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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Music Students

Program Information
What music degrees are offered at Elmhurst College?
Does Elmhurst College offer a musical theatre degree?
Where can I find the application procedure for Elmhurst College?
Can I transfer to Elmhurst College from a different institution?
When will I be notified if I have been accepted into the music department?
Who qualifies for a music scholarship?
Can the piano pedagogy certificate be pursued without majoring in music?
What is unique about the music education program at Elmhurst College?
How soon are students actively engaged in teaching in the schools?
Is it possible to get a degree in music education within four years?
What percentage of Elmhurst College students get a teaching position after graduation?

Audition Process
Do I need to apply to Elmhurst College before I can audition?
How do I sign up for an audition?
Where do the auditions take place?
What are the audition requirements?
For my audition, how long should each piece be?
Do I need to provide my own accompanist for the audition?
Are there different auditions for the various music degrees such as music education, music business, general music and jazz studies?
If I am a music business major, do I have to audition for acceptance into the music department?
If I want to minor in music, do I have to audition for acceptance into the music department?
At the audition, will I have to sight-read?
I only play drumset. Do I have to audition on keyboard percussion, snare and timpani?
Should I bring my own sticks and mallets to my audition?

Performing Opportunities
Once I am accepted by the College and the music department, when do I audition for ensembles?
Do I have to be a musical theatre major in order to participate in theatre productions?
Do I have to be a music major in order to participate in the music department ensembles?
If I am majoring in jazz drumming, do I have to play in concert bands?
If I am a piano major, what major ensemble will I perform in?

Lessons
Is a complimentary lesson with a faculty member possible?
Is it possible to take different styles of lessons during the same semester, for example, classical voice lessons, jazz voice lessons and a piano lesson?
Do lessons cost extra?
How many lessons am I allowed to take before I incur extra charges?

What music degrees are offered at Elmhurst College?
For in-depth information about individual degree offerings, please click the links below.

B.M. in music education
B.M. in jazz studies
B.M. in theory/composition
B.M. or B.S. in music business
B.A. in music
Minors in music

Does Elmhurst College offer a musical theatre degree?
Yes. Musical theatre majors must audition with the theatre department, not the music department. For more information about the musical theatre program and audition process, please contact Janice Pohl, director of theatre, via email or by phone at (630) 617-3008.

Where can I find the application procedure for Elmhurst College?
Please go to Office of Admission's application page.

Can I transfer to Elmhurst College from a different institution?
Absolutely. For transfer information, please contact Gayle Bisesi, director of music admission via email or phone at (630) 617-3524. 

When will I be notified if I have been accepted into the music department?
Gayle Bisesi, director of music admission, will notify you via e-mail approximately two weeks after your music audition.

Who qualifies for a music scholarship?
Music majors who audition for acceptance into the music department.

Can the piano pedagogy certificate be pursued without majoring in music?
Yes.

What is unique about the music education program at Elmhurst College?
The music education faculty at Elmhurst consists of teachers who have a proven track record of highly successful teaching careers in the public schools. Our students also have the opportunity to experience international teaching through our educational experiences in Jamaica (every January) and educational experiences in Australia courses (every other summer).

How soon are students actively engaged in teaching in the schools?
During the spring term of their first year, our students will be teaching in a public school. We provide live, hands-on teaching experiences each year for our students. We are also one of the few schools that require three conducting courses. In Conducting II & III our students have the opportunity to conduct middle school and high school bands, choirs and orchestras on and off campus.

Is it possible to get a degree in music education within four years?
Yes, with careful planning students can successfully complete their coursework, student teaching, earn a degree in music education and be state certified to teach in grades K-12.

What percentage of Elmhurst College students get a teaching position after graduation?
From 2006-2011, we have a 95 percent placement rate of our graduates into teaching positions.

Do I need to apply to Elmhurst College before I can audition?
We encourage all students to apply to Elmhurst College before auditioning. If you are admitted at the time of your audition, you will receive information about your financial aid and music scholarship approximately two weeks after the audition. The Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid will put together your complete financial package after you have been admitted and your audition results have been reviewed.

How do I sign up for an audition?
Please contact the Gayle Bisesi, director of music admission, via email or phone at (630) 617-3524. 

Where do the auditions take place?
Auditions take place at:
Elmhurst College
Irion Hall (music building)
190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Check directions on the campus map.

What are the audition requirements?
Please check the audition process page of the music department's web site.

For my audition, how long should each piece be?
There are no time requirements on any piece, but the audition itself will not exceed 10 minutes.

Do I need to provide my own accompanist for the audition?
If you would like to use your own accompanist, that is fine. If not, upon request, an Elmhurst College accompanist will be provided. This is complimentary and must be requested no later than three weeks prior to your audition. Please notify Gayle Bisesi, director of music admission, via email or phone at 630-617-3524.

Are there different auditions for the various music degrees such as music education, music business, general music and jazz studies?
No, it is the same process whether music business, music education, jazz studies or general music. Please see guidelines on the audition process web page.

If I am a music business major, do I have to audition for acceptance into the music department?
Yes, ALL music majors must audition for acceptance into the music department.

If I want to minor in music, do I have to audition for acceptance into the music department?
No.

At the audition, will I have to sight-read?
Yes.

I only play drumset. Do I have to audition on keyboard percussion, snare and timpani?
It would benefit you to demonstrate your abilities on as many percussion instruments as possible.

Should I bring my own sticks and mallets to my audition?
Yes.

Once I am accepted by the College and the music department, when do I audition for ensembles?
Ensemble auditions take place during the first week of class. All students, including non-majors, are welcome to audition for ensembles.

Do I have to be a musical theatre major in order to participate in theatre productions? 
No.

Do I have to be a music major in order to participate in the music department ensembles?
No. We encourage all who are interested to audition for the ensembles.

If I am majoring in jazz drumming, do I have to play in concert bands?
Yes, for the first two years.

If I am a piano major, what major ensemble will I perform in?
Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble or Philharmonic Orchestra

Is a complimentary lesson with a faculty member possible?
Yes. Please contact Gayle Bisesi, director of music admission, by email or phone at (630) 617-3524. Professor Bisesi will arrange this complimentary lesson for you. These lessons are available only to high school seniors and transfer students interested in majoring in music.

Is it possible to take different styles of lessons during the same semester, for example, classical voice lessons, jazz voice lessons and a piano lesson?
Yes.

Do lessons cost extra?
For music majors, lessons are taken just like classes, as long as there is space in the student’s schedule. The only added fee is the $50 applied music fee charged once per semester.

How many lessons am I allowed to take before I incur extra charges?
Students can take up to 4.75 credit hours before any extra charges, not including the $50 applied lesson fee.

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