Information for New Students
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I take the Music Theory Placement Exam?
- How do I sign up for lessons?
- Do lessons cost money?
- Are there scholarships available for lessons?
- When are the Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble auditions?
- I need a practice room to prepare for auditions. How can I get access to one?
- I'm a percussionist and need to prepare for auditions. How can I get access to percussion instruments?
- I hear there's a new production center - how do I get access?
- I want to form a band this year on campus. Is there a room in the department where we can practice?
- I have an instrument that I don't want to keep in my room. Is there an instrument locker I can use?
- Is there an Oxy instrument I can borrow such as a string bass, viola, etc.?
Music Theory Placement Exam
Whether you’re interested in majoring in Music or simply taking a songwriting or production course, you will need to begin by taking music theory courses. If you’ve already studied music theory, then you need to take the online Music Theory Placement Exam, if you haven’t done so already. If you haven’t studied music theory previously, then you should enroll in MUSC 101 Music Theory I, which is only offered in the fall semester.
PLEASE NOTE, the four-course music theory sequence is offered every academic year as follows:
Fall Semester MUSC 101, MUSC 251/251A
Spring Semester MUSC 151/151A, MUSC 351/351A
Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions
If you want to take private lessons for voice or an instrument, or if you want to play in an ensemble, you need to fill out the Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions form. These informal auditions will help us place you with an instructor suited to your needs. You will also be considered for ensemble scholarships.
The 2022-2023 Music Lesson Placement & Ensemble Scholarship Auditions will take place in-person at Bird Studio in Booth Hall, date TBD.
If you want to perform in an ensemble, you should sign up for an audition. All audition schedules and sign-up sheets, as well as descriptions of each of our ensembles, can be found on the Ensembles page. If you're new to playing music, don't worry; College Chorus, Son Jarocho Ensemble, and Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble don't require auditions and welcome beginners.
Music Major Information Session
If you are even remotely considering majoring in Music, you should attend this session. All current Music majors will be in attendance.