Forms and Frequently Asked Questions

Vocal Chamber Ensemble: Bach, Brahms, Bernstein

How important are my grades in non-music studies to my application to the Music Department?

The grade-point average is important for scholarship opportunities
GPA for admission is 3.0
The grade-point average/SAT score can be determining factors for scholarship
Scores for Admission to the University: ACT 19; SAT 900 (math and verbal only)

How should I prepare for my audition to the Music Department?

Take private lessons
Keep a record of your performances
Contact the applied teacher in your instrument at the college and ask about repertoire choices and audition requirements
Read through a variety of music so that you can be conversant with more than just your own audition repertoire
Perform, perform, perform
Learn to dress appropriately for your profession
Visit the campus and meet the professors

What ensembles does Brenau University have?

Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Spectrum Singers
Opera Workshop
Gospel Choir

If I get several college offers, what criteria should I use to make my choice?

A. Do they offer the degree program I want?
i. Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
ii. Bachelor of  Arts in Music (voice or piano)
B. What kind of individual attention will I receive?
Brenau students receive one on one instruction in their applied instrument.
Vocal majors receive additional instruction with a vocal coach.
Students have numerous performance opportunities in seminars and recitals each semester.

What will the music faculty expect and demand of me?

Look at the track record of the alumni of the program.
Cassandra Gabrel (07) Opera Certificate (08) American Institute of Musical Studies
Robin Brackett (08) Florida State School of Music Graduate program
Xi Wang (07) San Francisco Conservatory
Amanda Miller (07) Atlanta Opera Chorus
Judith Pannell (05) Arizona State University
99% placement for graduates from Music Education

What is the artistic culture like in the community that surrounds the university?

Gainesville Ballet
Georgia Mountain Players
Gainesville ProMusica Concert Series
Lanier Singers Chamber Choir
NE GA History Center
NE GA Writers Club
Quinlan Visual Arts Center
Smithgall Arts Center

What is there in the music department for non-performance majors?

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Spectrum Singers, a large SATB ensemble open to all students, faculty, staff, and community
Vocal Chamber Ensemble, a smaller ensemble available through audition
Introduction to Piano, Introduction to Voice, and applied lessons, based on availability

 

If I am a minor, do I get a private applied teacher?

Yes. Music minors are required to take at least 4 semesters of an applied instrument. They are also required to perform a jury at the end of the second and the fourth semesters.
Vocal Chamber Ensemble: Bach, Brahms, Bernstein

What are the audition requirements for a minor?

Permission of the faculty

How can I have a positive, successful college experience?

Go to class
Study
Practice
Use time management
Use money management
Get involved

What should I NOT do my first year in college?

Allow yourself to get distracted from your main purpose for being in college

Why study music?  What are the job opportunities once I am done?

Professional careers in music performance; Church music; private teaching; teaching in Performing Arts Schools
Teaching in public or private institutions
Going on to graduate programs in performance, music education, music therapy, or church music
A larger number of music majors are accepted into medical schools as compared to other disciplines
Music strengthens the soft skills of leadership and communication which are highly prized by employers

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100