Whether you are a new or returning student, we are so happy to have you joining us and hope you find your college experience as a musician at EIU second to none.
This page serves to help you get organized for your arrival on campus and know what will be expected of you in the first few weeks of classes. When you arrive on campus on Move-In Day (or earlier, if you join the Panther Marching Band), it's a great time to familiarize yourself with the Doudna Fine Arts Center and find where your classes, lessons and rehearsals will be held.
Monday, August 23, 2021 - We will have a department meeting in the Doudna Recital Hall, followed by an Ice Cream Social in the Doudna Concourse.
All incoming freshmen will take a placement test on the first day of classes on Monday, August 22, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall (DFAC 1210). Results of this test will determine placement in either Music Theory Rudiments (MUS 0541) or Comprehensive Musicianship I (MUS 1501).
Click below to access the audio files for the Sample Aural Skills/Dictation Practice Placement Exam.
|I-1 Interval||I-2 Interval||I-3 Interval|
|II-1 Triad||II-2 Triad||II-3 Triad|
|III-A Rhythm||III-B Rhythm|
|IV-A Melody||IV-B Melody|
All incoming transfer students with college-level music theory/aural skills/music history experience will complete a placement exam before the beginning of the academic year. For incoming transfer students, this document describes the process for placing students into various levels of Comprehensive Musicianship based on their previous skill and experience in theory and aural training.
Sample Transfer Exams:
|I.A. Melodic Dictation||II.B. Melodic Dictation||III.A Melodic Dictation||IV.A. Melodic Dictation|
|I.B. Harmonic Dictation||II.B Harmonic Dictation||III.B. Harmonic Dictation||IV.B. Harmonic Dictation|
Piano Auditions are held on August 24th (Tuesday) 3:00-5:00pm and August 31st (Tuesday) 3:00-5:00 pm for students who wish to have their piano requirements waived and/or enroll in the upper piano course (MUS 0060). Interested students should sign up outside of DFAC 2351 for a 10-minute audition.
For more information, contact Dr. Cayres (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Click here for detailed information on requirements to test out of each level of class piano.
This semester the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will be nine-piece ensembles, consisting of six winds, piano or guitar, bass, and drums. For students with experience in improvisation, Jazz Combos will also be formed, based on interest and skill level. Ensembles will rehearse following departmental guidelines, which include mask-wearing, distancing, and shortened rehearsals.
There will be an informational meeting about the jazz program on Monday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m., in The Theatre. To audition for a group, students should submit recordings and complete the online form by Tuesday, August 24th, at 6:00 p.m. Audition requirements and additional information are available at www.eiu.edu/music/ensembles_jazz.php. Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
If you are interested in playing in a jazz ensemble, but cannot attend this meeting, please contact Dr. Fagaly or Mr. Johnston.
Jazz Lab Band
Questions should be directed to Dr. Sam Fagaly at 581-6628.
As we prepare for the fall 2021 semester, we hope to schedule in person ensemble placement auditions during the first week of classes. Please check back here over the summer for additional information.
The following are excerpts from the Fall 2020 season:
Please do not hesitate email Dr. Neal if you have any questions about exactly which excerpts you should prepare.
All EIU students are welcome to attend and register for Symphonic Band! The first Symphonic Band meeting, with no instruments, will be for EIU students only (no community members yet) and will take place on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 7:00pm in Doudna 1550. Or, if you’d like to attend the first meeting to learn a bit more about the group before you register, just show up to the meeting!
Community members, please plan to attend the first playing rehearsal of the semester on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 7:00-8:40pm in Doudna 1550.
Questions? Please e-mail Prof. David Boggs.
*Additional information about EIU Bands can be found here.
ALL SINGERS (music majors, minors and non-majors) will meet on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Dvorak. This meeting will be an opportunity to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, including what to expect during your vocal placement. During the first week of class every vocal student will complete a vocal placement. Students should sign up for a time slot outside of Doudna 2425 as soon as possible upon arriving to campus.
Questions? Please email email@example.com for additional information
Vocal placement will take place during the first week of classes and will likely take place in Doudna 2425--please sign up on the schedule posted a week before classes begin.
Those interested in Concert Choir (MUS 0230) should sign up for two, 5-minute slots. Voice majors and minors are expected to have a prepared solo. All other students may bring a solo or may choose from the selections of hymns, carols and familiar songs that will be posted outside of DFAC 2425.
Those interested in University Mixed Chorus (MUS 0231) should sign up for one 5-minute slot for a vocal placement.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Music minors and non-majors who are interested in voice lessons need to audition on Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 23-24, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 pm in DFAC 2427. Students should prepare one song and bring music. For further information and to set up an audition time, please contact Dr. Julie Park.
The Department of Music has a limited number of wind and brass instruments available for rental to students interested in participating in music ensembles. The non-refundable fee for rental of the instrument will be as follows:
This fee supports the annual cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep of instrument. Please contact Dr. Alicia Neal for additional information.