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student photoBorrow an instrument

Students who are enrolled in a Wittenberg ensemble may borrow an instrument at no cost. Please contact the conductor of Wittenberg Symphonic Band and Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra to inquire about borrowing an instrument: Dr. Brandon Jones (bjones@wittenberg.edu).

Get a locker for your stuff. And reserve a practice room.

Visit the music office if you need a locker or practice room. A locker is available for a fee of $5.00 per academic year. (The cost is due to expense the department incurs to change the locks each year.) You may sign up for a practice room, also for a non-refundable $5.00 fee for the academic year. Each practice room is shared by 3-5 students. (Use the signup sheet on the door to schedule a practice time.) Practice rooms with grand pianos are reserved for piano majors. Practice rooms may not be used as storage space. Three practice rooms (203B, 203C, 205B) are kept open and are available at no cost.

In case demand is especially high, priority for lockers and practice rooms will be given in this order: (1) music majors, (2) music minors, (3) students with music scholarships who are neither majors nor minors. Krieg Hall (the music building) is locked at 10:00 pm. To gain access to the building after this time, contact campus security (and have your Witt ID available).

Take lessons (vocal or instrumental)

Music lessons are available to all students, in voice and these instruments: brass (horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba), woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), piano (plus organ and harpsichord), strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, classical guitar, harp), and percussion. There is a fee for lessons. The Music Department offers the choice of weekly half-hour lessons (for one semester-hour of credit) or weekly one-hour lessons (for two semester-hours of credit).

"Juries" (end-of-semester performance exams)

At the end of each semester of study, every applied music student is required to perform for a small "jury" of faculty. Ask your applied teacher about scheduling. During a semester in which a student performs a full or half recital, a teacher may decide not to require a student to do a jury performance.

Pre-recital juries

At least three weeks before the date of a half or full recital, you are required to give a pre-recital performance for a jury of three members of the music faculty. If the members of the jury do not think that you will be ready by the date of your recital, then your recital will be delayed. Here are details regarding pre-recital juries for string players and singers.

student photoPerform!

Want to perform? You can do so on one of our monthly General Student Recitals (see our Music Event Calendar), in a junior/senior recital, as a member of one of our ensembles, or off campus (for example in an elementary school or nursing home).

Declare a major or minor

To declare a major in music, print this Declaration of Major form and take it to the Music Department office (Krieg Hall). It is quite a simple form, with just a few lines to fill in. Here is the Declaration of Minor form.

Find a career in music

A Wittenberg music major can lead to many successful career paths. To learn more, read about the careers that Wittenberg music alumni have entered.

Placements tests for music theory and for keyboard skills

Contact the music office if you would like to take the Music Department placement test in music theory (to possibly place out of Music 102A: Basic Music Theory & Skills) or in keyboard skills (to possibly place out of Music 120: Functional Keyboard Skills). The placement test in music theory covers writing/analysis of scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and four-part harmony. The placement test in keyboard skills covers performance of scales, triads, seventh chords, cadences, the I-IV-V-I progression, and basic harmonization.

AP test in music theory

With a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory test, you will receive 4 credits for Music 102 (Basic Music Theory and Skills, the first music theory course required for the music major) with grade of S (satisfactory). Therefore, you would begin the sequence of theory/skills courses required for the music major with Music 155 & 156, rather than Music 102.

Scholarship details

To maintain a talent-based scholarship in music, a student must fulfill these conditions.

student photoLiterature requirements for voice

First-year

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Music Education (BME): At least five songs studied, four memorized each semester. Use of English, Italian, and German languages by the end of the first year of study.
  • Minor: At least three songs studied, two memorized each term.
  • Non-majors: At least three songs studied, two memorized each term.

Sophomore

  • BA/BME: At least five songs studied, four memorized each semester. Use of English, German, Italian and French languages by the end of the second year of study.
  • Minor: At least four songs studied, three memorized each term.
  • Non-majors: At least three songs studied, two memorized each term.
  • the upper-level proficiency exam is generally taken at the end of the fourth semester of study. There is a minimum of six memorized songs/arias for this proficiency exam. Two of the six memorized songs/arias may come from repertoire studied during a previous semester. At the exam, the student chooses the first selection and the jury panel selects two additional pieces. Also, students may be asked questions about the repertoire they have prepared for the proficiency exam.

Junior

  • BA: At least five songs studied, four memorized each semester. Use of English, German, Italian and French languages.
  • BME: At least six songs and arias studied, five memorized each semester. Use of all four standard languages.
  • Minor: At least four songs studied, three memorized each term.
  • Non-majors: At least three songs studied, two memorized each term.

Senior Year

  • BA: At least five songs studied, four memorized each semester. Use of English, German, Italian and French languages.
  • BME: At least six songs and arias studied, five memorized each term. Use of all four standard languages.
  • Minor: At least four songs studied, three memorized each term.
  • Non-majors: At least three songs studied, two memorized each term.

At the discretion of the studio teacher, students are encouraged to sing literature outside of the four standard languages, such as Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, etc.

student photo Awards in music

The Music Department presents two awards:

The Elmer Blackmer Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Elmer Blackmer (1962-1974) and is presented to the music student who has shown outstanding achievement in music theory and music skills.

Jan Bender Memorial Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Jan Bender (1965-1975) and is awarded to the senior whose performance both academically and musically has been excellent and whose contributions to the department of music have been outstanding.

Health concerns for musicians

Every profession has particular health concerns. In music, such concerns are important when practicing, performing, and listening to music. By knowing and following proper procedures, hearing damage can be avoided, vocal and musculoskeletal health can be safeguarded, and we can avoid injuries from dangerous materials and equipment. We recommend that you visit and read carefully the information presented on avoiding performance injuries, safeguarding hearing, proper instrument “hygiene,” and much more. Here is a good place to start: Performing Artist Health and Safety Information. This web page covers repetitive motion injuries (a risk for instrumentalists), vocal health, cleaning instruments, hearing loss due to loud sounds, and much more. Have questions? Ask your applied teacher or ensemble director!

student photo Health and safety depend in large part on the personal decisions of informed individuals. Institutions have health and safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities cannot and will not ensure any specific individual's health and safety. Too many factors beyond any institution's control are involved. Individuals have a critically important role and each is personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing injuries to themselves before, during, and after study or employment at an institutions. It is the responsibility of students, staff, and faculty to report conditions and practices that are hazardous to health and safety to the department chair and administrative assistant.

Music 495 (Senior Recital)

Here is complete information regarding Music 495 (Senior Recital).

What is Music Practicum?

Attending concerts is essential for all musicians. Music Practicum (Music 199), a non-credit course required for music majors, entails attendance at least 30 music events (concerts, recital, clinics) each academic year. When you declare a music major, be sure to enroll in Music 199 beginning the next semester. Consult our Music Event Calendar. Chapel events with a significant amount of music will also count, up to three per year. Music Practicum is waived during the semester a BME student is student teaching.

  • A sign-up sheet will be available at on-campus Music Department events. To receive credit, you need to arrive on time, sign in, and not leave early. (Or simply perform as part of the event!)
  • Fall usually has fewer events than spring. If you attend at least 10 events in fall, you will receive an "S" grade for fall, and then 20 events will then be required for spring.
  • For non-department events, submit a program or ticket stub to the music office.
  • Credit for 2 events is given for participation in choir tour and for participation in the OPCICA (Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association) Honors Band. Credit for up to 5 events is given for attending concerts at the yearly OMEA (Ohio Music Educators) conference.

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