FAQ

Admission and Scholarship Application

1. Should I send a recording or visit campus for a live audition?
2. Why do I have to send two copies of the same recording, one to the Admissions Office and one to the DUS in the Music Department?
3. Are there specific pieces that I should perform for my tape/audition? How much music should I include?
4. How many students typically receive offers of merit scholarships from the Music Department? How large are the scholarships?
5. How does an offer of a Department of Music merit scholarship affect an offer of need-based aid from the Financial Aid Office?
6. How is musical ability factored into the admissions equation?
7. Can 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 "pass out" of Theory I? Alternatively, does the department administer placement tests to allow students to pass-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. What should a first-year student take if he or she plans to major in Music?
15. Can I declare a music major if I am planning to study abroad?
16. When do I take vocal performance class?
17. 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 lesson and ensemble credits count toward an overload?

Admission and Scholarship Information

1) Should I send a recording or visit campus for a live audition?

Though recordings and live auditions will be given equal consideration, we fully encourage prospective students to schedule a live audition which, will provide the student with an opportunity to visit the University of Notre Dame campus and a chance to meet with some of the Music Department faculty. Currently, we are holding campus auditions on January 23, 2010. If interested, please call the office at 574-631-6211.

2) Why do I have to send two copies of the same recording, one to the Admissions Office and one to the DUS in the Music Department?

The tape sent to the UG Admissions office provides important supplemental material in the University of Notre Dame's admission process. Students specifically wishing to be considered for a music scholarship need to send a duplicate recording or other evidence of musical work -- for example, compositions or papers -- directly to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Music Department for further evaluation.

3) Are there specific pieces that I should perform for my tape/audition? How much music should I include?

Though we have no specific repertory requirements, we recommend that you select works of a variety of styles, periods, or tempos. Vocalists are encouraged to sing in English and at least one other language. Material (either taped or live audition), should generally be at least 10 and no more than 20 minutes in length. The faculty prefers recordings to be in CD format. Cassettes or DVDs are also acceptable. Please do not send material recorded on minidiscs, DAT, or other forms.

4) How many students typically receive offers of merit scholarships from the Music Department? How large are the scholarships offered?

The Music Department offers scholarships to a small number of gifted students in each entering class. Scholarship awards generally average $2,000.00 per year for four years.

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

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.

6) How is musical ability factored into the admissions equation?

Members of the Music Department provide evaluations of live auditions and tapes for the Admissions Office. These evaluations 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.

7) Can I receive a scholarship without being a performance major?

Yes.

PROGRAMS


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

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?

Normally about 75 students.

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

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 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?

The Music Department sponsors an annual production of an opera in English or English translation (Francis Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias, 2005), 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?

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?

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 music major until my second year?

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?

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

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

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 pass out of the course at the discretion of the instructor.

10) What is covered in Musicianship I?

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

Essentially, 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 or at the discretion of the instructor.

11) Who do I go to for Advising questions?

For issues involving your major or minor, see your adviser or the DUS in that department. 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 still count for 3 credits?

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 (either 30, 33, or 36). Students must have completed Theory I before entering the Music major.

13) How do I declare a music major?

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

14) What should a first-year student take if he or she plans to major in Music?

Potential music majors should enroll in Theory I and Musicianship I; potential performance majors should also enroll in private studio lessons.

15) Can I declare a music major if I am planning to study abroad?

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

16) When do I take vocal performance class?

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.

17) What are vocal placement auditions and when do they occur?

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 on Applied Instruments

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

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?

All students in the Performance Concentration are required to participate in at least one ensemble every semester. 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?

Students interested in lessons 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?

Yes, you may.

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

The cost of lessons is $250 for a semester of half-hour weekly lessons, and $500 for 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 and studio lessons. See the official lesson policy.

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

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?

The Department will only pay for international lessons if you do not receive a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), and only at our current local rate. This should be thoroughly discussed with your advisor before going abroad.

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 > http://www.nd.edu/~ois/


For more information about grants while studying abroad, contact Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. > http://isla.nd.edu/for-undergraduate-students/

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

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.