Music

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    • Major
    • Minor
    • K-12 Licensure

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    Ensembles

    • Band: Symphony and Varsity.

    • Vocal: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

    • Jazz: Groups include the large Jazz Ensemble, “High Altitude” Dixieland Combo and Modern Jazz Combo.

    • Orchestra: Performs together regularly as a string ensemble, full orchestra and a small chamber group. Orchestra and Choir combine together to perform major works as well.

    • Other: Instrumental ensembles are open to all interested performers and include Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String, Jazz Ensembles and Flute Choir, as well as additional small ensembles.

    Scholarships

    Program-Based Scholarships

    Alumni Music Scholarship Fund

    Eligibility

    • Both resident and non-resident students
    • Must be a full-time student majoring in one of the areas of music offered by the Western's Music Department

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the Alumni of Western Colorado University Music Department. 

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: The Music Department

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Anne, Lisa Memorial Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Music majors or minors
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • High GPA 
    • Composition ability

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Lisa's father, Mr. Jim Harmon.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Jim Harmon and the Music Department Faculty

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Annin, Leora (Cooper) Memorial Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time juniors or seniors in Music who are recommended by one or more Western Music faculty
    • Award is based on musical ability, academic achievement, leadership and involvement in college and community affairs

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to perpetuate the memory of Leora Annin, who was a life-long friend of Western Colorado University.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: The Music Department

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

     

    Ash, Rodney String Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time music major
    • Preference to strings 
    • Secondary preference to keyboards
    • 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Must participate in music lessons and an appropriate large ensemble

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Ann Ash to honor Rodney, former Chair of the Music Department.

    Depending on funds available.

    Selected by: Music faculty

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Damson, F. George Music Award

    Eligibility

    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.

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Mr. Damson’s daughter, Mary Kay Arbuthnot, and family.

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

    Selected by: Music Faculty members.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202

    De Koevend, Mabel Memorial Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • 2.5 GPA or higher
    • Must have been accepted to Western
    • Must be a declared Music major
    • Must be a Colorado resident

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the family members of Mabel de Koevend.

    Awards depend on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3090 | Quigley Hall 101

    Scholarship may be renewable.

    Heiny, Lloyd Memorial Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

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

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Dorothy Dye Heiny to celebrate her late husband Lloyd.

    Depending on funds available.

    Selected By: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Johnson, Bruce Memorial Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Colorado residents
    • Accepted for admittance to Western or a full-time Western student
    • Minimum 2.5 high school GPA
    • Must be enrolled at Western while receiving the scholarship

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the 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.

    $2,000 for one academic year.

    Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department 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.

     

    Killian, David and Shirley Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time students who are Music majors
    • Obtained a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
    • Must be an active participant in the Music Department and/or Art department organizations

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Western alumni Shirley Killian (B.A. in Education, 1940) and her late husband, David (B.A. Music Education, 1939) and M.A. (Education, 1946). 

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department and/or Art Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

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    Kincaid, John & Georgie Instrumental Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time students at Western
    • Demonstrate financial need 
    • Have musical ability and promise
    • Must be a full-time participant in the Symphonic Band or Orchestra

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by John and Georgie Kincaid and friends.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

    Application: Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Milheim, Wayne H. Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • 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

    Description

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

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Porter, Marjorie Memorial Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time student
    • Vocal music major
    • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by her husband, other family members and friends to perpetuate her memory. Marjorie Porter, a graduate of Western 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.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: The Music Department 

    Application

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Ranson, Jean Vocal Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time students
    • Vocal majors who are outstanding Western Colorado University sophomore or junior students
    • Must demonstrate unique talents in voice performance

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the 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.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Redding, Edwyl Memorial Piano and Organ Scholarship Fund

    Eligibility

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

    Description

    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 University. Professor and administrator, Ms. Redding's legacy to Western include two musical compositions, "Alma Mater - Western Colorado University of Colorado" and "Ode To Western," the official hymn of the University.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: The Music Department 

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Marguerite Vouga Rule Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

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

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Ed and Marguerite Rule.

    Award depends on availability of funds.

    Selected by: Western Colorado University Music Department Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Turner, Les Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time Western student
    • Sophomore standing or higher
    • Full-time participant in Symphonic Band, Orchestra, or Concert Choir
    • Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Must have musical ability and promise
    • Financial need will be considered

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Les Turner.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Walker, Charles R. Jr. Memorial Music Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Full-time student at Western
    • Must be majoring in and dedicated to music
    • Recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2
    • Demonstrates financial need

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Charles R. Walker Jr.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected by: Western's Music Faculty.

    Application:

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    University Performing Arts Scholarship

    Eligibility

    • Colorado resident
    • Full-time entering (freshman or transfer) student
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
    • ACT 20+/SAT 950+

    Description

    This scholarship is provided by Colorado General Assembly.

    Award depends on funds available.

    Selected By: Western Music Faculty.

    Application:  

    Contact the Music Department for scholarship application and deadline information.

    970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 101

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit western.edu/scholarships.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty

    Robert Barrett, DMA headshot
    Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.3023
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 208
    Alicia Belgiovane, M.A.T. headshot
    Adjunct Lecturer Music Education, Collaborative Pianist
    Phone: 970.943.2165
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 206
    Heather D.  Roberson, DMA headshot
    Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.3034
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 207
    Steven S. Siegel headshot
    Assistant Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.2201
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 204
    Sam Smythe headshot
    Music Technology Instructor
    Phone: 970.943.7025
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 216
    Kenneth Todd, M.M. headshot
    Department of Music Program Director, Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Director of Applied String Studios
    Phone: 970.943.2162
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 209
    Martha Violett, DMA headshot
    Emeritus Professor of Music
    Phone: 970.943.3054
    Office Location: Quigley Hall 210

    Courses

    FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

     MUS 128 - Theory of Music Laboratory I (1 credits)

    Development of musicianship skills related to MUS 129. Students will study, sight read, and perform rhythms, melodies in major and minor keys, intervals, scales, and diatonic chord progressions. Students will also learn to take melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. (Offered spring) 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, chord building, harmonic progressions, figured bass interpretation, and voice leading. (Offered spring) Prerequisite: MUS 100 or the equivalent.

     MUS 130 - Theory of Music Laboratory II (1 credits)

    Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 128 and MUS 129 and develop those areas of musicianship through voice performance and dictation. This course builds on knowledge of diatonic triads with the inclusion of inversions, 4-part harmonic contexts, and diatonic seventh chords. Sight singing exercises feature greater melodic leaps and syncopation. (Offered fall) Prerequisite: 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, small forms, and cadences. This course completes the comprehensive study of diatonic, common practice harmony. (Offered fall) Prerequisites: MUS 129 with minimum grade of C.

     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 212 - Introduction to Music Technology (1 credits)

    Designed to acquaint students with music technology hardware (including MIDI Ð Music 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 ÒCÓ or instructor permission.

     MUS 253 - Theory of Music Laboratory III (1 credits)

    Designed to enhance and build on the musical skills and knowledge learned in MUS 130 and MUS 131 and develop those areas of musicianship through voice performance and dictation. Studies incorporate modulation using diatonic chords, modal mixture, chromaticism, and secondary dominants. Chromatic solfege is featured in melodic sight singing. (Offered Spring) 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 secondary dominants, modulation, chromaticism, extension of tertian harmony, and larger form structures. (Offered Spring) 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 voice performance and dictation. This course focuses on compositional practices of the twentieth century and includes modal melodic dictation, rhythmic dictation and sight singing with changing meters, and atonal sight singing. (Offered Fall) 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 introduces styles and techniques associated with twentieth century composition. Studies include impressionism, set theory, serialism, post-1945 serialism, neotonality, minimalism, and transformational languages. (Offered Fall) Prerequisites: MUS 253 and MUS 254 with minimum grades of C. Corequisite: MUS 255.

     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 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 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).

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    • Major
    • Minor
    • K-12 Licensure

    Music students train in a welcoming and supportive environment, perform in the inspiring Kincaid Concert Hall and reach their full potential through diverse performance opportunities and one-on-one coaching and preparation.

    The theory and performance of music require the integration of technical skills, creativity and analytical thinking. Music students work closely with faculty musicians in classes, ensembles and private lessons to acquire musicianship skills, develop performance abilities, learn about music’s role in past and present cultures, and gain the tools needed for lifelong teaching and learning.

    The Program

    The Music program has three comprehensive emphases: Music, Music Education and Music Business. All programs require study in all areas of music, including: theory, keyboard skills, history and literature, individual and group performance and conducting, and research methods. The Music Education emphasis includes additional methods and techniques courses designed to qualify students for music-teacher licensure in Colorado. Additional Education courses for the K-12 licensure are administered by the Education Program.

    Two music minors are also available: Music (general) and Music Technology. The Music minor consists of theory and history courses and electives chosen from the offerings of the Music Department. The Music Technology minor is designed for all students regardless of prior experience in music or technology. This interdisciplinary program introduces students to music theory, acoustics, production techniques, and programming fundamentals in preparation for creative and professional opportunities in digital media following graduation.

    Careers

    Music graduates become:

    • Performers
    • Conductors
    • Composers
    • Educators
    • Arrangers, Orchestrators
    • Sound Engineers
    • Composers of Video Game Music
    • Music Therapists
    • Music Industry Professionals

    Learn More

    Reach out to Kenneth Todd, M.M. for more information.