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EIU Department of Music

New & Returning Students

Welcome to the EIU Department of Music!  

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.

Department Meeting and Ice Cream Social

Due to Covid-19, we will be unable to have our ice cream social this year.  Hopefully we can resume this tradition next year!

Music Theory/Aural Skills Diagnostic Test (for freshmen)

All incoming freshmen will take a placement test on the first day of classes on Monday, August 24, 2020 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  

Placement Exams for Transfer Students

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


  • Please scan and record (singing exam) your exams and email them to Dr. Eckert at  Dr. Eckert will provide specific feedback and suggestions for how to best prepare for the actual exam.
  • Placement exams will take place the weekend before classes begin or on the first day of classes.  Dr. Stefan Eckert will contact all transfer students to schedule a time for the placement exam(s).
  • If you have questions or need to reschedule a time for your placement exam, please contact Dr. Stefan Eckert ( 

Applied Piano and Piano Class Placement Auditions

All music majors are required to take two semesters of Functional Skills in Piano: MUS 2203 and MUS 2204. Two additional semesters of class piano (MUS 2205 and 2206) are required for students in the following programs: Vocal and General Music Teacher Licensure; Vocal and Instrumental Performance. Those interested in developing their keyboard abilities beyond this primary level may enroll in Introductory Piano: MUS 0060 (any semester; dependent on faculty availability).

Piano Auditions are held on August 25 (Tuesday) 3:00-5:00pm and September 1 (Tuesday) 3:00-5:00 pmfor students wishing 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 (

Click here for detailed information on requirements to test out of each level of class piano.

Jazz Informational Meeting

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 24, 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 25, at 6:00 p.m.  Audition requirements and additional information are available at  Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, August 27.

If you are interested in playing in a jazz ensemble, but cannot attend this meeting, please contact Dr. Fagaly or Mr. Johnston.

Jazz Ensemble
(MUS 0220)

Jazz Lab Band
(MUS 0221)

Jazz Combos

  • Sam Fagaly, director  
  • MWF:  3:00-3:50 pm; Th: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
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  • Paul Johnston,  director
  • T/TH:  2:00 - 3:15 pm
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  •  Paul Johnston, coach    
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Questions should be directed to Dr. Sam Fagaly at 581-6628.

Wind Symphony and Concert Band  Auditions

As with most things these days, auditions and the first week of classes will look a bit different than in past years. All auditions will take place via video submission. All wind, brass, and percussion students should plan to video record your excerpts sometime between Monday, August 17 and Thursday, August 20. Specific recording instructions and submission instructions will be provided on Sunday, August 16th. 


For those of you who have experience video recording yourselves and you have the proper equipment at your disposal, please plan to record yourself on your own, either at home or in a practice room on campus.

For first-year students with no experience recording yourselves, or for returning students without the necessary technology, you will be allowed to video record yourself in the Doudna Fine Arts Center (details TBA) between Tuesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 20. There will be someone available to assist you with this process should you need help.

Audition videos will be reviewed on Friday, August 21 and you'll receive an email over the weekend with your ensemble assignment. Once you receive that email, please register for the appropriate ensemble, and plan to attend your assigned ensemble at the first class meeting time of the week.

Please do not hesitate email Dr. Neal if you have any questions about exactly which excerpts you should prepare.

Eastern Symphonic Band (a non-auditioned group) Informational Meeting/Rehearsal

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 24, 2020, 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 31 from 7:00-8:40pm in Doudna 1550.

 Questions? Please e-mail Prof. David Boggs.

*Additional information about EIU Bands can be found here.


Choral Ensemble Informational Meeting

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 for additional information

Concert Choir, University Mixed Chorus, and Camerata Singers Vocal Placement 

Vocal placement will take place during the first week of classes and will likely take place in the Recital Hall.  A schedule will be posted on the door of DFAC 2425.

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 for more information.

Applied Voice Placement Auditions

Music minors and non-majors who are interested in voice lessons need to audition on Monday or Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, 2020 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.

Instrument Rental

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:

  • $225 per year for Music Majors renting their primary instrument.
  • $60 per semester for Music Minors renting their primary instrument and for Music Majors renting a secondary instrument.
  • $40 per semester for Non-Music Majors or Non-Music Minors, and for all Athletic Bands.

This fee supports the annual cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep of instrument.  Please contact Dr. Alicia Neal for additional information.

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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