Traditional large ensemble and chamber music experiences are reflected in the sample schedules below.
Each woodwind, brass, and percussion student will receive one 30-minute private lesson and one 50-minute group lesson each week. String students receive one 50-minute private lesson each week. Piano students receive one 30-minute lesson daily. Singers have a 60-minute voice class daily for solo singing, individual coaching, and special topics.
All students gather daily for a live music listening experience (30 minutes) featuring mini-recitals by the Seminar faculty, alumni, and guest artists.
Each student has a daily 50-minute musicianship (music theory) class assigned by level of ability ranging from the fundamentals of intervals, scales, key and time signatures to modes, counterpoint, and harmonization. There is an aural skills component to each class, where students have an opportunity to refine their sight singing and ear training and develop more reliable musical memory. A web site, developed by WMU School of Music theory faculty, providing assistance with music theory concepts can be found by clicking HERE.
Each student will choose one 50-minute elective class from an array of options. Possibilities include instrumental jazz techniques, computers and music, beginning piano, beginning guitar, introduction to music therapy, music history topics, chamber winds, chamber choir, etc.