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UW-Eau Claire People Pages


Prospective Student Information

Welcome to our web site! We're very pleased that you're interested in the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and in the Tuba/Euphonium Studio. We have a long tradition of excellence in musical performance and achievement in the music field, both while students are in residence here at the University and after graduation. Dr. Young's former students are active and successful working in instrumental music education settings, performing in orchestras, performing in military bands, and working in the music industry. Regardless of your specific interest relative to professional preparation, we are equipped to help you.


In order to begin the process of enrolling at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, visit our Admissions Office web page for general information about University admissions policies, procedures and forms. You must be admitted to the University before you can be accepted by the Department of Music and Theatre Arts. Understand that acceptance to the University is necessary before you can be accepted by our Department and that acceptance by our Department (which can happen on a provisional basis prior to University acceptance) is only valid upon your acceptance by the University.


Go to the Department of Music and Theatre Arts web page and find the dates for admission and scholarship auditions for the next academic year. Fill out the electronic form to register for an audition date, and e-mail it back to us. It is HIGHLY recommended that you plan to audition in November if at all possible. The number of seats in the euphonium and tuba studio is limited, and they tend to fill up early. Further, scholarship monies are very limited. Your best chance to receive scholarship assistance comes by auditioning in November. You will find suggested repertoire for auditions at this web page, as well. Note that these are only suggestions - if you are considering other repertoire, contact Dr. Young if you have questions about its suitability.


Contact Dr. Young by e-mail at jyoung@uwec.edu or by phone at (715) 836-3633 and set up a campus visit. You and your parents will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Young and get to know him, as well as for him to get to know you. You might wish to have a lesson, attend some classes, tour our facilities, and even sit in with one or both of our bands or observe other rehearsals. We would like for you to see our school in action and to have the chance to talk to students and faculty, as well as to have the opportunity to have as many of your questions as possible answered in person.


Look around our web site for more information about how we work in the euphonium/tuba area. We are indeed our own little family on campus with a large extended family of alumni that reaches across this country and around the globe. We're happy that you're considering joining us.

DEGREE PROGRAMS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

Parents and students always have lots of questions about degree programs. Each program has a specific emphasis, but what one does with any given degree can be quite flexible. The first year is always the same in all degrees, so you have some time to investigate and explore. Here are brief descriptions of the basic intentions of the various programs:

  1. Bachelor of Music Education: This degree prepares you to be a certified public school teacher. As an instrumental music major, you will be certified to teach instrumental music, kindergarten to twelfth grade and general music sixth or seventh through twelfth grades. If you choose to change careers after teaching for a while, this degree affords you skills in organization and working with the public that a number of professions are seeking.
  2. Bachelor of Arts: This program is, perhaps, our most flexible. In addition to a solid major in music you have the opportunity to add a minor in another academic area and to explore our broad general education offerings. I think it is an excellent program to pursue initially for a person who is as yet unsure of the exact direction he/she would like to go. Students from the euphonium/tuba studio have worked in such diverse areas as communications, foreign languages, business, accounting, and so on, in addition to the music major. I have had little trouble in helping them find employment.
  3. Bachelor of Science: This is a similar program to the Bachelor of Arts with more emphasis in the hard sciences.

Bachelor of Music: This degree program consists of exhaustive study in music with a good general studies program. The intention of the degree is to prepare students for a career in performance. Except in very exceptional cases, I do not recommend this degree for euphonium and tuba players simply because it limits one's marketability. There are currently some 70 college teaching positions for tuba and euphonium specialists and only about 20 orchestral positions that will support a full-time tubist in the U.S. While there are a reasonable number of positions in military bands for both euphoniumists and tubists, the turnover is very slow and competition for positions that do open is keen. You receive the same training on your instrument, regardless of degree program. My advice is to go with a degree plan (any of the above) that gives you options while you are pursuing a performance career. In a performance area where work is very limited, I think it is a very prudent thing to do. If you choose to pursue the performance degree (which some students in our studio have done), you will be officially admitted to the performance degree program only after your jury performance at the end of your first semester of residence (minimum). If you are interested in this area as an undergraduate degree program, I would recommend waiting at least a full year before the jury audition for admittance. Consider the limitations carefully before you pursue this program.

 

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