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Opportunities for Non-Music Majors

There are many ways in which College of Liberal Arts majors can participate in School of Music offerings.  Opportunities include large ensemble participation, individual applied music lessons, applied music classes, academic music courses, dance courses, chamber music, minors in music, and opera participation.

  • There are five large ensembles in which students can perform: University Orchestra, University Band, University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Ensemble. Auditions are held prior to the beginning of classes each semester.        
  • Individual applied music lessons are offered in over twenty instruments and in voice.   Permission of the instructor is required to enroll.
  • Multiple course offerings are available as well.  Students can enroll in Applied Music Classes such as Beginning Class Piano I and II, Beginning Folk Guitar I and II, and Beginning Voice Class I. Academic music courses such as MUS 100 (Fundamentals of Music Theory), MUS 104 (Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors), and MUS 102 (Music Appreciation) are regularly offered. Dance classes are also very popular. The following dance classes are offered: Beginning Ballet I and II, Intermediate Ballet I and II, Beginning Jazz Dance I and II, Intermediate Jazz Dance I and II, and Ballroom Dancing.
  • Small ensemble experiences, Chamber Music, are also possibilities.  Nearly twenty chamber music opportunities exist. A few of the options are Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Trombone Choir. Auditions are held prior to the beginning of classes each semester.
  • Two minors in music are also available to students in the College of Liberal Arts.  The minors are in Applied Music and Jazz Studies.
  • The School of Music has an annual opera production that is held each spring semester. Recent opera productions include Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Suor Angelica, Orpheus in the Underworld, Gianni Schicchi, and L’enfant et les Sortiléges. Auditions for chorus, orchestra, and leads are open to all students.
  • Non-music majors who are committed to participating in large ensembles and taking private lessons in areas other than female voice may audition for Music Performance Awards* during their senior year of high school.

    * Music Performance Awards will be decided upon in mid-March. Award letters will be sent in late-March. The award is renewable each year for a total of four years contingent upon meeting the following criteria: maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all music courses, making satisfactory progress** in your applied music lessons, and performing satisfactorily** in your major ensemble. If you choose to pursue DePauw’s five-year double degree program, this award will apply during your fifth year as well. Award recipients must enroll in applied music lessons and participate in a large ensemble every semester in residence.

    **satisfactory progress is defined as earning a grade of "B" or higher


    You may schedule your audition by calling the Office of Admission at 800.447.2495. For more information regarding Music Performance Awards, please contact Corinna Nash-Wnuk.