Music

You have the music in you. Let it out at Carroll.

At Carroll University, with our more than 100-year tradition of excellence in the arts, music has always been center stage. Here you can sing, play and perform, even if you’re not a music major. And anyone can apply for special music scholarships.

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— Katie Flory '20

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About the Music Major

Carroll University’s music program provides high-quality instruction and musical experiences to majors and non-majors alike, and enriches the Carroll community with a vibrant musical arts scene. As the most flexible music degree at Carroll, the Bachelor of Arts in Music is a smart choice for students who are considering a double major or pursuing another discipline.

As a music major, you’ll take weekly private lessons on your principle instrument or voice. Our applied lesson faculty are professionally-trained musicians active in southeastern Wisconsin, each an expert on his or her instrument. And every music major participates in at least one ensemble every semester. Many of our students play in more than one, and frequent collaborations between our ensembles foster a spirit of cooperation and a shared love of music. These ensembles also offer touring opportunities, performing in a number of venues across the United States and in Europe in recent years.

Our program includes a set of core music courses in music theory, musicianship, music history and conducting, as well as specialized coursework for each specific area of study. You may select from emphases in performance, the liberal arts, business administration or a minor in music. Majors feature a capstone project in the senior year. This may be a performance, project or paper related to the student's specific interests and career goals.

Upon graduation, our students join an extensive alumni network of professional musicians, educators, and administrators. Carroll music graduates hold prominent positions in schools, professional orchestras and performing ensembles, theater companies, fine arts organizations, radio stations and music festivals.

Our music majors attend live concerts and recitals on a regular basis to support the arts and learn repertoire and performance techniques. Carroll regularly hosts guest performances and masterclasses by outstanding performers and groups through the Dorothy Goff Frisch concert series and the Phyllis Stringham organ recital series and resident professional ensembles including the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra and Jazz Express. You’ll have the opportunity to hear, meet and learn from living masters of music.

As a freshman at Carroll, you won’t have to audition. We accept all students as provisional music majors for their first year of study. At the end of the first year, music majors audition for the faculty to attain full music major status. At the end of the sophomore year, the music faculty meet with each student to discuss career goals and progress. Some degree programs require a junior and/or senior solo recital. We also offer one or more departmental recitals each semester, featuring performances by current students from all levels. Other public performances include recitals for non-majors and chamber music recitals.

Our program can even accommodate students in high credit majors such as nursing and student athletes, who might sometimes have conflicts with rehearsals.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer merit scholarships to qualified freshmen, based on an audition and independent of financial need. Music scholarships are available for both music majors and non-music majors. 

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Music Major Emphases / Minor

Music majors are required to choose one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in music that complements many areas of study.

Additional Music Majors

Carroll University offers two additional majors within the music program.

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Milwaukee Radio Alliance
  • Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Florentine Opera
  • Milwaukee Opera Theater
  • Skylight Music Theatre
  • Milwaukee Symphony
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • Wisconsin Philharmonic

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Latest Program News

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Carroll Announces Endowed Music Scholarships

Two new endowed scholarships total more than $870,000 for Carroll music students.

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Music major wins statewide singing competition

Quinn Balz '18 won first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions.

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Meet the Faculty

Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Lecturer/Director of Instrumental Music
Dr. Patrick Dill

Dr. Patrick Dill

Director of Choral Activities
Joel Matthys

Joel Matthys

Assistant Professor of Music
Elizabeth Rousseau, MT-BC

Elizabeth Rousseau, MT-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Music Therapy

Fall 2018 Applied Faculty

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