Tune Up Your Music Skills
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Director of choral activities or band
What’s the Difference at DWU?
- Audition with confidence for a music scholarship.
- Broaden your musical knowledge with courses like world music, conducting, vocal literature, music history and others.
- Explore related majors and minors like music education, communication or creative writing.
- Share your gifts in concert ensembles and present a performance recital in your senior year.
- Use music as a starting point for a variety of careers: vocal coach, accompanist, director or music teacher.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Regardless of your major, you are invited to participate in choral and instrumental ensembles at DWU, and you may be eligible for a performing arts scholarship.
If you wish to be considered for a music scholarship, you must audition. If you receive a scholarship for music, you will be expected to participate in an ensemble for each semester you are enrolled and receive the scholarship.
- If you wish to audition for a vocal scholarship, please prepare two vocal solos of contrasting styles. It is highly recommended that one of these be in a foreign language. Pop music is not appropriate for this audition, but rather music that you would sing for a solo and ensemble contest or in voice lessons. You may bring your own accompanist, or one can be provided for you.
- If you wish to audition for a piano scholarship, please prepare two concert solos: one from the Baroque or Classical period and the other from the Romantic period to the present.
- If you intend to audition for an instrumental scholarship, you must prepare one appropriate solo. Pop music is not appropriate for this audition, but rather music that you would play for a solo and ensemble contest, in lessons, or for an all-state audition.
Please complete the Performing Arts Scholarship application.
Broaden your knowledge base of music styles and formats.
MUS 115 Fundamentals of Music
MUS 116 Keyboard Skills I
MUS 131 Ensemble
MUS 215 Music Theory II
MUS 216 Keyboard Skills II
MUS 231 Ensemble
MUS 232 Dakota Wesleyan Choir
MUS 233 Highlanders
MUS 311 Music History I
MUS 312 Music History II
MUS 313 Music History III
MUS 315 Music Theory III
MUS 330 Vocal Literature & Pedagogy
MUS 331 Ensemble
MUS 332 Dakota Wesleyan Choir
MUS 333 Highlanders
MUS 340 Secondary Choral Methods
MUS 341 String Methods
MUS 345 Band/Symphonic Methods
MUS 350 Conducting
MUS 351 Conducting II
MUS 415 Music Theory IV
MUS 425 Recital
Get to Know Your Professors
Learn music from our talented professors. Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers
valuable one-on-one interaction.
Clinton Desmond, DMA
Erin Desmond, M.M.Ed.
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What I Love Most About DWU:
- Dakota Wesleyan Choir – As our largest choir, Dakota Wesleyan Choir is open to all who wish to raise their voice in masterworks from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
- The Highlanders – As a select auditioned ensemble, the Highlanders perform top quality vocal chamber music from Renaissance polyphony to vocal jazz.
- Wesleyan Bells – As the only handbell choir in the state, Wesleyan Bells gives you the chance to be one part of a larger musical group made up of your friends and classmates.
- LyricWood String Orchestra – LyricWood is an intergenerational strings ensemble where you will get to meet and perform with community members, young and old.
- Dakota Wesleyan Band – All DWU students, of any major, are invited to join the Wesleyan Band. You will have the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform a diverse repertoire of challenging music.
- Tiger Pep Band – Our pep band brings energy and spirit to our highly attended local athletic events. Use your music to cheer on our athletes and get the Corn Crib Crazies rilled up!
- Wesleyan Jazz Band — a formalized ensemble bringing the opportunity for interested students to study and perform jazz in front of audiences on familiar instruments like piano, bass, guitar, drum set, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.
- DWU Drumline — add further excitement to athletic events and provide DWU musicians with an opportunity to participate in a marching activity.
Locally – Each semester we have two major concerts. Multiple ensembles perform beautiful collages of music from many genres. Outside of these two concerts, we sprinkle in performances for events in the community, specialty concerts with our small ensembles, and service opportunities with local nursing homes.
Regionally and Beyond – The Highlanders and Wesleyan Bells tour each spring, and are joined by the Dakota Wesleyan Choir and other ensembles every other year. On these tours, experience music on the road, performing in a variety of venues and meeting people from all walks of life.
Musical Theatre – No matter your involvement at DWU, you are able to participate in musical theatre productions. Spread your wings on stage. Our students have been in productions like “Les Misérables,” “Rock of Ages,” “Mamma Mia!” and more.