Department of Music

Procedures for Admission as a Music Major

Students desiring to become a Music Major should contact the Music Department Office to make their interest known.  Music Office personnel will refer the prospective students to a faculty member who will interview them to determine what the prospective student's interests in music are, and to make a preliminary decision as to the Department's ability to serve the student.  Such discussions may include a preliminary evaluation of any college-level credits in music that may have been earned by the applicant at other college-level institutions.  Students must also file an Application for Admission through the UAF Office of Admissions.

New college students seeking to major in Music must first meet the entrance requirements as set forth by the University. The Department can make a preliminary assessment of level of private lesson study based upon audition materials the applicant submits to the Department in advance by mail. Students will be auditioned in person when they arrive on campus. Auditions for final placement to the Bachelor of Music degrees normally occur during the jury examination process held at the conclusion of the student's first semester of private lesson study (see further information about this audition at the end of this page).

To be placed appropriately within the Department:

  1. Students must demonstrate by performance audition that they have reached an acceptable level of performance ability on their principal instrument.

Students living outside of Alaska may submit an audition to the Department on recorded media, but the final decision on their placement in the appropriate level of lesson study will not take place until they arrive on campus.  Students living within the State are strongly urged to audition in person prior to their first semester of enrollment. Generally speaking, the audition shall consist of a performance of two works of contrasting character. The musical works do not need to be performed from memory.

Students auditioning for positions in performance ensembles will be required to sight-read a brief excerpt of music written for their principal instrument. Students may also be required to perform some scales and/or arpeggios, depending upon the instrumental area being auditioned.  

  1. After arrival on campus in the fall semester, diagnostic examinations are also given to determine level of competencies in basic music theory and in music ear training. The purpose of these examinations is to place students in music theory and ear training courses appropriate to their level of ability. To qualify for placement in first-year Basic Music Theory courses, students should be able to sight read on their principal instrument, and have knowledge of music rudiments including scales, keys, and triads.   (Students who do not demonstrate sufficient ability to read musical scores may be advised to enroll in Mus. 103: Fundamentals of Music.   Students unable to match pitches may be advised to enroll in appropriate remedial courses in voice or choral music). 
     
  2. To familiarize themselves with written theory prior to taking this exam, students should are advised to review the textbook: Basic Materials in Music Theory by Harder/Steinke or other similar texts.  It is also recommended that all potential students, regardless of area of instrumental specialization, gain experience singing in a chorus or choir.

Most students accepted as music majors at UAF are initially placed in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program.   Students who are completing their first jury may also be auditioned to determine their qualifications to enter the Bachelor of Music degree program.   Students auditioning should also fill out an Entrance Audition Form, make five (5) copies of that form for the jury members and distribute these forms to the jury along with their Repertoire sheets.

Music Majors are expected to own their own musical instruments (except for pianos, harp, or large percussion instruments).