Handbook: Special Requirements and Opportunities


All keyboard majors and minors are expected to accompany soloists in a studio, chamber ensembles or a large ensemble for a minimum of two hours a week. See Dr. Leonard Richter for accompanying assignments.

(Accompanists are paid hourly wages.)

Computer Music Notation

There are at present three computer workstations available to music students that include music notation software. For the 2003-2004 academic year, Finale 2003 has been installed on two of these computers and a third unit includes Sibelius 2. These stations are located in the Music Library and in the Music Lab, FAC 107. For students who are without background in these programs opportunities for group instruction will be provided. For further information regarding these notation programs contact Dr. Lyn Ritz, ext. 2564.

Keyboard Proficiency

Keyboard proficiency is required of all music majors and must be completed before a student may give their pre-recital jury - one month prior to their senior recital. (See page 11). Lessons are required until the student has satisfied this requirement. A listing of requirements can be obtained from the music office.

Organ Summer Internship

Currently in its fifth year, this program provides room, board and a monthly scholarship stipend to one organ student each summer. The intern serves as music director (chooses music for services) and organist of the Quesnel SDA Church in B.C., Canada. Contact Dr. Kraig Scott for further details.

Preparatory Division Internships

The Department of Music is home to the Piano Prep Division and provides housing for the Walla Walla Suzuki String Program. These programs offer private music studies to pre-college age students.

WWU therefore provides the unique opportunity for established, qualified college string and piano students to participate as paid interns in very successful, highly regarded programs. Many graduates consider this teaching experience to have been one of the most significant preparations they made for their life in music.

For more information, or if you are interested in working as a student teacher in one of these departments, please contact Mrs. Maya Takemoto (Walla Walla Suzuki String Program) regarding possible job openings and eligibility requirements.


As described under "Lesson Registration/Fees," the department provides a substantial scholarship to all accepted majors and minors in the form of a lesson fee waiver. Further scholarships are granted to incoming freshmen during the annual College Days Scholarship Competition.

Additionally, generous donors have allowed the Department of Music to expand the amount of scholarships we are able to offer our students. These awards include, but are not limited to, the following scholarships:

· John J. Hafner

· H. Lloyd Leno

· Blythe Owen

· Dan Shultz

· Eugene and Betty Soper

· Stanley Walker

Consideration for these awards (announced during Awards Chapel, spring quarter) is based on student ability and achievement, demonstrated need, and the guidelines described by each endowment.