Opportunities for Non-Music Majors

More than 500 students in the College of Liberal Arts are involved in the School of Music each year through participation in large ensembles, individual applied music lessons and music courses.

21st-Century Musician Initiative

The 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. As such, new opportunities are available for non-majors to perform, interact with guest musicians and study a wide variety of topics within the School of Music.

Scholarships for Non-music Majors

Non-music majors who commit to enrolling in large ensembles and enroll in private lessons (in areas other than female voice) may also audition for Music Performance Awards during their senior year of high school. Non-music majors may received award amounts ranging up to $3,000. 

Applied Music Lessons

Individual applied music lessons are offered for more than 20 instruments and voice. Permission of the applied music instructor is required. A fee is charged for both 1/2-hour and 1-hour weekly individual applied music lessons.  Read more about fees.

Music Courses

Multiple course offerings include the following examples.

  • Beginning Class Piano I & II
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • Beginning Class Folk Guitar I & II
  • Music Appreciation
  • Beginning Class Voice I
  • Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors
  • Chamber Music: Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combos and Trombone Choir are a few possibilities. Auditions for these small ensemble opportunities are held prior to the beginning of classes each semester.
  • Large Ensembles: University Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Ensemble are open to all students through auditions that occur prior to the beginning of classes each semester.

Other Performing Opportunities

DePauw Opera – Each year, a fully staged production, double-cast opera is performed. Auditions are open to all students on the DePauw campus. Recent productions include Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, The Coronation of Poppea, Suor Angelica and The Marriage of Figaro.

Musical Theatre – A fully-staged musical is presented each fall in collaboration with the Department of Communication and Theatre. Recent musicals include Spamalot, Parade, Into the Woods and Urinetown.

Opera Scenes and Musical Theatre Scenes – These courses offer students the chance to study and rehearse scenes in a workshop setting, culminating in a presentation of scenes at the end of each semester.

Master Classes – The DePauw School of Music offers a number of master classes throughout the year. Students who participate in individual applied music lessons, chamber music or large ensembles may have the opportunity to participate in these events.

Concerto Competition – The DePauw Concerto Competition takes place annually, offering students enrolled in applied music lessons a chance to compete for the opportunity to perform in a concert with a full orchestra in Kresge Auditorium.

Be the Audience

Whether you are a performing musician or not, the School of Music provides a wealth of concert, production and recital opportunities that can have a major impact on your life. From world-class soloists and ensembles to world-renowned guest artists, there is something for everyone in the School of Music. As the only premier liberal arts institution with a fully accredited School of Music, you have chosen a school in which music plays a large part for all students.

Minors in Music

Two minors are available for College of Liberal Arts students – minor in music and minor in jazz studies.

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Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music (College of Liberal Arts)

Students in the College of Liberal Arts working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) may major in music. Any student wishing to pursue a B.A. in Music, who has not previously auditioned for the School of Music, must successfully complete an audition to declare a major. The major can only be officially declared after the completion of a satisfactory audition. Students fulfill all general University requirements, including the specified distribution area and competency requirements expected of students in the College of Liberal Arts, and must complete 21 credits in courses other than music. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is the music major, which is comprised of required sequences in music theory, music history and literature, as well as performance requirements and music electives. The B.A. degree with a major in music provides an excellent liberal arts experience.

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