School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

Music

Oakland University offers a comprehensive education in music for undergraduate and graduate students. The opportunity to work with internationally and nationally renowned faculty creates a vibrant atmosphere for musical and intellectual growth. Our students also learn from one another, forming a supportive musical community.

The music program at OU is broad enough to provide students with a wide range of experiences, yet focused enough that students receive significant attention from our faculty. Performance possibilities include diverse offerings such as the Oakland Symphony, Chorale, Wind Symphony, Jazz Combos, Opera Workshop, African Ensemble, and many more. Students pursuing music education degrees study with experienced music educators and work in the schools starting in the freshman year.

All music students expand their understanding through study with cutting-edge teachers in the fields of music theory and music history. In addition to their work as teachers, performers, and researchers, OU faculty mentor students as they prepare for careers and further study in a range of musical fields.
Undergraduate
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Music Education (choral, instrumental, general music)
  • Performance (instrumental, piano, voice)
  • Combined degree in music education and performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
  • A Liberal Arts degree program
Minors in Music
  • Auditioned Minor
  • Non-auditioned Liberal Arts Minor
  • Jazz Minor
  • World Music Minor
Undergraduate Audition Information

All undergraduate programs (except the non-auditioned liberal arts minor) require students to audition for admission. At the audition, students must demonstrate proficiency in their instrument of choice or voice. Your first step is to apply for admission. To apply online for free, visit the Oakland University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.
Graduate
Oakland University offers a range of graduate degree and certificate programs in music through the doctoral level. These programs provide opportunities to work closely with our faculty and grow as conductors, performers, researchers, and teachers.

For more information about Professional Development, the Master of Music, and Graduate/Post-Master’s Certificates, please contact Jessica Payette or call (248) 370-3148.

For more information about the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, please contact Jackie Wiggins.

Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.

Graduate Admissions
Applications to graduate degree and certificate programs are made to Oakland University Graduate Admissions. There are links to the specific admissions pages with each of the descriptions below.

Assistantships


Graduate Assistantships are available for students in the MM and Ph.D. programs. These assistantships provide stipends and pay for credits. For more information, contact Joe Shively. Applications for Graduate Assistantship for Master of Music students are due by March 1 and applications for Ph.D. in Music Education students are due by February 1. Assistantship Application

Auditions

An audition is required for those applying to conducting, pedagogy and performance programs. Some auditions are held on departmental audition days while others are scheduled with the appropriate faculty.  Contact  Jessica Payette  to begin the scheduling process.

Writing Sample


Applicants to the MM in Music Education must provide a writing sample. The writing sample may be an academic paper written in an undergraduate or graduate course or a one-page discussion of an issue in music education. Submit the writing sample to Jessica Payette via email or fax (248) 370-2041.

Master of Music Program
The Master of Music (MM) offers majors in conducting, education, pedagogy and performance. Each major within the MM is a 32-credit program that includes a shared core, courses required for the major, and electives. For more information, contact Jessica Payette.


Majors
  • Conducting - The Master of Music in conducting is a 32-credit program designed to meet the needs of music teachers and other music professionals who are interested in developing high-level skills and understanding in instrumental and/or choral conducting.

    Conducting admissions and degree information
  • Music Education - The Master of Music in music education is a 32-credit program designed to meet the needs of music teachers, to help them expand and extend their professional skills and understandings with the long range goal of enabling educators to study and improve their own practice.

    Music Education admissions and degree information

  • World Percussion Performance - The Master of Music in world percussion performance is a 32-credit program for experienced for highly experienced percussionists, designed to enable them to expand their knowledge of global percussion repertoire and technique, and to further their personal performance skills and musical understanding.

    World Percussion Performance admissions and degree information

Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree program is designed to develop individuals who can provide leadership for music education practice as teacher educators, curriculum leaders, and researchers. Core concepts in the program include constructivism, cultural psychology, and social democracy in music learning and teaching. For more information, contact Jackie Wiggins.

Ph. D. in Music Education admissions and degree information


Summer Study

Summer 2018:
Music Education Courses in Bold
Schedule subject to change. Click here to download a PDF version. 

Summer I (May 7 - June 27, except as noted)
MUS 5434 Teaching Music to Children with Exceptionalities (2) VanderLinde
MUS 5551 Vocal Pedagogy I (2) White
MUS 5565 Choral Literature (2) Mitchell
MUS 5882 Advanced Instrumental Interpretation & Conducting Techniques (2) Cunningham
MUS 5234 Analysis for Music Teachers (2) Hoag [Online with one in person meeting]
MUE 5035 Brass Band (0 or 1) Kroesche
MUE 5041 Jazz Improvisation Combos (0 or 1) Dobbins
MUE 5065 Contemporary Music Ensemble (0 or 1) Heisler
MUA 6996 Master's Recital (2)
MUS 6996 Master's Project (1 or 2)
MUS 6969 Practicum Analysis/Reflection VanderLinde/Shively [Online]
MUS 7996, 8960, 8061, 9900, 9999 Doctoral Research
MUA___ Private Applied Study – contact applied instructor

Summer II (July 2 - August 22, except as noted)
MUS 5439 Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century (2) VanderLinde
MUS 5433 Learning Theory for Studio Teachers
MUS 5552 Vocal Pedagogy II (2) White 
MUS 6444 Teaching for Musical Understanding in Instrumental Ensembles
MUA 6996 Master's Recital (2)
MUS 6996 Master's Project (1 or 2)
MUS 6969 Practicum Analysis/Reflection VanderLinde/Shively [Online]
MUS 7996, 8960, 8061, 9900, 9999 Doctoral Research
MUA___ Private Applied Study – contact applied instructor

Certificates
Certificate Programs, Graduate Certificates and Post-Master’s Graduate Certificates are offered in conducting, education, pedagogy and performance.

Contact Deborah VanderLinde , music education program coordinator for post-baccalaureate music teacher certification.

Contact Tian Tian , coordinator of the piano program for performer's certificate information.