- Size: How big is the School of Music?
- Classes: How big are the classes?
- Majors: What majors are offered in music?
- Double Majors: Can I double major in music and another field?
- Private Lessons: Can I participate in private lessons or performing groups even if I don't major in music?
- Minor: What is a minor in music?
- Scholarship: Am I eligible for a music scholarship if I don't major or minor in music?
- Post-Graduation Options: What do graduates of the School of Music do after graduation?
- Audition: Is an audition required? How do I audition for the School of Music?
- Ensemble Participation: How do I become a member of a performing ensemble?
- Repertoire: What kind of repertoire do School of Music ensembles perform?
- Music at Puget Sound: What is the role of the School of Music at Puget Sound?
1. How big is the School of Music?
We are a program of 125 majors and 45 minors. Over 400 university students, majors and non-majors, participate in our program, either in courses, studio instruction, or our performing groups. Our faculty numbers 12 full-time and 29 part-time instructors. There are 7 professional staff.
2. How big are the classes?
Our largest classes are capped at 35 students. Enrollment in ear training and sight singing sections is limited to 15. Freshman and sophomore music theory and music history classes range from 15 to 30 students, and upper-level classes vary between 8 and 20. All lessons are taught one-on-one with faculty.
3. What majors are offered in music?
There are four: Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. About 25% of our students are in Performance, 25% in Music Education, 10% in Music with Elective Studies in Business, and 40% in the Bachelor of Arts. We also offer a minor in music.
4. Can I double major in music and another field?
Yes. Through the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, students can study music and still have enough flexibility in their program of study to double major. Approximately 25% of our music majors have double majors.
5. Can I participate in private lessons or performing groups even if I don't major in music?
Yes. Our performing ensembles are open to all university students. While some require an audition for entrance, there are also performing ensembles and classes open to all interested students. Nearly half of the membership of our ensembles do not major in music. Private lessons are available in all instruments either for academic credit (audition required) or independently through our Community Music Department. If one is not a music major or scholarship recipient, lessons for credit are subject to schedule availability each semester.
6. What is a music minor?
If you do not want to major in music, the minor offers you a course of study that will add structure to your music studies while you major in a different subject. You complete one year of music theory, one year of music history, a minimum of 4 semesters of an ensemble, a minimum of four semesters of studio lessons, and one music elective.
7. Am I eligible for a music scholarship if I don't major or minor in music?
Yes, you are! Music scholarships are based solely on audition, regardless of major. Nearly fifty percent of our music scholarships are awarded to students who major in a subject other than music.
Puget Sound graduates pursue performing careers, college, elementary and secondary teaching, profit and nonprofit areas of the music industry, church music, and other music-related fields. Graduates are regularly accepted into the major graduate schools of the nation. Recent graduates have attended Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, USC, UCLA, Yale University, the New England Conservatory, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and Indiana University. They have won Fulbrights to study in Argentina and Norway. Music Education graduates are regularly placed in teaching positions; our placement rate is nearly 100%. Others have taken leadership positions in arts administration at such places as Carnegie Hall and the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony. They have been soloists with the Seattle Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Stuttgart Opera, and as members of major symphony orchestras in Pittsburgh, Detroit, New York, Seattle, and Portland. They have been successful in artist management, the recording industry, music retail, radio broadcasting, and organ building.
9. Is an audition required? How do I audition for the School of Music?
An audition is required for entrance to the music major, and/or for music scholarship consideration. Visit the Apply and Audition page for more information or contact the Music Admission Office at email@example.com or 253.879.3228 to arrange an audition.
10. How do I become a member of a performing ensemble?
An audition is required for ensembles. Ensembles auditions are held during Student Orientation Week in August. Sign up in the School of Music building for an audition time. For ensembles which don't require auditions, register for the class and come to the first rehearsal. Details can be found on the Ensemble Auditions page.
11. What kind of repertoire do School of Music Ensembles perform?
Our ensembles are proud to study and perform a large variety of repertoire! Visit the Ensemble Repertoire list on the Web.
12. What is the role of the School of Music?
The music program is an integral part of this university community. We are a School of Music, which means we are devoted to both professional and liberal studies. We have both auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles, and music scholarships are offered on the basis of achievement, regardless of major. On average, 11% of each entering freshman class at the university auditions for us. Over 400 university students are involved in our courses, lessons, and ensembles. Students also pursue non-credit study through our community music program, which alone has 500 students from the university and surrounding communities.