Non-major class at DU Lamont School of Music–opportunities for everyone


The Lamont school of Music, an accredited member of National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), founded in 1924, has been

DU Lamont School of Music provides music opportunities for both major and non-majors.

DU Lamont School of Music provides music opportunities for both major and non-majors.

providing music opportunities to non-music major students at University of Denver.


Popular classes

“Studio lessons are the most popular,” introduced Kerry Walsh, the student affairs coordinator at the Lamont School of Music. “But they are only offered based on whether we have a graduate teaching assistant in the area.”


Studio lessons are private. Each quarter, the Lamont School of Music offers studio lessons of piano, guitar and voice.


This year, since there are graduate teaching assistant in specific areas, the school has provided extra options, such as percussion, clarinet, trumpet, cello and viola, for non-music major students to choose from.


Each of the two-credit studio classes requires a half-an-hour meeting per week.


“You do meet the professor only half an hour a week,” Walsh explained. “But there is a lot of work that needs to be done outside of the half-an-hour meeting. You are expected to practice on you own time. The two credits kind of makes up for the time you spend when you are not with the teacher.”


What grade a student can receive is typically decided by the effort made outside of classes as well as in-class participation. Since every non-music major student is on a very different level, normally there are no specific requirements except the basic requirement that is time invested.


“I can usually tell how much they’ve worked on by what they bring back to product,” said Peder Sill, a second-year master student in piano major and teacher of piano studio class. “The more time that you put in the instrument, the more concentration, the more you are going to get out of here, and the more joy that you will have.”


Other than the studio lessons, the Lamont School of Music also has another two types of classes for non-majors: academic class, such as music college survey class and music history classes like baroque music and romantic music class, and ensemble class, for students working in a group.



Non-music major students also get opportunities to get on the stage.

Non-music major students also get opportunities to get on the stage.

There are opportunities and also sometimes the requirements of performance for students of these non-major music classes, like recitals of voice and piano class.


Seunghyun Lee, a marketing major student from South Korea, has been taking voice and piano studio classes for a year and half. “I like to have performance, ‘Cause I want to show my skills.”


Students in each of ensemble classes get the opportunities to perform a concert usually twice a quarter. All ensembles, in many areas of instruments and voice, such as Lamont Choirs, Lamont Wind Ensemble, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles and DU Pep Band, are open to audition to the entire DU community.


Auditions are typically open during the first week of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.


Usually, there are seven to 10 students per quarter register academic classes, about 50 for ensembles, and about 100 for studio classes.


Every year, the Lamont School of Music offers six classes, including history of Jazz, American popular music and history of Rock N’ Roll, specifically for non-music major students. Students also are able to fulfill the AI Society common curriculum requirement by taking these classes.


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