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Music

Program Details

The Western Illinois University School of Music provides students with exceptional programs that meet the needs of all students pursuing a degree in music. WIU’s small class sizes allow for students to interact with both their peers and professors on a daily basis. The ratio of music majors to full-time music faculty in the WIU School of Music is 6:1. Opportunities for involvement and musical growth through performance, classroom study and research abound. All students planning to major in music must audition for acceptance to their program of choice.

Music Performance and Ensembles

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Marching Leathernecks
  • Pep Band
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • University Band
  • Jazz Studio Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • 4 Jazz Combos
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Steel Band
  • Concert Choir
  • University Singers
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Madrigal Singers
  • Opera Workshop
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • President’s International String Quartet
  • Guitar Ensembles

Student Organizations

All music organizations have well-established memberships on the WIU campus and provide unique opportunities for service projects, professional networking and learning. The Music Student Council consists of the presidents of these organizations:

  • Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Music Business Association
  • Music Therapy Association
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Sigma Alpha Iota

Additional Resources

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course descriptions.

Bachelor of Music

All students seeking the Bachelor of Music must complete I and II, plus III.A, III.B, III.C, or III.D below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed General Education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note a “C-” is below a “C”.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
    Option D, Teacher Education, should include a General Education Mathematics course.
  2. Core Courses: 34 s.h.
    1. MUS 165, 166, 181, 182, 183, 184, 281, 282, 283, 284, 330, 390†, 391† (22 s.h.).
    2. 12 s.h. applied study of one principal performance medium over six semesters.
    3. Seven semesters of MUS 100 with a satisfactory grade (S).
  3. Options of Study (select A, B, C, or D)
    1. Applied Music (Comprehensive)
      1. Special Courses: 14 s.h.
        MUS 265 and 266 or MUS 365; MUS 381, 481 or 485, 482, 491
      2. Music Ensembles: 8 s.h.
        Students must register each semester for credit and successfully complete the ensembles specified below under a, b, c, d, or e until the 8 s.h. ensemble requirement is met. Students must participate on their principal instrument for the number of hours specified below unless indicated otherwise by the ensemble director. No more than one ensemble per semester can be used to satisfy the ensemble requirements.
      3. Music Electives**: 20–21 s.h.
        Choose a, b, c, d, or e as approved by advisor.
        1. Instrumental Performance
          1. Additional principal applied study, to include minimum of four semesters at junior/senior level at 4 s.h. per semester, including one-half junior and full senior recital.
          2. Ensembles:
            1. Winds/Percussion: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 101, 113, or 114.
            2. Trumpet, Trombone, and Saxophone principals may satisfy 2 s.h. out of the total 8 s.h. required by registering for MUS 117.
            3. Strings: 8 s.h. in MUS 101 and 102.
            4. Organ: 8 s.h. total, 6 minimum in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, or 117.
            5. Guitar: 4 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, or 117; 4 s.h. in MUS 127 or 128
          3. MUS 332 for Winds/Percussion, or MUS 461 (2 s.h) for Strings, and 483, plus other Music Electives to total 20 s.h.
        2. Piano Performance
          1. Additional principal study to include minimum of four semesters at junior/senior level at 4 s.h. per semester, including one-half junior and full senior recital.
          2. Ensembles: 4 s.h. of MUS 101, 102, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117; 2 s.h. of MUS 125; 2 s.h. of MUS 127 or 129.
          3. MUS 465, 466, 495, 496.
        3. Vocal Performance
          1. Additional principal applied study, to include minimum of four semesters at junior/senior level at 4 s.h. per semester, including one-half junior and full senior recital.
          2. Ensembles: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 105 or 106; by advisor approval, 1–2 s.h. out of the total 8 s.h. required may be satisfied by performing major operatic roles in MUS 109.
          3. MUS 262, 263, 499, plus other Music Electives to total 20 s.h.
        4. Jazz Studies
          1. Additional Applied Study 2 sem. 2 s.h./sem., including one-half junior and full senior recital
          2. Ensembles: 4 s.h. in MUS 117. Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Drum set principals can substitute up to 2 s.h. MUS 128.
          3. 4 s.h. in MUS 127
          4. MUS 167, 187, 267, 337, 367, 387, 397, 487, 497
        5. Composition
          1. 4 s.h. of applied study in principal performance medium.
          2. Ensembles: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 4 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, or 117.
          3. MUS 215 (2 s.h.), 411 (8 s.h.), 481, 483, 485
      4. Electives: 8–9 s.h.
        Students electing groupings a–e in #3 above may select Music or other electives. Students selecting 3.a must include MUS 492 (strings) or 1 s.h. of MUS 490 (winds/percussion). Students electing grouping 3.b above must select 3 s.h. each of MUS 125 and 129 and 1 s.h. of MUS 167 plus other electives of the student’s choice. Students electing grouping 3.c above must select 4 s.h. each of French and German. Students electing grouping 3.d above must choose 8 s.h. from the following: MUS 141, 195, 341, 344, 345, 348, 481, 483. The student’s course selections for Electives must include (but are not limited to) courses from English (literature course), History, Religion and Philosophy, Art, and Foreign Languages.
    2. Music Business
      1. Special Courses: 15 s.h. MUS 141, 195*, 242, 341, 248 or 485, 441, 442
      2. Ensembles: 8 s.h.
        Students must register each semester for credit and successfully complete the ensembles specified below until the 8 s.h. ensemble requirement is met. No more than one ensemble per semester can be used to satisfy the ensemble requirement. Students must participate on their principal instrument for the number of hours specified below unless indicated otherwise by the ensemble director.
        1. Winds/Percussion: 6 s.h. minimum in MUS 101, 113, 114, 116, 117.
        2. Strings: 6 s.h. minimum MUS 101 or 102.
        3. Organ: 6 s.h. minimum in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117.
        4. Piano: 4 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117; 2 s.h. in MUS 125; 2 s.h. in MUS 127 or 129.
        5. Voice: 4 s.h. minimum in MUS 105 or 106; 2 s.h. minimum in MUS 105, 106, 107, 108, or 109.
        6. Guitar: 4 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, or 117; 4 s.h. in MUS 127 or 128.
      3. Other Requirements: 21 s.h.
        ACCT 200; BCOM 320 or MGT 349; CS 101, 302; ECON 232*; MKTG 327; PSY 100*
      4. Directed Electives in a grouping approved by advisor to total 16 s.h. (7 s.h. of which must be in Music): 16 s.h.
        HRM 353, 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 449
        MGT 350, 425, 445, 447, 448, 474, 481, 483, 485
        MKTG 317, 331, 333, 335, 343, 371, 411, 417, 431, 432, 441
        MUS 241, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 485
    3. Music Therapy
      1. Special Courses: 34 s.h.
        MUS 138, 151, 157, 158, 232, 254, 255, 258 (1 s.h.), 261, 355, 358 (2 s.h.), 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 457 (4 s.h.), 458 (1 s.h.)
      2. Ensembles: 8 s.h.
        Students must register each semester for credit and successfully complete the ensembles specified below until the 8 s.h. ensemble requirement is met. No more than one ensemble per semester can be used to satisfy the ensemble requirement. At least 1 s.h. of the total number of ensemble hours must be fulfilled by singing in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108. After the principal instrument and singing requirements have been met, students may choose any University catalog ensemble to complete the total 8 s.h.
        1. Winds/Percussion: 6 s.h. minimum in MUS 101, 113, 114, 116, 117.
        2. Strings: 6 s.h. minimum in MUS 101 or 102.
        3. Organ: 6 s.h. minimum in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117.
        4. Piano: 2 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117; 2 s.h. in MUS 125, 127, 128, or 129; 2 s.h. in MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, 117, 125, 127, 128, or 129.
        5. Voice: 4 s.h. minimum in MUS 105 or 106; 2 s.h. minimum in MUS 105, 106, 107, 108, or 109.
        6. Guitar: 4 s.h. MUS 101, 105, 106, 113, 114, 116, or 117; 4 s.h. in MUS 127 or 128
      3. Other requirements of certifying music therapy association: 18–19 s.h.
        BIOL 100* or 101* or 204; KIN 290; PSY 100*, 424; PSY 425 or SPED 390; SOC 100*
    4. Music—Teacher Education
      1. Special Courses: 10 s.h.
        MUS 130, 300, 333, 334, 394*
      2. Music Ensembles: 8 s.h.
        Students must register each semester for credit and successfully complete the ensembles specified below under 3.a or 3.b until the 8 s.h. ensemble requirement is met. No more than one ensemble per semester can be used to satisfy the ensemble requirement. Students must participate on their principal instrument for the number of hours specified below unless indicated otherwise by the ensemble director.
      3. Directed Electives: 19–22 s.h.
        Choose a or b, as approved by advisor
        1. Instrumental/General
          1. Choose 7 s.h.*** from MUS 132 or 461, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 231
          2. Choose one course from MUS 195*, 232, 337, 397
          3. MUS 332, 336, 395, 461, or 430
          4. Ensembles:
            1. Wind/Percussion: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 101, 113, 114, or 117 (maximum 3 s.h. in MUS 117); minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 116; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108.
            2. Piano: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 3 s.h. in MUS 101, 113, 114, or 117; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 116; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108; minimum of 3 s.h. in MUS 125, 127, or 129.
            3. Organ: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 4 s.h. in MUS 101, 113, 114, or 117; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 116; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108; minimum of 2 s.h. in MUS 463.
            4. Guitar: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 3 s.h. in MUS 101, 113, 114, or 117; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 116; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108; minimum of 3 s.h. in MUS 127 or 128.
            5. Strings: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 7 s.h. in MUS 101 or 102; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 105, 106, 107, or 108.
        2. Choral/General
          1. MUS 132; 133 or 134; 135 or 136; 137; 231; 232; 262; 263; 265; 266; 331; 335; 396
          2. Choose one course from MUS 195*, 397; THEA 497
          3. Ensembles:
            1. Voice: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 105 or 106; minimum of 1 s.h. in MUS 107, 108, and 109.
            2. Piano: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 105 or 106; 2 s.h. in MUS 125, 127, or 129.
            3. Organ: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h. in MUS 105 or 106; 2 s.h. in MUS 463.
            4. Guitar: 8 s.h. total, minimum of 6 s.h.in MUS 105 or 106; 2 s.h. in MUS 127 or 128.
      4. Professional Education: 29 s.h.
        EDUC/MUS 439
        EIS 202, 301, 303, 305, 401
        RDG 387
        STCH 480, 481

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.
* Specific requirements from the University General Education Curriculum.
** Must include MUS 262, 263 for voice principals.
*** The tech course that includes the student’s principal instrument does not count towards the required 7 s.h.
† MUS 390 and MUS 391 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline WID graduation requirement.

Contact

School of Music

Director: Dr. Tammie Walker
Office: Browne Hall 122
Telephone: (309) 298-1544
Fax: (309) 298-1968
E-mail: Music@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/music

School of Music Faculty
Academic Advisors
Admin Staff
Faculty Assistants

College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC)

Dean: William (Billy) Clow
Associate Dean: Sharon Evans
Office: Browne Hall 115
Telephone: (309) 298-1618
Fax: (309) 298-2695
E-mail: COFAC@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cofac

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