A large number of Honors students are accomplished musicians. Typically nearly 30% of the entering class will indicate proficiency in either vocal or instrumental music. Most of these students do not intend to major in music or pursue a musical career. Nevertheless, they are quite serious about their music study. The Honors Private Music Study option is designed to assist them.
Individual instruction in either voice or an instrument is available to incoming Honors freshmen who are not Music majors or minors and who pass an audition administered by the Music Department. Please bear in mind that these lessons are for first-year Honors freshmen who are already proficient in music. In other words, this is not a program for beginners. Space is limited in some studios. Students must complete an audition request form the summer before they enter the University. Auditions are held at the start of the fall semester. Look for information about Private Music Study at New Student Orientation or stop by the Music Department as soon as you arrive on campus in the fall to sign up for an audition.
Honors Private Music Study is a one-credit Honors course that must be taken for a standard letter grade. The course requires a weekly private lesson, weekly repertory class, and enrollment in a departmental ensemble. Students who take Honors Private Music Study in the fall semester of the first year may be able to continue private lessons into the spring semester, but there is no guarantee of Honors Private Study in the spring. A limited number of Music Merit Awards are available to allow exceptionally talented students to continue their music instruction beyond the freshman year.
The Department of Music at Delaware offers instruction in the string instruments, brass and woodwinds, keyboard instruments, percussion, and voice. All students on campus may audition to participate in one of the department's many choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Marching Band.
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