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Department of Music

Fusion!

Fusion: the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity.

The KWU Department of Music embraces the university philosophy of  “And” . . . and then some: Fusion!

We believe that teaching music teachers and performers isn't enough. That's why we embrace the idea of mentoring musicians - whether majors or non-majors. K-Dub Music looks to the future of music education and performance by fusing together once separate components to create the 21st century educator, performer and advocate of music: 

  • The fusion of a variety of different ensemble and performing experiences, normally found at larger universities, while maintaining low student/teacher ratios.

  • Faculty who fuse diverse teaching styles, performance experience and musical interests to give students a unique education in a low, student/teacher ratio environment

  • The fusion of internationally recognized artists, composers and educators to not only educate and inform our students, but to help them forge career connections.

  • The fusion of composition and improvisation as integral parts of our programs of study.

  • The fusion of the Department of Music with strong community partners, including the Salina Arts & Humanities, The Salina Community Theatre, The Salina Symphony and The Stiefel Theatre, creating something truly unique to KWU and the Salina Community.

  • Our "Fusion Outreach Initiatives," including our anchor event: Fusion! – The KWU Festival of the Arts, which all provide musical and educational resource for middle/high school students and directors as well as KWU students, all while providing the area with fantastic performances!

We've got something special here, whether for music majors or non-majors. We invite you to be a part of the musical future with the KWU Department of Music.

Major Options

Minor Option

Music Course Descriptions

Music Theater Information

Each faculty member, in addition to stressing quality performances, emphasizes the day-to-day basic music education techniques that lend themselves to preparing students to become marketable, well-prepared educators and performers. 

Students can participate in these ensembles:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • The Howl (athletic band)
  • Philharmonic Choir
  • Wesleyan Chorale 
  • KWU Orchestra
  • Rise Up! Praise Band
  • Chamber Groups

To learn more, click on your area of interest in the menu at right. 

What can I do with this degree?

Anita (Gleason) Cyrier ’65 has enjoyed a robust career as a teacher, conductor, soloist, and lyricist, and her journey began in the music room at KWU. Read More.

Teaching and performing are the hallmark careers in music. Musicians typically combine multiple jobs with multiple income streams. Performance and non-performance work do not have to be mutually exclusive; many fields allow musicians to do both. Some careers require graduate education—such as college-level teaching and conducting—or additional training beyond what you’ll find in an undergraduate program. Opportunities include: accompanist, adjudicator, arranger, artist management, arts administrator, band director, clinician, choral director, composer, conductor, copyist, educator, historian, librarian, lyricist, music agent, reviewer, musicologist, orchestrator, performer, piano tuner, private instructor, radio producer, sacred music minister and vocal coach.

For more information, please contact Dr. Milt Allen, Chair of the Department of Music, or call (785) 833-4374.

Subsection

Community Connections
Hands-On Learning

Through partnerships with the Salina Symphony and Salina Community Theatre, KWU is able to provide students with many opportunities to rehearse and perform with professional musicians. All string music majors are invited to participate in a large regional symphonic orchestra and learn about its operation. Wind/Percussion majors may be invited based on available openings.

Students may also work for the Salina Youth Education Program as assistants to the directors of the Youth Symphony and Youth Choir, attending all rehearsals, sitting with the young players, leading sectionals and providing private lessons. This allows for hands-on experience working with elementary through high school students in an ensemble setting. In the Students Teaching Students music lesson program, KWU students may also give private lessons to young area musicians while being mentored and advised by faculty. 

Close ties the community also enable students to perform in musical theatre and opera productions, community concerts, and local or regional tours. The Kansas Wesleyan University Philharmonic Choir and its select-voice ensemble, the Wesleyan Chorale, tour regionally, nationally, and international (every four years). Past tours include China, California, England, and the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.