In addition to degree programs for music majors, the Bienen School of Music provides numerous opportunities for music study to nonmajors.
Academic music courses, private lessons, and eight performing ensembles are among the Bienen School’s diverse offerings for nonmajors.
Music lessons are available to nonmusic majors. New students interested in lessons for credit should attend the information meeting during Wildcat Welcome week. All students interested in lessons must sign up for an audition (see more information below). Variable fees apply to each course and are specified below.
Private lessons are offered for variable credit (0–.5). Acceptance for lessons will be based on audition results and instructor availability. Following the auditions, all students who auditioned will receive an email regarding acceptance into the program. Those accepted will receive registration information and a permission number. No lessons will be given until you are registered. Quarterly registration fees will be billed to the student’s account.
For questions about instrumental lessons, voice lessons, or guitar class, contact Elena Batman (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions about piano lessons, contact Karen Kan-Walsh (email@example.com).
Class Piano (GEN MUS 110)
Contact the group class coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for signup. Small group lessons are offered at beginner through intermediate level in the piano lab. Students receive six 50-minute group lessons starting during the third week of the quarter. Students enroll for 0 credit, and there is no evaluation at the end of the quarter.
Applied Piano Lessons (GEN MUS 115, 116)
Contact the program coordinator (email@example.com) for audition signup. Space for students new to the program is prioritized. Students receive eight 45-minute lessons plus two studio classes/special sessions. Daily practice of at least one hour is expected. Students enrolled for credit must perform a jury during Reading Week; students enrolled for 0 credit are required to perform in studio class at the end of the quarter. Piano small group/private combination noncredit lessons are offered at beginner through intermediate levels.
Instrumental (GEN MUS 120, 125, 130)
Students receive eight 30-minute lessons per quarter. Sections offered are subject to instructor availability.
Beginning Guitar Class (GEN MUS 121)
No audition required. Course meets twice weekly for eight weeks. Student must have a classical nylon-stringed acoustic guitar. Students who read music or who have previous experience playing guitar are encouraged to audition for private lessons.
Private Voice Lessons (GEN MUS 160, 260, 360)
Beginning (160), intermediate (260), and advanced (360) study offered. Weekly lesson attendance, daily practice, and a quarterly jury are required. Beginning and intermediate level students studying with a graduate instructor receive eight 30-minute lessons per quarter. Intermediate and Advanced level students studying with nonmajor faculty and receive ten 30-minute lessons per quarter.
Auditions are held during the first week of classes fall quarter. Auditions can be scheduled using the links below:
After fall quarter, vocal auditions are held during reading week for lessons the following quarter. Piano and instrumental auditions are held early in subsequent quarters, depending on availability. Auditions will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length.
Students auditioning should prepare material as follows:
- Piano: Any recently studied advanced-level piece from the standard repertoire (Beethoven sonatas, works by Chopin, etc.). Memorization is not required. Bring a list of repertoire studied during the past several years. In addition, you will be asked to play a piano solo at sight.
- Voice: A classical or musical theater work. Accompanists will be provided; bring the work’s piano part to your audition.
- Instrumental: An étude or solo demonstrating playing abilities.
Admission to ensembles is by audition. Contact the ensemble director regarding auditions. Students interested in a jazz ensemble audition should contact Bernard Scavella firstname.lastname@example.org. All students participating in an ensemble must register. Registration assistance is available in RCMA 2-115 or via email at email@example.com.
The following courses, mostly listed under GEN MUS "General Music", are designed to meet the needs of students from other schools of the University. Most examine music from a historical or cultural perspective (GEN MUS 170, 175, 220, 230, 250) and require no prior music study; courses intended for nonmajors are also offered annually in composition, music technology, and other applied topics (GEN MUS 176, MUS COMP 211, MUS TECH 259). Students with a basic music foundation who are interested in a beginning course in music theory may register for GEN MUS 252 Introduction to Music Theory I followed by 253 Introduction to Music Theory II. Students may also enroll in certain 300-level courses in Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, and Technology with instructor permission when space is available.
For more course listings, check GEN MUS, MUSICOL, MUS COMP, MUS TECH, and MUS THRY on CAESAR or see the Registrar's Office Class Descriptions online each quarter.
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3818 for questions about music minors.
A General Music Minor is available to all nonmajors.
Nonmajors may also declare minors in one of the following areas:
Minor Declaration Form
Contact the Office of Student Affairs: email@example.com or 847-491-3818
If your question is not answered here, please contact the appropriate program coordinator.