree must
present a Senior Recital in their Primary Performance Area.
Attendance at the weekly convocations and seminars of the Music Department
is required of all music majors. Music minors are strongly urged to attend
as well. These convocations provide opportunities for students to perform
in and to listen to student recitals.
All music majors and minors are required to attend a minimum number of
other recitals and concerts each semester. Students are informed early in
each semester about specific requirements for that semester. The required
number of semesters is the same as the number of semesters of required
primary applied music study in the various music major and minor programs.
Terminology and Policies Concerning Applied Music Study
The term Primary Performing Area refers to the student's main performing
medium--the one in which he/she must pass an entrance audition in order to
be accepted as a music major, will receive instruction, and will be
expected to maintain satisfactory progress over the course of study. For
private study in the Primary Performing Area the Level series of courses
(150-160, 150-260, 150-360, and 150-460, for example, in the case of
instrumental instruction) will be exclusively used.
Ordinarily a music major will have only one Primary Performing Area, and
will not change that area during the course of study. Such a change is
strongly discouraged after the first year of study and, in any event, must
have the consent of a committee consisting of (a) the two private
instructors (b) the appropriate coordinator(s) in applied music study, and
(c) the department chairperson.
In the event that a student is permitted to have two Primary Performing
Areas, all entrance, study and performance requirements for both must be
All other applied music study, whether class or private, required or
elective, will be referred to as Secondary Study. In the case of private
instruction, the course numbers 150-126, 150-127, 150-128, and 150-129
will be used to cover such study.
For all private applied music instruction, one-half hour of private
instruction per week will be taken for a single credit of study, with a
maximum of one hour of instruction for two or more credits. Five hours of
individual practice per week are required for each credit taken. All
private applied students will perform an end-of-semester jury examination.
The final grade in private applied instruction is determined by the
formula: 1/4 jury grade and 3/4 instructor's grade. When the instructor's
grade is "F" the final grade is "F".
Writing Proficiency Requirement
The faculty of the Music Department has approved Music History 150-246 as
the course in which all music majors will satisfy this University
requirement. A research paper written in conjunction with the course must
be submitted to the department Writing Committee. Students whose papers
are not approved by the Committee will be given an opportunity to submit a
revised version by an established deadline. Students who fail to submit
an acceptable paper by this deadline must take English 680-370 to fulfill
the graduation requirements.
The Music Department Student Handbook contains more detailed instructions
and policies pertinent to the study of music and the fulfillment of
requirements for music degree programs. All music majors should
familiarize themselves with the contents of this handbook.
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