School of Music ensembles are open to all Penn State students, regardless of major. Participants receive one academic credit per semester. These credits fulfill General Arts credits in many colleges and majors. Graduate credit (500-level) may be granted in select ensembles at the discretion of the director/conductor. Audition or instructor approval is required. Once accepted into the ensemble you may register for the credit. . For a complete schedule of auditions, please visit our ensemble audition page. Due to the nature of music making, air particles are produced at a greater rate by musicians than produced during regular speech. Participation in these ensembles will require stricter COVID-19 procedures to be followed. The School of Music is making every effort to provide a safe environment.
Many non-music majors participate in the School of Music's private lesson program, and these lessons are available for most instruments and voice. Designed for students with previous experience, there is a nominal extra fee involved for this one-on-one instruction. For information on how to set up a private lesson, please access Opportunities for Non-Majors.
Music Classes for Non-Music Majors
The School of Music offers a full range of academic classes for students interested in developing their musical knowledge but who are majoring in other fields of study. A listing of School of Music classes and their scheduled meeting times can be found at the online Penn State course schedule.
Concerts and Other Events
The School of Music welcomes the entire Penn State community and general public to its approximately 400 events per year. Due to restrictions put in place for limited gatherings, most of the Fall 2020 concerts will be available via LIVESTREAM. For a complete listing of all School of Music events, please go to Performances & Events, and click on our Concert Calendar. Also, we urge you to join our weekly email announcement list.
The School of Music's performance venue is our new Recital Hall, located in Music Building I. Other performing venues on the University Park campus include large concert halls such as Eisenhower Auditorium, administrated by the Center for the Performing Arts. We also utilize more intimate concert spaces such as the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Worship Hall and Eisenhower Chapel.