The purpose of this page is to give you some practical information about the School of Music. Please feel welcome to come to the Music Office for more information or answers to your questions.
Applied Music Lessons
Registration for lessons takes place through the Music Office; it is not handled through the registrar’s office and cannot be done online. Students must be registered for lessons by the beginning of each semester. Continuing students will arrange registration for lessons for the next term with their applied music instructor. Students taking half hour studio lessons are registered for .25 unit and students taking hour studio lessons are registered for .50 unit or 1.00 unit, depending upon whether a student is preparing for a degree required recital.
Students majoring or minoring in Music have a requirement to be registered in an appropriate university ensemble. Students registering for an ensemble scheduled to rehearse at least three hours per week will register for .50 activity unit while those students registering for an ensemble scheduled to rehearse less than three hours per week will register for .25 activity unit. Music ensembles are graded on a pass/fail basis.
All students registered for applied music are required to perform a jury examination as the final exam for applied music lessons. For more information, see the Jury Examination page.
Recital performance options are available throughout the school year. Noon recitals, known as “Noonies,” see the Noon Recital Form, are held each Tuesday, typically beginning the second or third week of classes. (The first Noonies are usually devoted to special topics, such as working with an accompanist, preparing for auditions, managing time, etc. Performances normally begin in the sixth week.) There are also afternoon and evening recitals, chamber music concerts and ensemble performances. For more information, see the Recital Information link.
The School of Music has a chapter of the student Music Educators National Conference. This organization has its principle focus on teaching and as such covers all areas of the music field. For more information on joining or subscribing to the Music Educators Journal please see Professor Pat Krueger.
A contracted accompanist and our keyboard scholarship students are available to accompany music lessons, juries, and recitals. Please check with your applied music instructor at the beginning of the term to begin making arrangements for an accompanist for the semester.
The School of Music has a chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity.
Each Spring the School of Music faculty select students for endowed music scholarships. These awards recognize special contributions or achievement of continuing students. There are approximately 25 awards annually. Students receive notification of these awards, which are applied to the following academic year, in late spring.
The Music Office will post important information for students on the bulletin board located outside the Music Office. Please check this board frequently. Individual messages are often left on this board as well.
Jacobsen Series and Faculty Recitals
School of Music faculty present solo and chamber concerts throughout the academic year. Complimentary tickets are available to Puget Sound students at the Wheelock Information Center with student ID.
Electronic Keyboard Lab
The Electronic Keyboard Lab is located in Room 215. There are 14 Kurzweil pianos with full, weighted keyboards, in addition to 5 MIDI work stations.
Electronic Music Lab
The Electronic Music Lab is located in Room 313 of the Music Building. All requests for use are handled by Professor Rob Hutchinson.
Lockers are available for instrumentalists participating in the School of Music program. These are free, and are issued through the Music Office.
Practice rooms are available for Puget Sound students currently enrolled in music. The following practice rooms require special authorization:
Rooms 006, 034—Keyboard majors only
Room 035, 038—Percussion
Room 015—Organ and Chamber Music
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekends with after-hour access until 2 a.m. via your PugetSound ID card. If your card does not work, contact the music office (room 111).
Music Office Equipment
There is a phone located in the basement of the Music Building for campus-only calls. Office equipment such as stapler, 3-hole punch, papercutter, etc., is available on the counter in the Music Office. Regarding music posters and notices for recitals (or other music events), feel free to utilize the bulletin boards across the hall from the Music Office and on the south end of the lockers. Nothing should be taped to walls, glass entrance door surfaces, doors, or lockers. Use of the copy machine is for faculty and staff only. NO copying of music will be allowed that violates copyright. Copy machines are available in Collins Library for student use.
All books on music, scores and recordings are in Collins Library on the mezzanine level. The librarians are there to help you with finding resources, interlibrary loans or other services related to your academic work.
Classroom and Rehearsal Room Use
Use of any classroom or rehearsal room, at any time, during school hours, evenings or weekends, MUST be scheduled with Leah in the Music Office. It is strongly advised to make your reservations as far in advance as possible as rooms and space are very limited. Please, when you have a change of plans and won’t be using the reserved room, be sure to let Leah know so we can allow another person to use the room. Space is a valued commodity here in the Music Building. When you are finished with the room, please be sure to leave it the way you found it so it will be ready for the next class or user. All furniture is to be set up as it was before you used the room.
Concert Hall Scheduling/Use
To request use of the Concert Hall, please contact Nicole Mulhausen, the Concert Hall Manager. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, her office number is MUS 104 and her campus phone number is x8564. Tentative reservations may be made by email, and confirmation of dates by Nicole will follow by phone or email. Scheduling of an event is secured when a completed Spec Form (provided by Nicole) has been turned in to the Concert Hall Manager’s mailbox, no later than three weeks prior to an event.
A detailed plan of study for your chosen curriculum in the School of Music is available online. Details regarding degree programs and requirements in the major are in the university Bulletin. Make sure you are familiar with this information, and work closely with your academic advisor(s) in planning your curriculum.
All freshman and sophomore music majors must register for MUS 109 (Recital Attendance), and juniors and seniors must register for MUS 309 (Recital Attendance). This requirement appears in the university Bulletin under Requirements for the Major. The fulfillment of the no-credit requirement will be reflected as a P/F grade on your transcript.
Each student majoring in music is advised by a music faculty member. All freshman students are advised within the freshman advising system—advisors being Professors Robert Hutchinson and Gwynne Brown. Prior to the end of the Spring semester, freshman students will be assigned to a music faculty advisor by Carole in the Music Office. Usually each music student is advised by the head of his or her major area (music education, voice performance, etc.). If you decide to change majors, Carole will assist you in transferring to an advisor in your new major.