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Interested in pursuing a music major or minor in college?

 

Preparing for college music . . .

No matter which university you are considering, these recommendations will help you prepare for a college degree program.

Piano study and development of harmonic music reading skill provide the best possible preparation for any music major or minor program. If you are already enrolled in piano lessons, you have a head start! If not, sign up today with a qualified teacher who also offers theory and ear training along with performance.

Take private lessons on your preferred instrument and/or voice through a specialized teacher. Take advantage of solo and ensemble performance opportunities in your school and community, as well as opportunities to perform with others.

VCSU's 3 credit course MUS 101 Music Fundamentals will provide valuable background in reading notation, key signatures, scales, chords, and much more. MUS 101 is offered online Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
 

Selecting a music school . . .

Here's what to look for:

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  • Reputation of excellence
  • Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Faculty who are regionally and nationally recognized as teachers, presenters, conductors, and performers
  • Specialist instructor-performers teaching applied instruments and voice
  • Small class sizes with lots of personal attention
  • Opportunities to develop as a soloist and ensemble member
  • Low annual cost, with renewable scholarship opportunities
  • Friendly campus and community

Choosing a Music Program. . .

  • Music Education Major
    • If you are interested in public school teaching . . .
  • Music Major
    • For the student seeking a broad liberal arts education with emphasis in music
  • Piano Pedagogy Minor
    • Preparation for a career as an independent piano studio teacher
  • Music Minor
    • For the student with a major program in another area and an interest in music

Preparing for college music. . .

No matter which university you are considering, these recommendations will help you prepare for a college degree program.

 
Piano study provides the best possible preparation for any music major or minor program because it improves harmonic reading skills. If you are already enrolled in piano lessons, you have a head start! If not, sign up today with a qualified teacher who also offers theory and ear training along with performance.

Take private lessons on your preferred instrument and/or voice through a specialized teacher. Take advantage of solo and ensemble performance opportunities in your school and community, as well as opportunities to accompany others.

Consider enrolling in VCSU's course MUS 101 Music Fundamentals. This 3 credit course will provide valuable background in reading notation, key signatures, scales, chords, and much more. MUS 101 is offered online every semester.
 

Applying to Valley City State University . . .

In fall of your senior year, schedule your audition with the VCSU Department of Music. Plan to perform on your primary instrument/voice and any secondary instrument on which you feel confident. Both majors and minors will take a music theory placement examination as part of the audition process. A score of 80% or above allows you to enroll in MUS 109 Music Theory I during freshman year. With a score of 79% or lower, you enroll in MUS 101 Music Fundamentals, a course designed to prepare you for Theory I. Bring the following materials to your audition: completed Application to the Music Department (Information Form and Essay).

Complete the application form (click More...); pay a $35 admission fee; and apply for general financial aid and university scholarships. This is a second scholarship application: you may be eligible for general university awards in addition to music scholarships.
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Obtaining Music Scholarships . . .

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On-campus music majors and minors are eligible for renewable scholarships ranging from $500 to full tuition. Size of award is determined by: 1) High School GPA; 2) Performance Audition; and 3) Theory Placement Score.

Select ensemble participants are eligible for awards ranging up to $500, as determined by the needs of the ensemble and a private audition for the ensemble director.

An early application and audition (no later than April 1st) provide your best chance for scholarship dollars.
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Department Chair
Beth Gigante Klingenstein, Ph.D., Professor
Email: beth.klingenstein@vcsu.edu
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Ext 7269

Administrative Assistant:
Paula Larson
Email: paula.larson@vcsu.edu
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Ext 7272

Mailing Address:
Department of Music
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072
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