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Are you a junior or senior History major
who would like more opportunities to pick up the cello you havent
had time for since you came to Carnegie Mellon? Or maybe you miss the
choir you belonged to before neuropsychology became your passion? Then
you might consider taking a Music course to fulfill part of your Creating
category for the Gen Ed.
Wait--aren't only music majors and minors allowed
in those classes? Well, no. According to Sharon Johnston, the Academic
Advisor for Music, there are many opportunities for non-music majors to
experience instruction in the School of Music:
If you are interested, there are two additional sources
of information you ought to consult:
- You can take a course.
You will probably be waitlisted, but that does not mean you won't
get in. In fact, if you are a junior or senior and register as soon
as you can for courses that suit your qualifications, your chances
of getting in are pretty good. For Solfege and Harmony courses, there
is a placement test designed to make sure you get into a class at
the right level for your abilities. You should take this test prior
to the semester in which you plan to take the class. The Harmony test
assesses your knowledge in basic music theory; the Solfege test does
not assume formal training but assesses your ability to hear and differentiate
- You can sign up for
private or small-group lessons with music faculty. These courses
carry a fee in addition to your tuition and will vary in cost according
to the amount of lesson time. Depending on the time and money you
are willing to spend, these can be taken for credit.
- You can play in an ensemble
or sing in a choir. These opportunities are open by audition
and based solely on your ability. Ms. Johnston shared that some of
the clarinet section of the current wind ensemble are, in fact, non-Music
majors, and significant components of the choirs are as well.
- The university's Online
Course Schedule provides information about pre- and co-requisites
and the online placement tests.
- Sharon Johnston, Academic Advisor for the School
of Music, CFA 108, 8-2385, SLJ@andrew.cmu.edu.
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