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Music

FAQ

A collection of our music departments most frequently asked questions.

Ensembles

Q. Can I play in an ensemble if I'm not a music major?

Auditions

Q. Where do I find information about the audition process?
Q. When are auditions held?

General Information

Q. Which degree is right for me?
Q. Are Jobs available? If so, how do I apply
Q. How can I receive info about upcoming events?

Instruments & Lockers

Q. How do I check out a locker?
Q. What if I need an instrument that I do not own for a class I'm taking?
Q. Can I check out instruments over the Summer?
Q. How and when do I return my instruments and lockers?

Answers

Q. Can I play in an ensemble if I'm not a music major?
A. Yes! There are a number of ensembles that you can be a part of. You will need to audition to earn a spot however. Visit our Ensembles Page for a listing of the CWU music groups.

Q. When are auditions held?
A. Audition dates for admission to the CWU Music program can be found on our Auditions page. Dates and times for ensemble auditions will be posted on the Auditions Schedule page when they are determined. Generally speaking these ensemble auditions occur the first week of each new quarter.

Q. Which degree is right for me?
This is obviously not an easy question to answer. However, our faculty is well equipped to help you navigate these types of decisions. If you would like help with where to start, gives us a call, we'll put you in contact with an advisor who can help. If you'll be here auditioning, or checking out the school arrange to speak to one of us in person, we're more than happy to help.

Q. Are Jobs available? If so, how do I apply
A. A number of student positions are available throughout the music department. As these positions are rarely unoccupied for long, they usually don't show up as "open" on the student employment job board. Therefore, it's best to express your interest directly to the supervisor of the employment area your interested in. Supervisors are: Samantha Strevy - Front office. Allen Larsen - Recording Techs, Building Monitors & Librarians. Larry Gookin - Band positions. Most ensembles also offer some student positions as well, talk the the ensemble director for possible employment opportunities.

Q. How can I receive info about upcoming events?
A. Sign up for our E-mail notification list service here!

Q. What if I need an instrument that I do not own for a class I'm taking?
The music department has many instruments just for this purpose. You need to see the hall manager in room 146 to check out one of these instruments. There is no fee, however, you will be completely financially responsible should the instrument be lost or damaged during the term of your use agreement. All instruments must be physically returned to the hall manager and inspected when they are due, usually the last day of the quarter, though it's advisable to return them as soon as you no longer have need of it / them.

Q. Can I check out instruments over the Summer
A. Yes! However, you must receive special permission, written or email, from your advisor or instructor and present it to the hall manager if you are not enrolled in a summer class that requires use of a specific instrument.

Q. How and when do I return my instruments and lockers?
A. Most returns are due at the end of the quarter. Exceptions are instruments checked out for ensembles and or private lessons that will be used for the whole year. In any case, when you check out your instrument or locker, you are given a receipt specifying the date due. On or before this due date you must either, notify the hall manager you have cleaned out your locker and are done using it, or, in the case of instruments, bring the instrument to the hall manager for inspection. To avoid any possible charges due to damage or loss it's imperative that you notify the hall manager of any problems with the instruments condition or missing accessories, not already noted on the use agreement, IIMMEDIATELY upon check out. It's strongly recommended that you return all instruments as soon as you no longer require their use. This not only releases you from the responsibility of the instrument. it makes it available for other students that may need it.. Please do this as a courtesy to music students as next time it might be you that needs an instrument that's in short supply.