Music

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The music students and faculty of Western State Colorado University are passionate about making music. Graduates from Western excel as teachers, graduate students, working musicians, and as professionals in the music industry due in large part to the wide range of experiences they enjoyed at Western.

Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty provide a unique environment for Western music students to find their niche in the music world. Nestled in the beautiful Gunnison Valley, the Western State music program is able to attract renowned artists to perform and engage with students. Ensembles from within the program also travel extensively around Colorado and beyond, serving as both ambassadors for the university and providing a means for students to experience the growth of the music business firsthand. Come and enjoy the Western experience with us!

You’ll learn how to perform on stage as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. We’ll provide you with a strong background in music, including the history of different musical traditions, music theory from past to present, and recording and technology in music.

After Graduation

Graduates of Western Music are prepared to enter graduate school or work as teachers, performers, or in the business of music.

In addition to conventional tracks, such as performance, business and education, our students prepare to pursue careers in music therapy, the recording and film industry, music libraries, music publishing, musicology, ethnomusicology and musical theater.

More about the Western Music Program

Learn about or Boston Brass Music Camp and how to participate this coming summer.

Some of our performances are available on our YouTube channel.

Western State Colorado University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

 

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Courses

 MUS 0 - CONCERT AND CONVOCATION ATTENDANCE (0 credits)

Designed to encourage concert and convocation attendance as a means of learning about music literature and style, performance practice, and topics of interest to musicians. Attending 75% of the posted events in each semester (as either listener or performer) qualifies as a 'Satisfactory' grade. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 MUS 100 - FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC (3 credits)

An introduction to music literacy and theory. Students acquire basic skills of reading, writing, and performing music and gain an understanding of scales, intervals, chords, and transposition. The course is open to students with little or no musical background.

 MUS 101 - ORCHESTRA (1 credits)

Open to all who play orchestral instruments and who wish to experience playing orchestral music. The course includes the study and performance of orchestral literature.

 MUS 102 - BAND ( .5-1 credits)

Open to all who play band instruments. The course includes the study and performance of symphonic band literature. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

 MUS 104 - CHORUS ( .5-1 credits)

An opportunity for participation in a vocal ensemble. The WSCU Concert Choir performs choral masterworks from all historical periods of music and also performs major works as part of the WSCU College-Community Choir. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

 MUS 105 - OPERA (1 credits)

Designed to provide experience in musical-dramatic activities. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisite: admission by campus-wide audition.

 MUS 120 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION (1 credits)

An introductory course for the music major interested in music education K-12. This course provides students with an overview of the concepts, methods and techniques used in music education. Students learn the historical, philosophical, and practical conventions, of all areas of music education, including elementary music, choir orchestra, and band. Students examine different aspects involved in teaching music in public schools, goals of various music programs, and existing curricula including sample lesson plans. Included is an introduction to the Colorado standards for music education K-12 and technology used in music education. Prerequisite to the 300-level music education methods classes.

 MUS 121 - INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC ( .5-1 credits)

Designed to give the student-musician rehearsal and performance experience in the area of ensemble and chamber music. Includes the Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, and Jazz Ensembles, as well as Chamber Singers, and additional small ensembles. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time.

 MUS 128 - THEORY OF MUSIC LABORATORY I (1 credits)

Development of musicianship skills related to MUS 129. Students will study, sight read, and perform (voice and keyboard) rhythms, tonicization patterns in major and minor keys, intervals, scales, and diatonic chords. Students will also learn to take melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. (Offered fall) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 129.

 MUS 129 - THEORY OF MUSIC I (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course concentrates on fundamentals such as major and minor scales, meter, rhythm, pitch intervals, key signatures, triads and inversions, simple chord building, harmonic progressions, and voice leading. (Offered fall) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent. Corequisite: MUS 128.

 MUS 130 - THEORY OF MUSIC LABORATORY II (1 credits)

Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS128 and MUS 129 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance (voice and keyboard) and dictation. This course builds on knowledge of diatonic triads with the inclusion of inversions, non-chord tones, and diatonic seventh chords. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 128 and MUS 129 with minimum grades of 'C.' Corequisite: MUS 131.

 MUS 131 - THEORY OF MUSIC II (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 128 and MUS 129 and introduces non-chord tones; diatonic seventh chords, phrase structure and cadences, tonicization and rudimentary counterpoint. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 128 and MUS 129 with minimum grades of 'C.' Corequisite: MUS 130.

 MUS 140 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC (3 credits)

A study of the elements of musical structure designed to form a basis for intelligent listening. Music is selected to illustrate representative styles of music from different historical periods and world cultures. Required of Music majors and minors during their freshman year.

 MUS 173 - PIANO CLASS (1 credits)

Beginning piano.

 MUS 174 - PIANO CLASS (1 credits)

A continuation of MUS 173.

 MUS 180 - PIANO-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 181 - ORGAN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisite: at least four years of private piano study.

 MUS 182 - VOICE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 183 - VIOLIN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 184 - VIOLA-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 185 - CELLO-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 186 - CONTRA BASS-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 187 - FLUTE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 188 - OBOE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 189 - CLARINET-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 190 - BASSOON-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 191 - SAXOPHONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 192 - TRUMPET-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 193 - FRENCH HORN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 194 - TROMBONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 195 - BARITONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 196 - TUBA-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 198 - PERCUSSION-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction.

 MUS 212 - INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1 credits)

Designed to acquaint students with music technology hardware (including MIDI-Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and a variety of software programs to enhance learning, teaching, and performing situations at all ages and levels. Students have the opportunity to work with available equipment. Offered in alternate years (Fall 2013). Prerequisite: MUS 100 or MUS 129 with a minimum grade of C or instructor permission.

 MUS 213 - WOODWIND METHODS WITH LABORATORY (1 credits)

Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all woodwind instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010).

 MUS 214 - BRASS METHODS WITH LABORATORY (1 credits)

Designed to cover basic performing skills and teaching techniques for all brass instruments. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall 2009).

 MUS 215 - STRING METHODS WITH LABORATORY (1 credits)

Instruction in violin, viola, violoncello and bass for the Music Education student. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (fall of even years).

 MUS 216 - PERCUSSION METHODS WITH LABORATORY (1 credits)

An introduction to the basic percussion instruments with special attention given to standard and contemporary performance techniques and sound production. Emphasis is on application in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring of odd years).

 MUS 217 - VOICE METHODS WITH LABORATORY (1 credits)

A study of tone production, breathing as applied to singing, attack and release, muscular control, posture, and vocal health. Special exercises adapted to individual needs of pupils and simple English songs are sung in the class. Emphasis is on basic skills and techniques for use with young voices in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Offered in alternate years (spring 2014).

 MUS 240 - PERSPECTIVES IN MUSIC: JAZZ HISTORY/MUSIC IN MEDIA/WOMEN IN MUSIC/ OTHER TOPICS (3 credits)

A study of a specific perspective or repertory of music and its relationship to other aspects of musical culture. Historical, sociological, and multicultural influences and implications, are also considered. The course may be taken two times (with different titles) for credit.

 MUS 245 - HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL (3 credits)

An introductory course emphasizing the history and development of Rock and Roll music. The growth and development of major historical periods of rock music and related styles will be explored through the study of historical, social, political and cultural influence. Music is selected to illustrate representative styles of music from different historical periods of Rock music and culture.

 MUS 250 - BEGIN CONDUCTING: CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL (2 credits)

A study of the basic techniques of conducting, score reading, beat patterns, rehearsal procedures, and style in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises, coordination, and the development of fundamental baton techniques. Students conduct in class and observe rehearsal situations with the College ensembles. Offered in alternate even numbered years (fall term). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of "C."

 MUS 253 - THEORY OF MUSIC LABORATORY III (1 credits)

Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS130 and MUS 131 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance(voice and keyboard) and dictation. Studies incorporate modulation using diatonic chords, mode mixture, chromaticism, and secondary dominants. (Offered fall)Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of "C." Corequisite: MUS 254.

 MUS 254 - THEORY OF MUSIC III (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 130 and MUS 131 and introduces modulation, chromaticism and altered chords, extension of tertian harmony, and binary and ternary forms. (Offered fall) Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with minimum grades of "C." Corequisite: MUS 253.

 MUS 255 - THEORY OF MUSIC LABORATORY IV (1 credits)

Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 253 and MUS 254 and develop those areas of musicianship through performance (voice and keyboard) and dictation. This course continues the study of chromaticism including enharmonic modulations, extended chords, and harmonic practices of the late nineteenth and twentieth century. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 253 and MUS 254 with minimum grades of 'C.' Corequisite: MUS 256.

 MUS 256 - THEORY OF MUSIC IV (3 credits)

A study of musical analysis, notation, and composition. This course builds on knowledge gained in MUS 253 and MUS 254 and introduces extended chords, quartal harmony, expanded tonality and serialism, additional twentieth-century compositional techniques, and counterpoint. (Offered spring) Prerequisites: MUS 253 and MUS 254 with minimum grades of "C." Corequisite: MUS 255.

 MUS 275 - PIANO CLASS (1 credits)

A continuation of MUS 174.

 MUS 276 - PIANO CLASS (1 credits)

A continuation of MUS 275.

 MUS 285 - PEDAGOGY APPLIED INSTR VOICE (2 credits)

The student becomes acquainted with the methods and materials to be used in the teaching of music students, in both private and class situations.

 MUS 290 - INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION (1 credits)

An introduction to improvisation for singers and instrumentalists including improvisational experiences in a variety of styles (jazz, classical, and other), integration of music theory with improvisation, and methods of teaching improvisation. Required of majors in the Music Education Emphasis. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010). Prerequisites: MUS 130 and MUS 131 with a minimum grades of "C", or instructor permission.

 MUS 301 - ORCHESTRA (1 credits)

Open to all who play orchestral instruments and who wish to experience playing orchestral music. The course includes the study and performance of orchestral literature. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 101; instructor permission.

 MUS 302 - BAND ( .5-1 credits)

Open to all who play band instruments. The course includes the study and performance of marching and symphonic band literature. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 102; instructor permission.

 MUS 304 - CHORUS ( .5-1 credits)

An opportunity for participation in a vocal ensemble. The WSC Concert Choir performs choral masterworks from all historical periods of music and also performs major works as part of the WSC College-Community Choir. Membership is open to Music majors and non-Music majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 104; instructor permission.

 MUS 305 - OPERA (1 credits)

Designed to provide experience in musical-dramatic activities. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisites: admission by campus-wide audition; junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 105; instructor permission.

 MUS 306 - PIANO ENSEMBLE (1 credits)

Designed to acquaint the piano student with ensemble repertoire and performance traditions. Prerequisite: four credits of piano private study or equivalent performance background.

 MUS 311 - PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF COMPOSITION (3 credits)

A study of the basic principles of composition. Harmonic, contrapuntal, and formal structures of various stylistic periods are employed. Prerequisites: MUS 255 and MUS 256 with minimum grades of "C."

 MUS 320 - SCORING (2 credits)

A study of techniques of arranging for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Prerequisite: MUS 256 with minimum grade of "C."

 MUS 321 - INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC (0.5 credits)

Designed to give the student-musician rehearsal and performance experience in the area of ensemble and chamber music. Includes the Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, and Jazz Ensembles, as well as Chamber Singers and additional small ensembles. Membership is open to Music Majors and non-Music Majors by audition. Credit is determined by the type of ensemble and amount of rehearsal time. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 121; instructor permission.

 MUS 350 - ADVANCED CONDUCTING: CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL (2 credits)

5A study of advanced techniques of conducting, score reading, musical style, materials, and repertoire in the instrumental and vocal media. Emphasis is placed on physical exercises and coordination of the mind and hands, as well as musical terms necessary for proper interpretation of musical scores. Students conduct in both class and laboratory situations with College ensembles. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with minimum grade of "C."

 MUS 352 - HISTORY OF MUSIC (3 credits)

A study of the development of music from Antiquity through the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Emphasis is placed on acquaintance with the music literature of successive periods. Offered in alternate years (fall 2009). Prerequisites: Music major or minor status; MUS 140.

 MUS 353 - HISTORY OF MUSIC (3 credits)

A study of the development of music from the Classical and Romantic periods to the present. Emphasis is placed on acquaintance with the music literature of successive periods. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010). Prerequisites: Music major or minor status; MUS 140.

 MUS 355 - COUNTERPOINT (2 credits)

A study of contrapuntal techniques necessary to compose polyphonic music in two, three, four, or more parts. Prerequisites: MUS 255 and MUS 256 with minimum grades of "C."

 MUS 360 - TEACHNG GENERAL MUSIC IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2 credits)

A study of the teaching of general music, working with children's voices, using instruments, and developing listening skills. Current approaches such as Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki are also addressed. Students survey elementary music texts and learn how to develop and plan a music program. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and MUS 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 MUS 365 - METHODS AND PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND SUPERVISING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: K-12 (2 credits)

A study of the supervision, organization, and administration of instrumental music in the public schools, K-12, providing background and experience with the philosophical, historical, and practical foundation of instrumental music in the public schools. Emphasis is placed upon contemporary methodology, all aspects of teaching and conducting activities in instrumental music, comprehensive musicianship through performance, and preparation for student teaching. Offered in alternate years (fall 2014). Prerequisites: MUS 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 MUS 370 - METHODS AND PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND SUPERVISING VOCAL MUSIC IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: K-12 (2 credits)

An intensive study of materials and methods for teaching vocal and general music in the elementary and secondary school, plus objectives, organization, administration, curriculum content, guidance for student teachers, and background in contemporary trends in music education for all age levels, K-12. Offered in alternate years (spring 2015). Prerequisites: MUS 120 and 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 MUS 380 - PIANO-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 180; instructor permission.

 MUS 381 - ORGAN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisite: at least four years of piano study; junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 181; instructor permission.

 MUS 382 - VOICE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 182; instructor permission.

 MUS 383 - VIOLIN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 183; instructor permission.

 MUS 384 - VIOLA-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 184; instructor permission.

 MUS 385 - CELLO-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 185; instructor permission.

 MUS 386 - CONTRA BASS-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 186; instructor permission.

 MUS 387 - FLUTE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 187; instructor permission.

 MUS 388 - OBOE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 188; instructor permission.

 MUS 389 - CLARINET-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 189; instructor permission.

 MUS 390 - BASSOON-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 190; instructor permission.

 MUS 391 - SAXOPHONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 191; instructor permission.

 MUS 392 - TRUMPET-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 192; instructor permission.

 MUS 393 - FRENCH HORN-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 193; instructor permission.

 MUS 394 - TROMBONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 194; instructor permission.

 MUS 395 - BARITONE-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 195; instructor permission.

 MUS 396 - TUBA-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 196; instructor permission.

 MUS 398 - PERCUSSION-PRIVATE LESSONS ( 1-2 credits)

Private instruction. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; minimum of one semester of MUS 198; instructor permission.

 MUS 400 - SENIOR RECITAL/ SENIOR PROJECT (0 credits)

Students demonstrate competency in an area of performance, research, composition, or music technology. Senior projects may include a research project, composition, music technology project, or non-credit internship. Graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: senior standing and consent of faculty advisor.

 MUS 424 - BAND LITERATURE (2 credits)

A study and analysis of the literature available to the concert band and the various types of large wind ensembles.

 MUS 426 - LITERATURE FOR THE APPLIED INSTRUMENT OR VOICE (2 credits)

An historical study of the standard repertoire for the applied instrument or voice.

 MUS 429 - DICTION FOR SINGERS (2 credits)

A basic course in Italian, German, and French diction designed for voice students. Foreign language diction are studied in selected vocal repertoire.

 MUS 488 - COMPOSITION (3 credits)

Students write original compositions for solo or ensemble performing media.

 MUS 490 - WORKSHOP IN MUSIC ( 1-6 credits)

A study of topics related to music study suitable for workshop format. Includes discussion, practice, and demonstration.

 MUS 491 - SEMINAR IN RESEARCH (2 credits)

Senior students research and write papers in the area of music appropriate to their courses of study. Offered in alternate years (spring 2010).

 MUS 492 - INDEPENDENT STUDY ( 1-4 credits)

A special study in areas of student interest. May be taken for a maximum of four credits.

 MUS 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1-6 credits)

Special topics (1-6 credit hours, to be determined by faculty, department and student)

 MUS 499 - INTERNSHIP ( 1-12 credits)

An internship may be arranged in this course. Credit earned in this course may be applied to the major or minor with faculty approval. Consult advisor for details.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Alumni Music Scholarship Fund

Alumni Music Scholarship Fun Available to:

Both resident and non-resident students. Must have applied and been accepted by Western and the Music program. Must be a full-time student majoring in one of the areas of music offered by the Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Alumni of Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

To Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Anne, Lisa Memorial Scholarship

Anne, Lisa Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Music majors or minors who can demonstrate financial need, a high grade point average, and composition ability.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Lisa's father, Mr. Jim Harmon.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Jim Harmon and the Music Department Faculty

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Annin, Leora (Cooper) Memorial Scholarship

Annin, Leora (Cooper) Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Music majors at Western State Colorado University. Applicant must be a full-time student, a junior or senior and recommended by one or more Western music faculty. Award is based on musical ability, academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in college and community affairs.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends to perpetuate the memory of Leora Annin, who was a life-long friend of Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Ash, Rodney String Scholarship

Ash, Rodney String (Music) Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time music major with preference to strings and a secondary preference to keyboards. GPA of 3.0 or better. Must participate in private music lessons and an appropriate large ensemble.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Ann Ash to honor Rodney, former Chair of Music Department.

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Selected by:

The Western State Colorado University Music Dept. faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Damson, F. George Music Award

Damson, F. George Music Award is Available to:

Winner of the Damson Music Performance Competition. Contestants perform for 20 minutes (5 min. memorized) on Damson recital. Must be music majors who are enrolled in at least 12 credit-hours at Western.

Music Award Provided by:

Mr. Damson’s daughter, Mary Kay Arbuthnot, and family.

Amount: $500 cash prize awarded after student performs a solo recital within one year of winning contest.

Award Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Music Faculty members.

Application:

Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Music Scholarship

De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Student must have a GPA of 2.5, have been accepted to Western, be a music major, and be a Colorado resident.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Family members of Mabel de Koevend.

Amount: Awards depend on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3090 - Quigley Hall 101

Other: Scholarship may be renewable.

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Heiny, Lloyd Memorial Music Scholarship

Heiny, Lloyd Memorial Music Scholarship Available to:

Full-time students with a declared or a plan to declare a Music major. Must have a 3.0 GPA or better and proven music abilities, skills, and promise as observed by Western Music faculty. Must participate in musical organizations associated with their major performance medium.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Dorothy Dye Heiny to celebrate her late husband Lloyd.

Amount: Depending on funds available.

Scholarship Selected by:

Western Music Faculty. Application: Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Johnson, Bruce Memorial Scholarship

Johnson, Bruce Memorial Scholarship Available to:

Colorado residents who have been accepted for admittance to Western or a full-time Western student; a minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Must be enrolled in band at Western while receiving the scholarship.

Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends of Bruce who died suddenly during his freshman year. Since Bruce was unable to fulfill his dreams, the family wishes to help other students achieve their goals.

Amount: $2,000 for one academic year.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101 Other: Recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA at Western in order to qualify for subsequent payments during the year.

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Killian, David and Shirley Music Scholarship

Killian, David and Shirley Music/Art Scholarship is Available to:

Music majors, must be enrolled full-time, obtained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be an active participant in the Department of Art and Music activities and organizations.

Scholarship Provided by:

Shirley Killian, a graduate of Western State Colorado University (B.A. in Education, 1940) and her late husband, David who earned both his B.A. (Music Education, 1939) and M.A. (Education, 1946) degrees from Western State Colorado University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Music Faculty. Application: Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

Find out more about Western's Art Program at www.western.edu/art

 Kincaid, John & Georgie Instrumental Music Scholarship

Kincaid, John & Georgie Instrumental Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students at Western who can demonstrate financial need and have musical ability/promise. Must also be a full-time participant in the Symphonic Band or Orchestra.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

John and Georgie Kincaid and friends.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music

 Milheim, Wayne H. Scholarship

Wilheim, Wayne H. Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students with a major or minor in music, preference given to incoming freshman who have been accepted, however all may apply. Students must be recommended by one or more members of the Western Music faculty.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Wayne Milheim, a long time friend and philanthropist to the Western State Colorado University Music Department, who received his B.M. degree from the Chicago Conservancy of Music in 1950 and his M.A. from Western State Colorado University in 1966.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Music Faculty. Application: Contact the Department of Art and Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music program at www.western.edu/music.

 Porter, Marjorie Memorial Music Scholarship

Porter, Marjorie Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time, vocal music major; must maintain a 2.5 GPA or greater.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Her husband, other family members and friends to perpetuate her memory. Marjorie Porter, a graduate of Western State Colorado University, was involved in the College and Gunnison community for more than fifty years. A talented musician, writer, and artist, she maintained a life-long interest in vocal music performance.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 Ranson, Jean Vocal Music Scholarship

Ranson, Jean Vocal Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students, vocal music majors who are outstanding Western State Colorado University sophomore or junior students. Must demonstrate unique talents in voice performance.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends as a memorial to Jean who participated in and supported a variety of choral and concert activities in Gunnison for many years.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty. Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 Redding, Edwyl Memorial Piano and Organ Scholarship Fund

Redding, Edwyl Memorial Piano and Organ Scholarship is Available to:

Western State Colorado University students pursuing instruction in piano or organ. Must be a full-time student.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

A bequest in Miss Redding's estate and from gifts from former students, colleagues, and friends. Edwyl Redding was one of Western's most loved music professors. She joined the faculty in 1918 and for the next 42 years she played a significant role in the development of the College. Professor and administrator, Ms. Redding's legacy to Western include two musical compositions, "Alma Mater- Western State Colorado University of Colorado" and "Ode To Western," the official hymn of the University.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Department of Music.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 Rule-Vouga, Marguerite Memorial Music Scholarship

Rule-Vouga, Marguerite Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Music majors who will have obtained sophomore or junior status. Must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 and participate in performing organization or music activity. Preference shall be given to students with a vocal music emphasis.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Mrs. Marguerite Rule.

Amount: Award depends on availability of funds.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Music Department Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 Turner, Les Music Scholarship

Turner, Les Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time Western student, sophomore standing or higher, who is a full-time participant in Symphonic Band, Orchestra, or Concert Choir. Recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and have musical ability/promise. Financial need will be considered.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Les Turner

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 Walker, Charles R. Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship

Walker, Charles R. Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time Western student majoring in and dedicated to music. Recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2 and demonstrate financial need.

Music Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends of Charles R. Walker Jr.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

 University Performing Arts Scholarship

University Performing Arts Scholarship is Available to:

Colorado resident, full-time entering (freshman or transfer) student, Minimum 3.0 GPA and ACT 20/SAT 950

Performing Arts Scholarship Provided by:

Colorado General Assembly

Amount:  Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Music Faculty.

Application:  Contact the Department of Music for scholarship application and deadline information. (970) 943-3093 - Quigley Hall 101

Find out more about Western's Music Program at www.western.edu/music.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Chair Department of Music
B.M., Brigham Young University; M.M., University of North Texas; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma-Norman.
Phone: (970) 943-3023
Office Location: Quigley Hall 208
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., University of Georgia, M.M., University of Georgia, D.M.A., University of Kansas
Phone: (970) 943-3012
Office Location: Quigley Hall 203
Associate Professor
B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., Universityof Iowa; D.M.A., University of Kansas.
Phone: (970) 943-3034
Office Location: Quigley Hall 206
Senior Lecturer in Music
B.M., University of Nebraska at Omaha; M.M., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2162
Office Location: Quigley Hall 209
Emeritus Professor of Music
B.M.E., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., M.F.A., D.M.A., University of Iowa.
Phone: (970) 943-3054
Office Location: Quigley Hall 210
Professor of Music
M.M., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; J.D., University of Wyoming; B.M.E., University of Northern Colorado; D.M.A., University of North Texas.
Phone: (970) 943-2169
Office Location: Quigley Hall 201