College of Arts and Humanities
Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building
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Faculty and Staff
Todd Shiver, DMA
Chris Bruya, MM, jazz studies
Joseph Brooks, MM, clarinet, saxophone, woodwind methods
Larry D. Gookin, MM, bands, low brass, music education, conducting
Carrie Rehkopf-Michel, MM, violin, chamber music, Kairos String Quartet
John Michel, MM, cello, chamber music, pedagogy, Kairos String Quartet
Hal Ott, DM, flute, literature
John F. Pickett, DM, piano, literature, pedagogy
Vijay Singh, MAT, jazz studies, choir, voice
Jeffrey Snedeker, DMA, horn, brass methods, music history, theory
Nikolas Caoile, DMA, orchestra, conducting
Mark Goodenberger, MM, percussion
John Harbaugh, MME, trumpet, jazz studies
Daniel Lipori, DMA, music history, bassoon, double reed methods
Bret Smith, PhD, music education, string pedagogy
Gayla Blaisdell, PhD, voice, opera
Mark Lane, MM, music education, band
John Neurohr, DMA, trombone, theory
Gary Weidenaar, DMA, choir, conducting, music education
Tim Betts, MM, viola, Kairos String Quartet
Tor Blaisdell, MM, voice
James Durkee, MM, guitar, music literature
Neil Flory, DMA, theory, composition
Brent Hages, BM, oboe
Jon Hamar, MM, string bass
Sidney Nesselroad, DMA, voice
Heather Netz, MM, violin, music appreciation, Kairos String Quartet
Kristen Neurohr, DMA, theory
Curtis Peacock, MM, tuba, euphonium, history of jazz
Barbara Pickett, MM, piano, class piano
Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, PhD, music history, theory, world music
Florie Rothenberg, DMA, clarinet
Melissa Schiel, DMA, voice
Leslie Schneider, MM, music education
Emelie Spencer, MM, voice, theory
Marcie Brown, program assistant
Star Heger, fiscal specialist
Allen Larsen, hall manager, audio technician, web manager
Harry Whitaker, piano technician
Tinja Wyman, office supervisor
The Department of Music is a community of artists, scholars, and educators dedicated to achieving the highest standards of musical knowledge, performance, and teaching. The department is committed to preparing students for careers in music, providing the opportunity to become literate, skilled, knowledgeable, and confident music educators, performers, and practitioners, able to influence and enrich the musical lives of the communities in which they serve. The department provides opportunities for the general student to study music as an essential part of a liberal arts education and engage in artistic experiences, serve as a leader for K-12 music education, and provide opportunities for the general public to experience music performances of the highest quality in a broad range of styles and genres.
The Department of Music will be recognized and respected for its challenging
curriculum and supportive environment, for the excellence of its student, ensemble, and faculty performances, and for the fulfillment of
its motto: “Where teaching is a performing art.”
The department is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
All entering students who plan to pursue either a major or minor in the music department must audition for acceptance into the program before a faculty committee. See the department’s website for audition information.
Common Exit Requirements
All music majors must pass a keyboard proficiency exam as a graduation requirement. Music education majors will not be scheduled for student teaching until this proficiency is completed.
Music education majors must meet the standards for acceptance into the Professional Education Program.
- All entering music majors with no previous college music theory credits must pass an online exam in music fundamentals as a prerequisite for MUS 144, the first quarter of the theory sequence (fee required).
- All entering music majors with college credits in music theory must take an in-house diagnostic theory exam, which will be given during the transfer student orientation sessions and before the fall quarter begins. Credit for previous college theory courses may be given based on the results of this exam. Details about both exams can be found on the department website.All music majors must enroll in a large ensemble appropriate to their major performance area during each quarter of enrollment as a full-time student. Enrollment in either Women’s Choir or Men’s Choir can be substituted for enrollment in a choral large ensemble for a maximum of three quarters.
- All music majors must pass the required piano proficiency exam. MUS 154A (Piano Class III) must be retaken until this requirement is fulfilled.
- All music majors must attend four (4) convocations and an average of eight (8) recitals/concerts for each Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter that they are in residence.
Consult the department website for information about the departmental honors program.
The department offers post-baccalaureate students the opportunity to earn Teaching Certification in three endorsement areas. To enter the certification program, a baccalaureate degree in music is required. Endorsement for certification requires completion of all courses listed in the CWU curricular requirements of each specialization. Consultation with the faculty music education specialist is mandatory for students entering this program.
All fees are billed to students’ accounts.
A $75 fee for 1 credit and $125 fee for 2 credit for each quarter of enrollment in MUS 164, 264, or 364 (Individual applied instruction).
A $125 fee for each quarter of enrollment in MUS 464 (Individual applied instruction).
A $75 fee for 2 credits and $125 fee for 4 credits for each quarter of enrollment in MUS 564 and 664 (Individual applied instruction).
A $75 fee for each quarter of enrollment in X71 (Secondary applied instruction).
A $40 fee each quarter for students enrolled in Vocal Jazz I
A $40 fee for each scheduled student recital
A $15 fee for each MUS 252, 253, and 254 (Class Instrumental Methods) course
A $5 annual locker fee
A $5 fee for students enrolled in Percussion Ensemble
A university $25 tech fee covers use of electronic equipment used in all music courses. Part-time students enrolled in theory, class piano, composition, or electronic music courses will be assessed this fee.
Applied Music (Individual Lessons)
Student advancement through performance levels (164-464) is determined by jury examination, conducted at the end of the quarter in which a level change is attempted. Students studying at the 364 level must present a full recital as a graduation requirement. Students studying at the 464 level must present at least a one-half recital as a graduation requirement. See the Undergraduate Handbook for policies regarding applied music study. The handbook is available on the department website at www.cwu.edu/~music. Applied music requirements differ according to the degree.
Participation in performance ensembles is an essential part of the music major experience. Rehearsing and performing as part of a band, orchestra, or choir provides many benefits. It develops musical listening and performing skills, expands knowledge of repertoire, including contemporary and traditional works, provides the opportunity to learn the style characteristics of historical periods and elements of musical structures, and promotes cohesiveness in the musical community.
For future music directors and educators, the ensemble directors serve as models of how to develop such ensembles and how to utilize efficient and productive rehearsal techniques. To ensure that all music majors derive full benefit of this experience, participation in a large ensemble (defined below) appropriate to the major performing area is required of all music majors every quarter in residence as a full-time student, regardless of the number of credits required in each degree.
When circumstances justify not being in a large ensemble, a large ensemble participation waiver form, available in the music department office and signed by the applied instructor/advisor and ensemble director, must be submitted for approval by the department chair.
Only the following are designated as large ensembles: Wind Ensemble, MUS 266/466; Choir, MUS 267/467; Chamber Choir, MUS 268/468; Orchestra, MUS 277/477; Marching and Concert Band, MUS 287/487 (fall quarter only); Concert Band, MUS 288/488.
Bachelor of Music - Composition Major
Bachelor of music in composition is intended for students whose primary interest is in composition and for those who intend to pursue graduate work in music theory or composition. Audition requirement: Submit 2 or 3 short contrasting compositions and demonstrate proficiency on a primary instrument. (Formal declaration of a major in composition cannot occur until the end of the first-year theory sequence 146 and 146A with the grade of at least a B- in all theory courses, completion of MUS 120, and permission of instructor.) Transfer students may bypass MUS 120 with permission based upon composition knowledge, submissions, and sufficient audition on primary instrument. It will normally take transfer students three years to compete the degree requirements.
Bachelor of Music - Music Education with Specializations
All students majoring in music education will be reviewed and counseled by the Music Education Committee during each year of full-time enrollment. The purpose of these reviews is to assist the student in developing all the skills necessary to be an effective music educator. One year before student teaching, the student’s accomplishments are reviewed by the entire music faculty. In order to receive an endorsement to student teach, the student must receive a satisfactory evaluation in all areas of music study. All music education majors must pass the required piano proficiency examination prior to endorsement for student teaching. Students taking this major must apply for admission into the Teacher Certification Program with the education foundations and curriculum department and are required to complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the education foundations and curriculum department.
Performance activities are designated by the following code:
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Music
- Music Composition Major, BM
- Music Education Major with Specializations, BM
- Music Education Major, Broad Area Specialization, BM
- Music Education Major, Choral Music Specialization, BM
- Music Education Major, Instrumental Music Specialization, BM
- Music Keyboard Performance Major, BM
- Music Percussion/Wind/String Performance Major, BM
- Music Vocal Performance Major, BM