You are on your way towards becoming a member of the UWSP musical family! Whether you are planning on being a music major, minor, or pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, you will need to audition to be admitted to the Department of Music. Auditions for incoming students typically take place the year before you start studying at UWSP (during the senior year of high school for most people). Your audition will take care of three things:
Applying to and auditioning for the Department of Music is separate from your application to UWSP. You will need to take care of that in addition to scheduling your music audition.Applicants will be notified of their music admission status and of any scholarship offer made by the department shortly after the audition.
* Examples include: Tune Up (fast swing); Freddie Freeloader (medium swing); I’ll Remember April (Latin/Swing); Song for My Father (bossa nova); St. Thomas (Calypso); Caravan (Afro 6/8); A Night in Tunisia (Mambo or Afro 6/8); The Chicken (funk)
Perform a solo on two of the four core instrument categories listed below. If auditioning for scholarships, please perform on three of the four categories.
Sight reading is required on snare drum and keyboard percussion. Knowledge of scales and arpeggios is expected on keyboard instruments. Perform open and closed rolls and other standard rudiments on snare drum.
3 memorized works, including:
Music Minors: 2 memorized works chosen from the suggested repertoire
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Prepare three contrasting selections representing at least two of the following styles:
All non-keyboard music majors must fulfill piano proficiency requirements as designated in their specific degree plans. See piano requirements for your specific area in the UWSP Course Catalog. All entering freshman and transfer music majors must meet with the piano faculty to determine appropriate piano placement. Piano placements are determined during music entrance auditions, or if necessary, by appointment with piano faculty. Students with no previous keyboard experience are automatically placed into the beginning level of group piano.
Students with piano background should be prepared to play a short prepared piece; sight-read a short excerpt; and demonstrate previously acquired technical skills such as scales and chord progressions.
Students interested in fine tuning their skills in preparation for piano placement exams and/or group piano classes are encouraged to examine the following information:
On the day of your audition, if you have prior experience you will meet with the piano faculty to determine placement-with the exception of those auditioning on piano. Those without a piano background will be placed in beginning class piano. For those with piano ability, please be prepared to:
The first step is to apply for admission to UWSP through the admissions office. The second step is to contact the music office through our web page or by calling 715-346-3107. We will send you the necessary application forms and information and will arrange a time for you to audition for admission.
Our regular audition dates are in November, February and March. The specific dates are listed above. Contact the Department of Music through our web page by calling 715-346-3107 to arrange for your audition.
The easy answer is yes, either within the Department of Music (music education and performance, for example) or in other fields (Spanish or mathematics, for example). Some majors work more easily with music than others. Humanities and Social Sciences seem to work better than the hard sciences, because science labs often conflict with our ensemble rehearsal times.
Yes, all music majors and minors must audition to be admitted to the program.
Your chances are quite good. Very close to 100% of our music education graduates find teaching positions, and our performance majors are regularly admitted to excellent graduate programs. Our performance graduates hold positions in military ensembles, full time professional symphony orchestras, and as studio musicians, university teachers and private teachers. Our Bachelor of Arts degree graduates hold positions in music related careers in music publishing, music management, music technology and software development, music merchandising, music manufacturing, etc.
You can continue to play more than one instrument as a music major or minor, but all music majors and minors must decide on one instrument to be their primary instrument. You can play your other instruments in ensembles or sing in a choir in addition to playing in a band or orchestra, and you can even take lessons on your secondary instrument or instruments if there is room in the schedules of the professors who teach them. While there are exceptions, most music majors find that the amount of time and effort it takes to achieve the required proficiency on their primary instrument makes it difficult to continue serious study of a secondary instrument. The most frequent exceptions are students who play a band or orchestra instrument or sing and also play the piano.
Yes. There are four levels of group piano classes ranging from beginning to moderately advanced, and each music major whose primary instrument is not the piano is placed in the class that is best for them. More advanced piano students are placed in private lessons even if piano is not their primary instrument.
Yes, you should still audition at your scheduled time even if you have not been admitted to the university. However, it is important to understand that you cannot be admitted to Department of Music until you have been admitted to the university.
Your advisor will help you register for an ensemble. Auditions for the ensembles take place during the first week of classes. New music students sometimes have to change their ensemble after the audition results are posted. This is an easy process, and your professors will help you.
Your advisor will help you decide. Most freshman music majors take 9-10 music credits and 5-6 credits of General Degree Requirements (GDR’s) for a total of 14-16 credits.
No. Every music major is required to be in a large ensemble every semester. Non-music majors who takes lessons are also required to be in a large ensemble.
The Department of Music has more expensive instruments, such as tubas, euphoniums, horns, bassoons, oboes, percussion instruments and string basses available for rental. Instruments such as tenor and baritone saxophones, piccolos and bass clarinets are also available for students who are assigned to play them in an ensemble. It is expected that music majors will plan to purchase their own instruments at some point.
Contact Andrew Slembarski in the Department of Music office at 715-346-3107 or email@example.com to schedule an alternative date.
Founded in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 637 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.