Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a music major? What about a music major at James Madison University?

 Join us for  Music Major Preview Day on November 4, 2024, and experience it for yourself! 

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Music Major Preview Schedule

Music Major Preview Event Schedule



8:30 - 9:00 am


9:15 - 10:00 am

Why a Music Major?
Presentation led by music faculty

10:00 am

Auditions begin for those auditioning for the School of Music

10:15 - 10:45 am

Choose a session to attend:

  • Music Admissions Session (Concert Hall)
  • Sample Academic Class (Recital Hall)
  • Sample Academic Class (MB 142)
  • Sample Academic Class (MB 318)

10:30 am

Music Major Fair begins
Forbes Lobby

11:00 - 11:30 am

Choose a session to attend:

  • Financial Aid Session (Concert Hall)
  • Jazz Jam Session (MB 108)
  • Student Panel (MB 142)

Brass: Lunch

Afternoon activities are divided by area of speciality. Time is built into the schedule for lunch and there are several options to purchase food on campus.

11:45 - 12:30 pm

Woodwinds: Lunch
Strings: Side-by-side (Concert Hall)
Choir: Side-by-side (MB 142)
Brass & Percussion: masterclasses
Music Major Fair ends (12:45pm): Forbes Lobby

12:45 - 1:30 pm

Brass: Brass Band Performance (Forbes 1115)
Percussion, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Strings: Lunch
Woodwind: masterclasses

1:45 - 2:30 pm

Band: Side-by-side (Concert Hall)
Piano, String, Voice, Guitar: masterclasses
Percussion: Side-by-side (MB 108)

2:30 pm

Event Ends

Why a Music Major?

If you are considering studying music in college, this session will answer specific questions about majoring in music. A panel of faculty from the JMU School of Music will discuss and answer questions about pursuing a degree in music. Topics will include potential career paths, vocational skills, and different types of music degrees. The JMU School of Music offers a Bachelor of Music (Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Industry, and Music Theatre) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Studies and Music Industry). Desirable skills for employers include critical thinking, collaboration, discipline, leadership, and creativity, all of which are foundational skills developed in the music curriculum.

Music Admissions

Applying to a music program typically includes a two-layered admissions process: admissions to the university and admissions to the music program. This session will outline the process for applying for admissions to a music program including audition requirements, portfolio reviews, and music scholarships. The Director of the JMU School of Music and the Director of Music Admissions will answer questions and provide insights into the world of music admissions.


Participants of Music Major Preview Day will have the opportunity to experience a side-by-side rehearsal with one of our ensembles. Voice students will join a rehearsal of The Madison Singers, string students will work with the JMU Symphony Orchestra, and wind and percussion students will join the JMU Wind Symphony. Get a feel for what it is like playing with a top collegiate ensemble and work with our distinguished ensemble directors.


Work with our renowned faculty in a masterclass setting. JMU School of Music performance faculty are nationally recognized performers. Get a chance to meet the faculty and meet some of the students in their applied music studios. You will get to hear some of our student performers and hear the faculty talk about their approaches to performing.

Sample Lecture

A music curriculum typically consists of performance opportunities like ensembles and applied lessons but also classroom courses like music theory, music education, and musicology. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a sample lecture to gain insight into the classroom experience as a music major. JMU faculty in music theory, music education, and musicology are leading scholars in their disciplines who publish and present research nationally and internationally.

Financial Aid

A representative from the JMU Financial Aid Office will give a presentation about applying for financial aid. Topics will include the various steps for applying for aid and different kinds of aid.

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