You likely have a number of questions regarding the Music degree programs at Grand Canyon University. The following FAQs should answer many of your questions. Your admissions representative is here to help with any additional questions you may have.
How do I become an instrumental music education major?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in instrumental music education, you should consider being a music major. This will require a special audition to the College of Fine Arts and Productions. The application process can be started online at www.gcu.edu/auditions. The auditions scheduled this year for students starting college in Fall, 2013 are:
If you are planning to major in another area but would like to continue to perform in a music ensemble there are many opportunities to do so. Please use the link above to set up an audition. During your live audition, just let us know you are not a music major.
Are the Music Major and Pep Band audition requirements the same?
Yes. We are looking for the best musicians possible to fill our ensembles. During your live audition, we suggest you display your abilities in both technical facility (how fast you get around your instrument) and lyrical ability (your expressive musical capabilities). Do your best, forget the rest.
If I am not a music major, can I take classes with the Bands?
Absolutely! There are a variety of classes in music open to students majoring in areas other than music. Ensembles include the Thundering Heard Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Thunder Big Band, GCU Jazz Combo and GCU Percussion Ensemble.
What kind of concerts does your department sponsor?
While there are a great many different types of music, in general our performances are of Classical music, Big Band era jazz, Modern Jazz and Classical/Contemporary Percussion. The Thundering Heard Pep Band focuses on today’s Pop and Entertainment music.
Do I need to be able to play an instrument well to become a music major?
Someone interested in pursuing a career in music should have a serious commitment to music. Typically, this includes several years of musical study and performance on their instrument. This is the reason for the music audition required for acceptance as a music major. We want all students accepted as music majors to succeed.
There are occasions, however, when this type of preparation has not occurred. If you feel there are special circumstances in your case, contact Director of Bands, Paul Koch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the Department of Music offer scholarships?
Yes! The same audition that is used to enter the COFAP may be used to qualify for a scholarship. All scholarships are based on merit and some are based on financial need. Scholarships are available at every audition until funds run out. We recommend auditioning as soon as you are available. Funds left over may be awarded at a later date, but this is not guaranteed.
Do I need to audition to become a music student?
Yes. Go to www.gcu.edu/auditions to register for an audition.
How do I find out about future COFAP performances?
Contact the Ethington Theater Box Office at 602-639-8880. If you are going to be on campus for a scheduled visit and there is a home basketball game, we can provide complimentary tickets for you and your family (limited space available). Contact Paul Koch at email@example.com for more details.
Who are the applied instructors in the Department of Music?
Applied instructors are listed by area on the www.gcu.edu/bands page.
Now that I have been accepted to Grand Canyon University and the College of Fine Arts and Productions, how do I register for fall classes?
Please contact your enrollment counselor. In some cases you might need to contact Dr. Juan Hernandez, Assistant Dean of COFAP, for further help: firstname.lastname@example.org
When will I audition for the various Band ensembles?
Auditioning for band ensembles will take place during your COFAP audition selected from the www.gcu.edu/auditions page. We will hold specific chair placement auditions for most ensembles during the first couple weeks of classes.