FAQ

Admission and Scholarship Application

1. Should I submit a recording or visit campus for a live audition?

2. How much music should I include?

3. How many students typically receive offers of merit scholarships from the Music Department? How large are the scholarships?

4. How does an offer of a Department of Music merit scholarship affect an offer of need-based aid from the Financial Aid Office?

5. How is musical ability factored into the admissions equation?
6. Are there other supplemental materials I should submit for consideration for a merit scholarship?
7. How will I be notified of a merit scholarship?
8. May I receive a scholarship without being a performance major?


Programs

1. May I include music as part of a double major?

2. How many students major in music at Notre Dame?

3. Do I have to be a music major to participate in ensembles or to enroll in classes in the music department?

4. Does Notre Dame offer opportunities for performance in musical theater productions?

5. Does Notre Dame offer classes and/or performance opportunities in jazz?

6. Does Notre Dame offer degrees in music education?

7. May I take music classes during my first year at Notre Dame even though officially I cannot declare a music major until my second year?

8. What courses should I take to begin a music major?

9. Does AP credit allow me to place out of Theory I? Alternatively, does the department administer placement tests to allow students to place out of Theory I and/or Musicianship I?

10. What is covered in Musicianship I?

11. Who do I go to for Advising questions?

12. Does Theory I still count for 3 credits?

13. How do I declare a music major?

14. Can I declare a music major if I am planning to study abroad?

15. When do I take vocal performance class?

16. What are vocal placement auditions and when do they occur?


Ensembles and Individual Lessons in Applied Instruments

1. How does a student go about joining an ensemble?

2. May I participate in more than one ensemble?

3. How does a student go about signing up for lessons?

4. May I take lessons in more than one instrument?

5. What is the cost of lessons and do I receive a discount if I am a major?

6. Does Notre Dame offer lessons in my instrument, even though no faculty member is listed in the Department brochure?

7. Does Notre Dame offer financial assistance with lessons if I am music major studying abroad?

8. Do lessons and ensembles credits count toward an overload?


Admission and Scholarship Information

1) Should I submit a recording or visit campus for a live audition? back to top

Musicians who have achieved an advanced level of proficiency and are applying to Notre Dame should submit an electronic sample (video or audio) of your performance as part of your Common Application to the College. Hard copy submissions, such as CDs or DVDs, are not accepted by the Admissions Office, or by the Department of Music.   In order for your performance to be evaluated for admission, it must be submitted through your Common Application.  A submission should contain two or three selections of contrasting styles and periods.

Applicants are also welcome to schedule a meeting on campus with a faculty member on your instrument (or voice).   In addition, the Department hosts optional live auditions in the fall and spring.  It should be noted, however, that neither type of live campus audition is a substitute for the online submission described above, which is required in order to be evaluated for your application; these are simply a chance to interact with and perform for one or more faculty members in person, as well as to ask questions about Music study at Notre Dame. For information on live campus auditions, please call the office at 574-631-6211.

2) How much music should I include? back to top

There are no specific repertory requirements; however we recommend that you select works that represent a variety of styles, periods, and tempos. Vocalists are encouraged to sing in English and at least one other language.  Between 10 and 20 minutes would be an appropriate amount of music.

3) How many students typically receive offers of merit scholarships from the Music Department?  How large are the scholarships offered? back to top

The Music Department offers scholarships to a small number of gifted students in each entering class. Scholarship awards can range from $3,000 to more than $15,000 per year for four years.  The number of awards varies from year to year.

4) How does an offer of a merit scholarship affect an offer of need-based aid from the Financial Aid Office? back to top

A Department of Music merit scholarship does not affect a student's need-based Financial Aid package except to reduce the amount of loan and/or work study funds allotted.

5) How is musical ability factored into the admissions equation? back to top

The evaluations of your Common Application music samples serve as one of the many factors the Admissions Office considers in weighing the qualifications of an applicant. A high level of musical achievement will increase the chances of admission for a student who otherwise meets the University's standards for admission.

6) Are there other supplement materials I should submit for consideration for a merit scholarship? back to top

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit scholarships should send a resume of musical accomplishments to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Music at 105 Crowley Hall. This resume will supplement your online recorded sample in the scholarship competition. 

7)  How will I be notified of a merit scholarship award? back to top

Admitted students receiving a merit scholarship offer will be notified of  the offer by mail, soon after Regular Action admissions decisions have been mailed by the Office of Admission.

8)  May a non-music major be considered for a music scholarship? back to top

Music merit scholarships are only for students who intend to major or double-major, and are discontinued if the student drops the major.


Programs

1) May I include music as part of a double major? back to top

Yes, the Music major is designed so that it may be completed along with another major.

2) How many students major in music at Notre Dame? back to top

The number of music majors has typically ranged from 75 to 100.

3) Do I have to be a music major to participate in ensembles or to enroll in classes in the music department? back to top

No, ensembles are open to both majors and non-majors by audition. Auditions for the ensembles are conducted at the beginning of each academic year. Similarly, all music classes are open to the entire student body, although some courses carry prerequisites.

4) Does Notre Dame offer opportunities for performance in musical theater productions? back to top

The Music Department sponsors an annual production of an opera, but does not offer any formal opportunities in American musical theater. However, musical theater productions are regularly staged by various student organizations at Notre Dame and by the Music and Theater Departments at Saint Mary's College.

5) Does Notre Dame offer classes and/or performance opportunities in jazz? back to top

Notre Dame offers classes in jazz guitar, jazz piano, Introduction to Jazz, current Jazz and Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble regularly performs on and off campus and hosts the prestigious Collegiate Jazz Festival that takes place at Notre Dame every year in late February or early March. Your major teacher can inform you about other performance opportunities in jazz guitar and piano. In addition, an occasional class in jazz music or jazz studies is offered.

6) Does Notre Dame offer degrees in music education? back to top

The Department offers a B.A. in music with concentrations in history-theory and performance. Although we do not offer degrees or courses in music education, the Music Department faculty does permit Notre Dame students to enroll in music education courses at Saint Mary's College.

7) May I take music classes during my first year at Notre Dame even though officially I can't declare a major until my second year? back to top

Students are strongly encouraged to begin courses for the music major in the First Year of studies.

8) What courses should I take to begin a music major? back to top

Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in Theory I-II and Musicianship I-II in their First Year of Studies. Performance majors are normally expected to begin applied lessons in their principal instrument in their first year.

9) Does AP credit allow me to place out of Theory I? Alternatively, does the department administer placement tests to allow students to place out of Theory I and/or Musicianship I? back to top

AP credit is not normally sufficient to allow a student to pass out of Theory I. If a student wishes to pass-out of Theory I or Musicianship I, he or she should make an appointment with the course instructor at the start of the semester (or before) to discuss the possibility of a placement test. If the student demonstrates a sufficient level of achievement on such a test, he or she may place out of the course at the discretion of the instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

10) What is covered in Musicianship I? back to top

Beginning solfège: singing in treble and bass clefs;
sight reading of unpitched rhythms;
melodic dictation of simple diatonic passages up to 12 measures in length
Interval training; all intervals within one octave (hear and identify, and sing);
identification of cadences, including the following chords: I i ii6 ii6/5 IV iv V V6/4 V7 vi; writing and singing of major and minor scales

In order to pass out of the course, students need to take the equivalent of the final exam of the course and score higher than 90%. This exam is typically administered during the first week of classes at the discretion of the instructor.

11) To whom do I go to for advising questions? back to top

For issues involving your major, contact your assigned music advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Music. For issues involving university and college requirements, and for information about graduation, final exams, or excused absences, see the dean of your college.

12) Does Theory I count for 3 credits? back to top

Theory I is a 3-credit class that counts toward the overall 120 credits required for graduation. However, it is a prerequisite that does not count toward the credits required for a major in Music. Students must have completed Theory I before continuing with the Music major.

13) How do I declare a music major? back to top

See Kevin Wangler, Administrative Assistant, in Room 105, Crowley Hall of Music. He will guide you through the process.

14) Can I declare a music major if I am planning to study abroad? back to top

Yes. However, you will need to discuss your plans thoroughly with your advisers.

15) When do I take vocal performance class? back to top

If you are a voice major or potential voice major, you will be expected to attend the vocal performance class as well as your private vocal lessons. This class is typically held on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

16) What are vocal placement auditions and when do they occur? back to top

Vocal placement auditions are for prospective vocal majors. The vocal professors must listen to your technique and range in order to place you with the appropriate vocal instructor. When you arrive on campus in the fall, come to Room 105 in Crowley Hall of Music. There will be a sign-up sheet for audition times.


Ensembles and Individual Lessons in Applied Instruments

1) How does a student go about joining an ensemble? back to top

General auditions for all ensembles are held at the beginning of each school year:

Choral Groups

Choral auditions for Music Department ensembles and the Women's and Liturgical Choirs of the Basilica are held jointly on the Sunday and Monday before the first class day. Sign-up sheets are posted in Crowley Hall prior to the audition period. Auditions at other times in the school year are scheduled at the discretion of the director of each ensemble; please contact the relevant director for more information.

Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral auditions are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings of the first class week. There are also sign-up sheets posted in Crowley Hall prior to the audition period. Auditions at other times in the school year are welcome; please contact the orchestra director for more information. Returning members of the orchestra are required to re-audition each year.
 

University Bands

Marching Band: Students interested in auditioning for the Marching Band must contact the Band office prior to their arrival on campus (574-631-7136). Band Camp, the audition period for the marching Band, generally begins on the Wednesday before the start of the fall term. Concert Band: The musical audition for the Marching Band is also the audition for the fall Concert Band; students who wish to audition for the Concert Band only should contact the Band office upon arrival on campus for audition information. Auditions for the Spring Concert Band are generally held in late November; please contact the Band office for information. Jazz Bands: Auditions for the Jazz Bands are usually on the first Sunday after the start of school; again, please contact the Band office for more information.

2) May I participate in more than one ensemble? back to top

All students in the Performance Concentration are required to participate in at least one ensemble every semester after declaring the major in their sophomore year (six semesters of participation). Vocalists may participate in no more than two ensembles per semester; instrumentalists are limited to a maximum of three ensembles each semester.

3) How does a student go about signing up for lessons? back to top

Students interested in lessons, both major and non-major, must visit the Music Department office during the first week of classes to sign up.

4) May I take lessons in more than one instrument? back to top

Yes, you may.

5) What is the cost of lessons and do I receive a discount if I am a major? back to top

The cost of lessons is $300for a semester of half-hour weekly lessons, and $600for a semester of hour-long weekly lessons. All majors in Music at Notre Dame receive a limited scholarship in the form of full or partial remission of expenses and fees for private lessons. See the Music Office for details.

6) Does Notre Dame offer lessons in my instrument, even though no faculty member is listed in the Department brochure? back to top

Yes, the Department offers instruction in all standard band and orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, voice, and guitar.

7) Does Notre Dame offer financial assistance with lessons if I am a music major studying abroad? back to top

Yes, in most cases.  Please consult the section on lessons while abroad under the Lessons navigation bar of this website. (See link below.)

Guidelines for requesting approval of Music lessons from abroad for music majors only.

For more information about studying abroad, please contact the Office of International Studies.

8) Do lesson and ensemble credits count toward an overload? back to top

No, they do not. If you are running into an overload problem because of lesson or ensemble credits, please see your college dean or first-year advisor for permission to overload.