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.

Scholarships for Incoming Students

All incoming students are welcome to audition for a music scholarship, regardless of whether you intend to become a music major.

More about the Western Music Program

Some of our performances are available on our YouTube channel.

See our picture gallery.

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

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Profiles

Kevin McCall
Western is the only place I know where I can have any experience I want, from classical and jazz to steel pan performing and academic research opportunities.
Randi Andersen Tolme
"Gunnison and Western have a community unlike anything I've seen anywhere else."
Kellie Egging
“My experiences at Western sparked my creativity and allowed me to pursue my interests in a wide variety of subjects, ultimately leading me to discover my career path with music."
Kali Sheldon
"I left Western as a well-rounded musician, an effective leader, and a proud graduate with interviews and job offers."
"The relationships formed during my time at Western continue to challenge me and help me today"
"Western gave me the education, freedom, and confidence to pursue my dream career as a successful Colorado band director"
Matt Mazur
"Western is more than just your typical college experience, but an extraordinary University at an extremely low price."
Rebecca and Quinn Bryant
'When we arrived at Western in 2011, people accepted us as we were: two people attempting to navigate life’s chaos.'

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. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 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.

 Marguerite Vouga Rule Music Scholarship

Marguerite Vouga Rule 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:

Ed and 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.

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of offered by Western State 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 intelligentlistening. Music is selected to illustrate representative styles of music from differenthistorical periods and world cultures. Required of Music majors and minors duringtheir 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).

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Robert H. Barrett
Professor of Music, 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
Lecturer in Music
Phone: 970.943.2165
Office Location: Quigley Hall 206
Lecturer in Music
B.M., Ohio State University; M.M., Belmont University, Nashville, TN; D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Phone: 970.943.3012
Office Location: Quigley 212
Heather D. Roberson
Professor of Music
B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Iowa; D.M.A., University of Kansas.
Phone: (970) 943-3034
Office Location: Quigley Hall 207
Lecturer in Music
B.M., James Madison University; M.M., West Texas A&M University; D.M.A., University of Kentucky
Phone: 970.943.2201
Office Location: Quigley Hall 204
Kenneth W. Todd
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
Martha Violett
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