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Introduction

American Austin University Department of Music provides all AU students with a creative outlet and the opportunity to become involved in campus life through participation in performance ensembles or applied study. The Department of Music fosters student abilities to enhance their intellectual capacities; develop critical thinking in performance and in the classroom; examine their own and other cultures; and integrate the learning experience with music into other academic areas of interest. This program serves as a foundation for specialized concentration in music as well as embracing student interests that go beyond the scope of their regular academic life. The Department of Music is dedicated to helping students embrace the importance of placing emphasis on performance as well as classroom instruction to develop a comprehensively prepared musician/teacher; to place music in a historical, theoretical and aesthetic context within the educational/teaching environment; and to effectively communicate and demonstrate cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills and the aesthetic nature of music. All course offerings are open to Non-majors who complete the necessary prerequisites for entry into each course. Inclusive to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, the Department of Music also offers a comprehensive Minor in Music. Qualified student may also received State-approved certification for Teacher Education through the education track offered in conjunction with the Department of Education. A variety of ensembles and applied study opportunities, both vocal and instrumental, are offered to allow students the freedom to select a medium, which appeals to their individual interests and talents. These same opportunities are available for the community performer as well as accelerated public school student who seeks additional performance study through the universities advance placement program. As active members in one or more of the University's performance organizations non-majors benefit from the fellowship of other musicians, the continued study of music literature, and the aesthetic satisfaction gained through quality performance experiences. Music majors continue to strengthen their knowledge and enhance their performance abilities in preparation for their chosen profession, graduate school, or as part of a life-long learning experience.


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AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

The Department of Music audition program runs continuously. Audition times can be arranged at our mutual convenience. Please provide your name, instrument, and possible dates, which would be convenient for you to audition. We will then establish a convenient date and time with the respective faculty.

Criteria of Evaluation For All Musicians:

intonation
phrasing, breath support
quality of tone
articulation and technique
range
ability to read music

Candidates are expected to provide a copy of all audition materials. Instrumentalists will perform without accompaniment. The department will provide an accompanist for vocalists, if necessary.

Recommended Materials for Instrumental Auditions:

Etudes, orchestral excerpts, representative solo works such as sonatas and concerti.
Brass and Woodwinds: Knowledge of major and natural minor scales; a prepared etude/exercise of contrasting sections or two short contrasting movements of a solo work; sight reading.

Percussion: Performance on mallets, snare drum, and tympani. Knowledge of major and natural minor scales on mallet instruments; knowledge of basic percussion rudiments on snare drum., using open to closed-slow to fast sticking; a prepared etude/exercise on percussion instrument of choice; sight reading. Demonstrate tuning and ear training on tympani.

Keyboard: Three pieces representing the following stylistic periods of which two should be performed by memory. Baroque, Classical (first movement of a sonatina or sonata), Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary. Technique should include white key major and minor scales at least two octaves, hands together. Other keyboard majors (organ and harpsichord), should contact the keyboard division directly concerning audition requirements.

Vocal: Minimum of 2 songs (memorized) - one in English and one in a foreign language.

NOTE: All perspective majors are requested to present a performance biography at their audition. Include, in chronological order, all performance ensembles that you currently participate in. Include All-City, All-County, All-State ensembles, etc. Also include all solo contests/festivals that you have performed at. List only the solo repertoire performed during high school. If you are presently studying with a private instructor, please list all current method books and repertoire that you have been working on. This information should be typed and presented to the faculty representative at your audition.


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The Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions

1. I love music but I don't think I want to major in it. Can I still be involved in    music?
Yes! Some students are double majors, with concentrations in music and in another area. Others choose to minor in music. The minor requires twenty-one hours which includes Theory, Music History, Literature, Performance, and Applied Study. The minor also requires two prerequisite courses in Basic Theory (MUSC 201) and Music Appreciation (MUSC 114). Many students, including those who neither major nor minor in Music, participate in the Department's performance ensembles or take music courses as electives towards other degrees. All music courses, assuming one follows the prerequisites, are open to non-music majors.

2. Can I take lessons for credit?
Yes! Non-majors may register for MUSA 390.001-011, Directed Independent Study, for either one or two semester credits. Students wishing to take applied study must have at least a minimum of high school performance experience or permission from the instructor prior to registration for the course.


3. Are lessons expensive? And who teaches them?
A lab fee of $180.00 per semester credit is charged as part of your registration fee. Applied lessons are taught by either members of the American Austin University full-time music faculty or by the numerous professional artists that serve as adjunct faculty to the Department of Music.


4. If I decide to concentrate in music, does performance count?
American Austin University is a liberal arts university and offers a B.A. in Music; it is not a conservatory or a school of music and doesn't offer a B. Music. However, the concentration in music is broad-based, encompassing the study of history, theory/ear training, analysis, and performance. Students who wish to concentrate in performance will have seventeen (17) elective credits to which they may add additional performance ensembles, literature courses, or applied study on a secondary instrument. Students who concentrate on teacher education will be required to take additional music method courses as well as teacher education courses as part of the Department of Education's field study program.


5. How do I get into the Choir, Band, or Orchestra?
Entrance into all primary ensembles is by audition (Wind Ensemble requires only a seating audition), at the beginning of fall semester.


6. Do you have an electronic music studio?
Yes! The Department of Music currently offers three courses: Introduction to Electronic Music, Advanced Theory of Electronic Music, and Sound Re-Engineering that are available to all AU students providing the necessary prerequisites have been met. Once students complete these requisite courses they may register for Research in Music where upon they may work independently with a music faculty member as advisor or overseer of the student's project.


7. Are there any courses that will teach me basic theory?
The Department of Music offers two courses: Fundamentals of Music is primarily geared towards those students who are elementary education majors. Basic Theory is a prerequisite for Theory I for majors who have not had a high school music courses and students who may be interested in a minor of music. Both courses fulfill general education credit under Group I-B and are open to all university students.


8. Does the department have any music courses for students who like music but don't have any background?
Yes! The Department offers two courses to introductory courses, MUSC 114-Music Appreciation and MUSC 200-Fundamentals of Music. Both courses, while geared towards different student populations, will provide you with a broad background in listening, performance practices, and fundamental theory. Again, these courses also fulfill general education requirements under Group I-B.


9. Can I use the practice rooms in Hall?
Yes! The practice rooms on the second floor of Hall are open to all students and faculty on this campus. Many of the rooms are also equipped with quality pianos, a music stand and chair as well as a mirror. The rooms are sound proof and when the door is closed, you will not be disturbed unless campus security or maintenance must close the building after normal hours.


10. Does the department have any graduate programs?
Two graduate degrees are offered through the Seidel School of Education where students may wish to concentrate in music. The M.Ed. and MAT allow the students to take music courses to satisfy requirements at the graduate level. An individual may also accumulate a limited number of graduate credits in music as a non-matriculating student.


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  Academic Advising
  Departments

      Art
      Communication and Theater
      History
      Music
      Philosophy
      Political Science
      Sociology


Introduction
Audition Requirements
Ten FAQs

Introduction

American Austin University Department of Music provides all AU students with a creative outlet and the opportunity to become involved in campus life through participation in performance ensembles or applied study. The Department of Music fosters student abilities to enhance their intellectual capacities; develop critical thinking in performance and in the classroom; examine their own and other cultures; and integrate the learning experience with music into other academic areas of interest. This program serves as a foundation for specialized concentration in music as well as embracing student interests that go beyond the scope of their regular academic life. The Department of Music is dedicated to helping students embrace the importance of placing emphasis on performance as well as classroom instruction to develop a comprehensively prepared musician/teacher; to place music in a historical, theoretical and aesthetic context within the educational/teaching environment; and to effectively communicate and demonstrate cognitive knowledge, psychomotor skills and the aesthetic nature of music. All course offerings are open to Non-majors who complete the necessary prerequisites for entry into each course. Inclusive to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, the Department of Music also offers a comprehensive Minor in Music. Qualified student may also received State-approved certification for Teacher Education through the education track offered in conjunction with the Department of Education. A variety of ensembles and applied study opportunities, both vocal and instrumental, are offered to allow students the freedom to select a medium, which appeals to their individual interests and talents. These same opportunities are available for the community performer as well as accelerated public school student who seeks additional performance study through the universities advance placement program. As active members in one or more of the University's performance organizations non-majors benefit from the fellowship of other musicians, the continued study of music literature, and the aesthetic satisfaction gained through quality performance experiences. Music majors continue to strengthen their knowledge and enhance their performance abilities in preparation for their chosen profession, graduate school, or as part of a life-long learning experience.


Top


AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

The Department of Music audition program runs continuously. Audition times can be arranged at our mutual convenience. Please provide your name, instrument, and possible dates, which would be convenient for you to audition. We will then establish a convenient date and time with the respective faculty.

Criteria of Evaluation For All Musicians:

intonation
phrasing, breath support
quality of tone
articulation and technique
range
ability to read music

Candidates are expected to provide a copy of all audition materials. Instrumentalists will perform without accompaniment. The department will provide an accompanist for vocalists, if necessary.

Recommended Materials for Instrumental Auditions:

Etudes, orchestral excerpts, representative solo works such as sonatas and concerti.
Brass and Woodwinds: Knowledge of major and natural minor scales; a prepared etude/exercise of contrasting sections or two short contrasting movements of a solo work; sight reading.

Percussion: Performance on mallets, snare drum, and tympani. Knowledge of major and natural minor scales on mallet instruments; knowledge of basic percussion rudiments on snare drum., using open to closed-slow to fast sticking; a prepared etude/exercise on percussion instrument of choice; sight reading. Demonstrate tuning and ear training on tympani.

Keyboard: Three pieces representing the following stylistic periods of which two should be performed by memory. Baroque, Classical (first movement of a sonatina or sonata), Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary. Technique should include white key major and minor scales at least two octaves, hands together. Other keyboard majors (organ and harpsichord), should contact the keyboard division directly concerning audition requirements.

Vocal: Minimum of 2 songs (memorized) - one in English and one in a foreign language.

NOTE: All perspective majors are requested to present a performance biography at their audition. Include, in chronological order, all performance ensembles that you currently participate in. Include All-City, All-County, All-State ensembles, etc. Also include all solo contests/festivals that you have performed at. List only the solo repertoire performed during high school. If you are presently studying with a private instructor, please list all current method books and repertoire that you have been working on. This information should be typed and presented to the faculty representative at your audition.


Top


The Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions

1. I love music but I don't think I want to major in it. Can I still be involved in    music?
Yes! Some students are double majors, with concentrations in music and in another area. Others choose to minor in music. The minor requires twenty-one hours which includes Theory, Music History, Literature, Performance, and Applied Study. The minor also requires two prerequisite courses in Basic Theory (MUSC 201) and Music Appreciation (MUSC 114). Many students, including those who neither major nor minor in Music, participate in the Department's performance ensembles or take music courses as electives towards other degrees. All music courses, assuming one follows the prerequisites, are open to non-music majors.

2. Can I take lessons for credit?
Yes! Non-majors may register for MUSA 390.001-011, Directed Independent Study, for either one or two semester credits. Students wishing to take applied study must have at least a minimum of high school performance experience or permission from the instructor prior to registration for the course.


3. Are lessons expensive? And who teaches them?
A lab fee of $180.00 per semester credit is charged as part of your registration fee. Applied lessons are taught by either members of the American Austin University full-time music faculty or by the numerous professional artists that serve as adjunct faculty to the Department of Music.


4. If I decide to concentrate in music, does performance count?
American Austin University is a liberal arts university and offers a B.A. in Music; it is not a conservatory or a school of music and doesn't offer a B. Music. However, the concentration in music is broad-based, encompassing the study of history, theory/ear training, analysis, and performance. Students who wish to concentrate in performance will have seventeen (17) elective credits to which they may add additional performance ensembles, literature courses, or applied study on a secondary instrument. Students who concentrate on teacher education will be required to take additional music method courses as well as teacher education courses as part of the Department of Education's field study program.


5. How do I get into the Choir, Band, or Orchestra?
Entrance into all primary ensembles is by audition (Wind Ensemble requires only a seating audition), at the beginning of fall semester.


6. Do you have an electronic music studio?
Yes! The Department of Music currently offers three courses: Introduction to Electronic Music, Advanced Theory of Electronic Music, and Sound Re-Engineering that are available to all AU students providing the necessary prerequisites have been met. Once students complete these requisite courses they may register for Research in Music where upon they may work independently with a music faculty member as advisor or overseer of the student's project.


7. Are there any courses that will teach me basic theory?
The Department of Music offers two courses: Fundamentals of Music is primarily geared towards those students who are elementary education majors. Basic Theory is a prerequisite for Theory I for majors who have not had a high school music courses and students who may be interested in a minor of music. Both courses fulfill general education credit under Group I-B and are open to all university students.


8. Does the department have any music courses for students who like music but don't have any background?
Yes! The Department offers two courses to introductory courses, MUSC 114-Music Appreciation and MUSC 200-Fundamentals of Music. Both courses, while geared towards different student populations, will provide you with a broad background in listening, performance practices, and fundamental theory. Again, these courses also fulfill general education requirements under Group I-B.


9. Can I use the practice rooms in Hall?
Yes! The practice rooms on the second floor of Hall are open to all students and faculty on this campus. Many of the rooms are also equipped with quality pianos, a music stand and chair as well as a mirror. The rooms are sound proof and when the door is closed, you will not be disturbed unless campus security or maintenance must close the building after normal hours.


10. Does the department have any graduate programs?
Two graduate degrees are offered through the Seidel School of Education where students may wish to concentrate in music. The M.Ed. and MAT allow the students to take music courses to satisfy requirements at the graduate level. An individual may also accumulate a limited number of graduate credits in music as a non-matriculating student.


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