Music

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Courses

For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

 MUS 128 - Theory of Music Laboratory I (1 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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 cred.)

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

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Robert Barrett, DMA headshot
Professor of Music
Phone: 970.943.3023
Office Location: Quigley Hall 208
Alicia Belgiovane, MAT headshot
Adjunct Lecturer Music Education, Collaborative Pianist
Phone: 970.943.2165
Office Location: Quigley Hall 206
Ben Justis, DMA headshot
Lecturer in Music
Phone: 970.943.3012
Office Location: Quigley Hall 212
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

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 our scholarships page.

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 our scholarships page.

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 our scholarships page.

Get Involved

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.

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.

Learn More

Reach out for more information about the program.

Kenneth_W_Todd
Department of Music Program Director, Senior Lecturer in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Director of Applied String Studios
Phone: 
Office Location: 
Quigley Hall 209

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