Department of Music

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Why should I major in music at SUU?
  2. What degrees are offered through the Department of Music?
  3. What kind of training will I receive as a Music major?
  4. What kinds of creative opportunities will I have as a major?
  5. What kinds of employment opportunities are available to me as a Music major?
  6. Can I become licensed to teach music in the public school system?
  7. How do I become a Music major?
  8. When are scholarship auditions?
  9. Do I have to be a music major to audition for a scholarship?
  10. Do I have to audition to be a major in your program?
  11. When can I audition for entrance into the music program?
  12. What do I need to prepare for my audition?
  13. What do I need to wear for my audition?
  14. Do I need to bring my own accompaniment?

Why should I major in music at SUU?
We offer a personalized learning environment with extensive opportunities for undergraduate students to perform, develop teaching skills, and grow. Many of our education students have jobs throughout the states of Utah and Nevada teaching in the public schools systems. Many of our performance oriented students have been accepted into graduate schools. Several of our voice students have placed in state, regional, and national vocal competitions. In 2004, Olivia Biddle, won the Dean and Gloria Allen Scholarship for continued study sponsored by the Las Vegas Opera Company. Olivia was also a finalist in the National Opera Association Collegiate Vocal Competition in New York City. Three of our students in voice are in programs in Italy and Austria during the summer of 2005. This is only a small example of the successes and honors that have come to our undergraduate students.

Our faculty and staff are all working professionals in their area of expertise and come from across the country. We are a nationally accredited department of music. The department regularly contracts professional guest artists as conductors, and master class teachers to provide our students with a diverse learning experience. Our students have worked with Paul Salomonovich, Weston Noble, Charlene Archebeque, Patrick Mason, John Cody Birdwell, Kathryn Grayson, Robert Spillman, David Stocker, Jerry McCoy, Charles K. Smith, and Timothy Reynish.

We are committed to superior teaching and we have a faculty with rich and diverse backgrounds. We foster academic excellence through our programs as our accrediting body stipulates.

What degrees are offered through the Department of Music?
Please refer to our Academic Information page

What kind of training will I receive as a Music major?
We offer Bachelor of Arts or Science programs that embrace national standards in the studio, classroom, and performances. The department is committed to maintaining a high standard of teaching. Our programs are rigorous, ambitious, balanced, competitive, and inspirational. Faculty pride themselves on personalized mentoring and superior teaching. Our alumni share a rich history and bring honor to themselves and the department.

What kinds of creative opportunities will I have as a major?
Opportunities abound in the music department for solo and ensemble performing in both the instrumental and vocal arena. Our department offers a rich variety of programming combined with a personalized atmosphere. The range of programming is extensive and the opportunities to work with well known professionals from outside of the university are well established.  

What kinds of employment opportunities are available to me as a Music major?  
Our music education students are employed extensively throughout the area and state as teachers. Many of our performance majors have gone on to graduate schools throughout the country. Music majors have one of the highest acceptance rates into law and medical schools. Many of our instrumental students are playing in community orchestras throughout the state. One of our recent graduates is an artist in residence with the Fort Worth Opera Company.

Can I become licensed to teach music in the public school system?
Yes. The department offers secondary choral or instrumental licensure.

How do I become a Music major?
Please refer to our admission and audition information

When are scholarship auditions?
Please refer to our audition schedule

Do I have to be a music major to audition for a scholarship?
Yes. Music scholarships are very competitive.

Do I have to audition to be a major in your program?
Yes, please refer to our audition information

When can I audition for entrance into the music program?
One can audition for entrance into the Music Department by setting up a time and date with the Music Department secretary. Contact us to schedule a time.

What do I need to prepare for my audition?
Please refer to our audition schedule

What do I need to wear for my audition?
Please dress for a professional audition. Sunday dress, formal attire not required. No jeans.

Do I need to bring my own accompaniment?
You will need to bring either a tape or CD or you can bring your own accompanist.