FAQs for Music Majors

Frequently Asked Questions
by St. Olaf Music Majors and Direct Links to Answers

(Complete information about music at St. Olaf College can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/department-of-music/ and http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/.)

 

Music Major Admission and Continuance

Q: I am a Bachelor of Arts music major. How do I apply for admission to the Bachelor of Music degree?
A: Complete application instructions can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-major-entrance-and-continuance-information/.

Q: Where do I find degree program application forms?
A: Download application forms from http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/ or pick one up from the music office in HOM 245.

Q: How do I know what repertoire to play/sing for my entrance audition?
A: Consult your performance studies teacher and see repertoire requirements for entrance to the music major at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/appendix-a-ba-entrance-repertoire/.

Q: Who is required to complete a continuance review and what is the process?
A: Answers to both questions can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-major-entrance-and-continuance-information/.

Q: Are the repertoire requirements for entrance and continuance the same? 
A: In some cases it is. Find repertoire requirements for continuance in a program at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/appendix-b-bm-entrance-repertoire/.

 

Music Education

Q: Can you tell me more about Music Education at St. Olaf?
A: Yes, information about both the Bachelor of Arts Music Major with Teaching Credential and the Bachelor of Music Education degree can be found at
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-education/.

 

Music Lessons, Recital Attendance, and Juries

Q: What do I do if I want to take lessons? 
A: Complete information about performance studies (lessons) at St. Olaf can be found at
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-performance-studies-lessons/.

Q: Can I take lessons on more than one instrument?
A: Yes, but consider the cost and the time commitment first. Check out
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-performance-studies-lessons/.

Q: I am taking music lessons and my teacher says I must practice every day. How do I get a practice room?
A: Practice is an important part of studying a musical instrument. Practice room sign up information can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/practice-rooms/.

Q: I am taking music lessons and I heard there is a recital attendance requirement. What is this? How do I know how many recitals to attend and how do I know which recitals count towards the recital attendance requirement?
A: There is a recital attendance requirement if you are registered for performance studies. Answers to all three questions can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/recital-attendance-requirements/.

Q: I am taking music lessons and I heard I must perform an end-of-semester jury. What is this and how do I know what type of jury I should perform?
A: An end-of-semester jury is required of all students registered for performance studies. Answers to both questions can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/juries/.

 

Recitals

Q: Can I perform in a recital? Do I have to be taking music lessons?
A. Yes, you may perform in a recital. You must be registered for performance studies on the instrument/voice in the semester you wish to perform. Find out about Student Recitals, Junior and Senior Recitals, Chamber Ensemble, Composition, Advanced Conducting Recitals and Informal Recitals at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/recital-guidelines/.

Q: I heard that performance on a recital is a graduation requirement for my major. What type of performance is required and how often do I have to perform?
A: Complete information on performance requirements for the music major can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/performance-requirements-for-music-majors/.

Q: Where do I find recital application forms?
A: Download application forms from http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/ or pick one up from the music office in HOM 245.

 

Pianists

Q: I have a jury and a recital coming up and my teacher tells me I need to find a pianist. How do I find one?
A: There are three types of collaborative pianists at St. Olaf: student pianists, staff pianists, and other professional pianists. Find out details on deadlines for securing a pianist and what type of pianist is available to play for you athttp://www.stolaf.edu/depts/music/handbook/collaborativepianists.html.

Q: How does my collaborative pianist get paid?
A: Complete details and instructions can be found at
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/collaborative-pianists/.
You should also check out The Soloist’s Guide at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/.

Q: I’m a pianist and I’d like to accompany juries and recitals. May I, and if so, what is the procedure?
A: Yes, student pianists are important part of collaborative piano at St. Olaf. Check out
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/collaborative-pianists/.
You should also check out The Pianist’s Guide at
http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/.

 

Miscellaneous

Q: What music ensembles does St. Olaf offer and who are the directors? When do ensembles rehearse?
A: A complete list of ensembles and directors can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-ensembles-and-directors/. A list of rehearsal times for all ensembles can be found on the information table next to CHM 104.

Q: Where is the music library and what are its hours?
A: The Halvorsen Music Library is located on the first floor of Christiansen Hall of Music. Regular hours (non-holiday or break hours) can be found at: http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-library-hours/.

Q: I have heard that a student can get a key to rooms in CHM, HOM or Skifter. Is this true?
A: Yes, but only under certain circumstances. For details see http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/keys/ or see Cheryl Bristol in HOM 245.

Q: What do I do if I have a concern or comment about music at St. Olaf?
A: The Music Department Student Committee serves as a liaison between students and music faculty. Find out who they are and how to contact them at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/music-department-student-committee/.

Q: What do I do if I am on work study and would like to work in the music department?
A: Go to http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-work-opportunities/.

Q: I heard that I have a keyboard proficiency requirement for graduation. What is it and what do I do?
A: Complete information on keyboard proficiency requirements for music majors can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/keyboard-proficiency-requirements/.

Q: How can I track whether or not I am meeting all my graduation requirements?
A: You can download a worksheet for your specific degree program at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/student-resources/.

Q: Does the St. Olaf music department have student chapters of national music organizations such as ACDA, MENC, and NATS. How do I get information?
A: Yes, see http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/pkl-acda-menc-nats/.

Q: I heard some seniors get to perform with the St. Olaf Orchestra at a spring concert. Is this true and where do I find information about this?
A: Some seniors are selected to perform with the orchestra on the Senior Soloists Concert held each May. Consult your performance studies teacher and check out http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/senior-soloists/.

Q: I am a senior and I heard some departments award Departmental Distinction. What is it and what do I need to do?
A: The music department does award Departmental Distinction. Information on eligibility, process and requirements can be found at http://wp.stolaf.edu/music/departmental-distinction/.