The Department of Music and Dance strives to promote lifelong learning, to prepare students for professional careers in music or dance, and to advance the cultural life of the campus, community and beyond.
Teaching and learning
Bachelor of Music Education (instrumental and vocal)
Bachelor of Music Therapy
Bachelor of Music (performance)
Bachelor of Arts (music major or dance majors in pre-dance therapy, studio management, or dance performance)
Bachelor of Science (music major or dance majors in pre-dance therapy, studio management, or dance performance)
Music Therapy Equivalency certificate
For information about the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Elementary Education and Post-Baccalaureate Program in Secondary Education , please see the program pages in the catalog. For information about the Musical Theatre Minor , please see the program page in the catalog. For a description of graduate programs and courses, see the graduate catalog. For information about non-major and non-minor music offerings, please visit the Department of Music and Dance website.
The Department of Music and Dance is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
All prospective students (including transfers) will need to apply to the Department of Music and Dance and perform an entrance audition. Application materials and audition information, including audition dates, are available online at emich.edu/music/apply. Applications must be submitted at least seven days in advance of student’s audition date.
Address correspondence to:
Dr. Whitney Prince
Coordinator of Admissions
N101 Alexander Music Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Music and Dance students are strongly encouraged to seek advising. Advising sessions are held during the week before open course enrollment each fall or winter term, and additional appointments may be made throughout the year. The coordinators of advising may be contacted for further information.
David M. Pierce, coordinator of Music Advising
Joann McNamara, coordinator of Dance Advising
318 S Porter
Applied music instruction on a principal instrument is required for all degree programs. Students may be admitted to the 100-level applied music at different degrees of competency; therefore, some students may require more time to achieve the proficiency needed for admission to 400-level applied music. Permission to advance to 400-level applied music is given by the faculty jury with the permission of the teacher. Music majors enrolled in applied music will also participate in a weekly studio class. Studio class times vary; please contact the applied music teacher for schedule.
Private lessons, typically one per week, must be supplemented with diligent outside daily practice. Depending on the performance area and the level of the student’s work, the outside practice requirement may be quite substantial. The student must recognize that applied instruction is not primarily for the purpose of earning credits toward a degree, but rather to develop musical talent under the care of a skilled teacher. There is no substitute for regular, diligent practice.
Applied music is offered in the following areas of specialization:
Applied Music Auditions
Admission into applied music study is determined by audition. Changes in degree program, performance specialty, or applied music level will normally also require an audition. A change of instructor (where applicable) is normally handled between the student and the faculty members involved.
Applied Music Registration
To learn how to register for applied music, please click here.
Applied Music Fees
Enrollment in applied music requires the payment of an applied music fee, as set by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. This fee serves primarily to offset the cost of individual instruction. Fees are charged for applied music according to the following schedule:
Music majors: $60 per semester (maximum) for all instruction.
Music minors and other University students: $60 per semester for a two-credit applied music, $30 per semester for one-credit applied music ($60 maximum per semester).
Applied Music Juries
At the discretion of the faculty, a jury may be required as a final examination in applied music. Details are made explicit in the applied music syllabus. The jury, which involves performing before a panel of faculty, takes place during exam week.
Applied Music Study Beyond Degree Requirements
Students wishing to continue applied music study beyond their degree requirements may do so only with the permission of their applied music teacher and the Head of the Department of Music and Dance. Students who receive permission to continue applied music study beyond their degree requirements are required to continue to participate in their appropriate major ensemble (or an alternative ensemble approved by the Department Head) each semester that they are enrolled in applied music.
Applied Music Re-Auditions
Since applied study is offered by means of individual instruction, it is a privilege and not a right. If an applied music teacher believes that a student’s progress is insufficient, the student may be asked to re-audition for continuation. A possible result of the re-audition may be the recommendation to the Department Head that the student not continue in applied music or as a music major.
Students who have not been registered for applied music for one or more academic years (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) must re-audition. If accepted, students may be placed in an applied music number that is lower, the same, or higher than the one in which they were enrolled in their last semester of applied music study.
Applied Music During Spring/Summer Terms
The Department’s capacity to offer applied music during the Spring and Summer terms is quite limited. Therefore, students wishing to request applied instruction during the Spring and/or Summer terms must do the following:
Fill out an applied music request form and obtain the instructor’s signature. This verifies that the instructor will be available to teach during the requested term;
Write a brief note explaining why Spring or Summer lessons are needed;
And submit the two items together to the Department Head before April 15.
The Department Head will prioritize requests and approve or deny them based on student need and fiscal constraints.
Major Ensemble Participation Policy
All students accepted as music majors or minors are required to participate in a major ensemble according to their degree requirements (string students - University Orchestra; wind and percussion students - Wind Symphony or Symphonic Band; voice students - University Choir or Chamber Choir). The department will accommodate all students with an appropriate major ensemble placement.
Retention and Continuation Policy
Students are strongly encouraged to stay enrolled for consecutive semesters until achieving a degree. Music study benefits from regular, longitudinal, systematic and consistent study and suffers from extended breaks. Since enrollment capacity in music subjects is limited, a student who discontinues study is not guaranteed a place in classes or in applied music upon returning. Students who face unusual circumstances that may cause them not to re-enroll should consult with their applied teacher an with the Coordinator of Music Advising as soon as possible to seek a solution or to reserve a place for their return. Students who have not been registered for applied music for one or more academic years (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) must re-audition.
All music students are expected to participate in student recitals. These performances may take place in studio classes, informal departmental recitals or formal concerts.
To fulfill requirements for graduation, an appropriate faculty committee must approve a senior recital. If chamber music is included on the program, the recitalist must have a principal solo role in the music performed.
All public recitals are subject to prior review and approval by a faculty committee.
Recital Attendance Requirement
Each undergraduate music major must attend a total of 80 recitals/concerts (events) during their time of undergraduate study; they will receive credit for no more than 25 events per academic year. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be permitted to graduate. The number of events that transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must attend will be prorated, based on the number of semesters of work remaining at the time of their matriculation. Normally each semester the student will attend at least ten musical events, of which five are usually the Department of Music and Dance weekly student recitals. Credit will be received for attendance at any Department of Music and Dance event. Students must be present for an entire event to receive credit. The cards are collected at the end of the program. A student who is performing in an event may receive recital attendance credit for that event if the student performs in less than 50 percent of the event. Attendance at many non-departmental musical events may be credited toward the recital attendance requirement. To obtain credit, bring a ticket stub and program to the music office. The Head of the Department of Music and Dance will determine whether or not the event qualifies for recital credit.
Music and Dance Programs and Courses