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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Department

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Music Building 144

(509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239
See Web site for how music programs could be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Peter Gries

Associate Chair
Jeffrey Snedeker

Joseph Brooks, clarinet, saxophone, woodwind methods
Larry D. Gookin, bands, low brass, music education, conducting
Peter Gries, piano, theory, counterpoint, analysis
Linda Marra, voice, opera, diction, literature, pedagogy
Carrie Rehkopf-Michel, violin, chamber music
John Michel, cello, chamber music, pedagogy
Hal Ott, flute, history, literature
John F. Pickett, piano, literature, pedagogy
Jeffrey Snedeker, horn, brass methods, music history

Associate Professors
Chris Bruya, jazz studies, theory, trumpet
John Harbaugh, trumpet, jazz studies
Vijay Singh, jazz studies, choir, voice, music business

Assistant Professors
Mark Babbitt, trombone, symphonic band, theory
Mark Goodenberger, percussion
Nikolas N. Caoile
Mark R. Lane
Daniel Lipori, bassoon, music history, graduate research
Diane Reich, voice, opera, opera history, literature
Bret Smith, music education, string pedagogy
Orchestra director, TBA

Non-tenure Annual Contract
Timothy J. Betts
Eric L. Flesher
Heather Netz
Tanya H. Whitehouse
Maria I. Wibe

Star Heger, fiscal technician
Steve Reich, sound technician
Julie Tapley-Booth, office assistant
Mary Varner, hall manager
Harry Whitaker, piano technician
Tinja Wyman, office supervisor

Department Information

Mission statement
The music department  serves the academic community through offering of courses, cultural activities, and degrees relevant to the needs of its students. The department functions as the component of a liberal arts institution that provides education in the musical arts. It provides the opportunity for all students to develop into self-sufficient, secure and well-informed musicians, and seeks to instill in them an aspiration for continual growth in knowledge and the acquisition of skills.

The department is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Admission requirement
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 department Web site 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.

Required participation:

  1. All entering music majors must enroll in a theory course at the appropriate level, if a two-year theory sequence has not been satisfactorily completed in previous college or university-level study.
  2. 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. 
  3. All students enrolled in applied music (private lessons) must attend all bi-weekly music major convocations and studio classes and at least seven recitals each quarter. See music Website for large ensemble details and the music student handbook.

Departmental Honors:
Consult the department Web site for information about the departmental Honors program.

Certification Programs:
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, plus meeting all applied proficiencies and ensemble course credits. Consultation with the faculty Music Education Specialist is mandatory for students entering this program.

Department Fees:
All fees are billed to students’ accounts.
$60 fee for each enrolled applied music course.
$40 fee each quarter for students enrolled in Vocal Jazz I.
$40 fee for each scheduled student recital
$15 fee for each MUS 252, 253 and 254 (Class Instrumental Methods) course.
$5 annual locker fee
$5 fee for students enrolled in Percussion Ensemble
University $25 tech fee covers use of electronic equipment used in all music courses. Part-time student 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 each quarter. See the Undergraduate Handbook for policies regarding applied music study. The Handbook is available on the department Web site at Applied Music requirements differ according to the degree.

Ensemble Participation
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 works and classics of the musical canon, 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, 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.


• Keyboard or Guitar Music Performance Major
• Music Education, Broad Area Specialization, B.M.
• Music Education, Choral Music Specialization, B.M.
• Music Education, Instrumental Music Specialization, B.M.
• Music Jazz Specialization, B.A.
• Music Major, B.A.
• Music Minor
• Music Theory/Composition Major, B.M.
• Music Vocal Performance Major, B.M.
• Percussion Performance Major Wind Performance Major String Performance Major, B.M.

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