Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a music major at UW Oshkosh?
The first step is to apply for admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Information on this can be found at the Admissions homepage. The next step is to audition for the Department of Music on your primary instrument or voice. With the successful completion of an audition and acceptance into the program you will then receive assistance selecting and scheduling classes to help you complete your major.
Is an audition required? How do I schedule an audition?
Yes. Auditions are required for anyone interested in becoming a music major or minor. This includes Music Business and Recording Technology majors. There is no audition required for our new Music Industry minor. To schedule an audition please see our Audition Information page. It will give you information specific to your instrument or voice as well as what you can expect on audition day. The audition application will actually register you for an audition date.
Should I still schedule an audition even if I haven’t been admitted to the university yet?
Yes, but due to limited space we want to reserve our audition times for students who are serious about applying for our program. If you schedule an audition, you must have at least applied to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh or have a specific date in which you plan to do so.
Do I still have to audition on a specific instrument/voice if I plan to be a Music Business Major or a Recording Technology Major?
Yes. In order to prepare all of our music students for a successful career, we want them to be knowledgeable and skillful in many aspects of music. This can include having experience working with an ensemble as well as solo performance. In many situations, a professional in the field of live sound or recording technology must have experience with a variety of instruments, several genres of music, ensembles, soloists and basic fundamentals of music among other things in order to meet the needs of their clients. An exception to this is our new Music Industry minor, which does not require an audition.
What’s the difference between a Scholarship audition and an Entrance audition?
Both auditions serve the purpose of an entrance audition for students aspiring to be music majors or minors. The scholarship audition simply doubles as an audition to compete for one of the scholarships offered through the Music Department, as well as entrance to the music program. All of the audition dates can be used for an entrance audition, but only specific ones can be used to compete for a scholarship.
Are there scholarships available for Freshman or transfer students majoring in music?
We do offer several scholarships for incoming Freshman based on a scholarship audition, their academic achievements, as well as recommendations. For a full list of Scholarships and more information regarding requirements and scholarship auditions, please see our Scholarships page. We currently do not have any scholarships available through the Department of music for transfer students.
Can I minor in music at UW Oshkosh?
Yes. UW Oshkosh offers a 24-credit curriculum for students minoring in music. Students who wish to minor in music must successfully pass an audition on their primary instrument or voice. Students interested in scheduling an audition should complete the same audition application used for the music majors. This can be found on the Audition Information page.
Can I perform in one of the ensembles even if I do not major or minor in music?
Yes. All university ensembles are open to both music majors and non-music majors upon completion of a successful audition. Students can learn more about specific ensembles and conductor contact information on the Ensembles page.
How do I know which classes and ensembles to register for?
After students have successfully completed their audition in the spring and have been accepted into the Music program, they will meet with an advisor at Odyssey to help schedule classes. If they are a non-music major and are simply interested in participating in an ensemble, their Odyssey advisor can also help them select an ensemble.
Can I take applied lessons without participating in an ensemble?
No. Applied lessons are reserved for our Music majors and minors. Majors are required to enroll in applied lessons and an ensemble simultaneously until they have completed the required number of lesson and ensemble credits. If a music minor has reached their limit of applied credits and chooses not to enroll in an ensemble, they will be charged an additional $180 fee per credit/semester for lessons.
Can I rent or borrow an instrument from the University?
The University may make arrangements to rent or loan instruments, especially if it is a relatively large brass or woodwind instrument. This may also be true for non-music majors participating in an ensemble who do not own their own instrument. For more information please contact the Music Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (920) 424-4224.