Music

Experience Artistry within the Liberal Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete

Degree Type: Undergraduate

Whether you dream of performing or sharing the joy of music through teaching; as a music major at Doane University you can pursue a career in diverse fields, such as:

  • Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Performing
  • Composition
  • Accompanying
  • Music Business or Merchandising
  • Arts Management

There are approximately 200 students enrolled in Doane's Music Department. Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology. As a music student, you can join our National Association for Music Education (NAfME) chapter, become involved in our theatre productions, assist the hosting of Tiger Band High School Invitational, The Fall Festival of Winds or the Doane Vocal Festival.

All students planning to attend Doane University are invited to audition for a music scholarship. For students unable to audition for a Doane Music Scholarship in person, we are pleased to offer an alternative.

Career Paths

A music degree from Doane University prepares students for Graduate-level studies in fields such as:

  • Conducting
  • Performance
  • History and Musicology
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Therapy
Courses

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Requirements for the Music Major:

Complete 1, 2, or 3

Option 1. Music General emphasis:

MUS 115 - Theory of Music I (3)

MUS 115L - Aural Skills Lab I (1)

MUS 116 - Theory of Music II (3)

MUS 116L - Aural Skills Lab II (1)

MUS 204 - Basic Conducting (2)

MUS 215 - Theory of Music III (3)

MUS 215L - Aural Skills Lab III (1)

MUS 217 - Theory of Music IV: Form and Analysis (2)

MUS 235 - Music History I (2)

MUS 307 - Music History II (3)

MUS 308 - Music History III (2)

MUS 496 - Senior Seminar (2)

 

Six credits chosen from the following applied lessons:

MUS 111A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 111B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 111C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 112A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 112B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 112C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 211A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 211B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 211C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 212A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 212B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 212C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 311A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 311B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 311C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 312A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 312B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 312C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 411A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 411B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 411C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 412A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 412B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 412C - Instruments (1-2)

 

Nine additional music credits, six of which may be credits from membership in one of the major ensembles

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

Participation each semester in a major performing ensemble

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

Four-Year Plan

Music Advising Guide 

 

Option 2. Music Performance emphasis:

MUS 115 - Theory of Music I (3)

MUS 115L - Aural Skills Lab I (1)

MUS 116 - Theory of Music II (3)

MUS 116L - Aural Skills Lab II (1)

MUS 204 - Basic Conducting (2)

MUS 215 - Theory of Music III (3)

MUS 215L - Aural Skills Lab III (1)

MUS 217 - Theory of Music IV: Form and Analysis (2)

MUS 235 - Music History I (2)

MUS 301 - Half Recital (0)

MUS 307 - Music History II (3)

MUS 308 - Music History III (2)

MUS 401 - Full Recital (1)

MUS 496 - Senior Seminar (2)

 

Twelve credits of the following applied lessons, a minimum of 10 in their primary performing medium:

MUS 111A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 111B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 111C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 112A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 112B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 112C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 211A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 211B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 211C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 212A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 212B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 212C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 311A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 311B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 311C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 312A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 312B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 312C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 411A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 411B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 411C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 412A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 412B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 412C - Instruments (1-2)

 

Twelve additional music credits, six of which may be credits from membership in one of the major ensembles

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

Participation each semester in a major performing ensemble

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

Four-Year Plan

Music, Performance Advising Guide 

 

Option 3: Music Education

Students seeking certification for teaching in music must complete the following 54 credits in music.  Upon completion of the following course requirements, students may apply to the Nebraska Department of Education for an initial teaching certificate with a PK-12 music endorsement.

MUS 115 - Theory of Music I (3)

MUS 115L - Aural Skills Lab I (1)

MUS 116 - Theory of Music II (3)

MUS 116L - Aural Skills Lab II (1)

MUS 215 - Theory of Music III (3)

MUS 215L - Aural Skills Lab III (1)

MUS 217 - Theory of Music IV: Form and Analysis (2)

MUS 235 - Music History I (2)

MUS 301 - Half Recital (0)

MUS 307 - Music History II (3)

MUS 308 - Music History III (2)

MUS 121 - Introduction to Music Education (1)

MUS 204 - Basic Conducting (2)

MUS 205 - Percussion/String Methods (2)

MUS 207 - Brass Techniques (1)

MUS 208 - Woodwind Techniques (1)

MUS 221 - Elementary Music Methods (3)

MUS 305 - Advanced Conducting (2)

MUS 316 - Foundations of Music Teaching and Learning (0)

MUS 331 - Choral Methods (3)

MUS 341 - Instrumental Methods (3)

MUS 426 - Seminar in Music Teaching (4)

MUS 431 - Advanced Topics in Music Education (2)

 

Six credits in a primary performing medium (instrument and/or voice) chosen from the following applied lessons:

MUS 111A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 111B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 111C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 112A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 112B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 112C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 211A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 211B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 211C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 212A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 212B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 212C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 311A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 311B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 311C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 312A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 312B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 312C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 411A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 411B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 411C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 412A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 412B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 412C - Instruments (1-2)

 

Two credits in a secondary performing medium (instrument and/or voice) chosen from the following applied lessons:

MUS 105A - Piano Proficiency I (0-1)

MUS 105B - Class Voice (1)

MUS 106A - Piano Proficiency II (0-1)

MUS 106B - Class Voice (1)

MUS 107 - Piano Proficiency III (0-1)

MUS 108 - Piano Proficiency IV (0-1)

MUS 111A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 111B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 111C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 112A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 112B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 112C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 211A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 211B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 211C - Instruments (1-2)

MUS 212A - Piano (1-2)

MUS 212B - Voice (1-2)

MUS 212C - Instruments (1-2)

 

Participation each semester in one or more of the major performing ensembles

for 0 or 1 credit.

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

Six additional MUS credits, all of which may be credits from membership in one of the major ensembles

MUS 190 - Concert Band (0-1)

MUS 191 - Doane Choir (0-1)

MUS 192 - Collegiate Chorale (0-1)

MUS 195 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (0-1)

MUS 196 - String Chamber Music (0-1)

MUS 198 - Women's Chorale (0-1)

 

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Secondary Education

 

Four-Year Plan

Music, Teaching Advising Guide 

Faculty & Staff

Kathleen Ohlman - Assistant Professor of Practice

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Kurt Runestad - Professor

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William Whipple III - Assistant Professor of Music

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Special Programs

Every year students have the opportunity to travel as members of Doane’s elite musical organizations. The choir tours internationally every three (3) years. Both the band and choir take a major two-week tour every 3 years. Recent tours have included:

  • Arizona
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Portland
  • Seattle
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
Emphasis Areas
  • General
  • Performance
  • Teaching
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Student Organizations

Collegiate Chorale

Collegiate Chorale is a non-auditioned, well-balanced choir of 55-65 voices. It performs three or four times on campus during the academic year and off-campus as well. The group includes students of diverse ages and majors. Prerequisite: none.

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Student Organizations

Concert Band

The Concert Band is open to all students. Auditions for chair placement take place in the fall. Performances include two scheduled concerts per semester and participation in important college ceremony functions. Participation in the Concert Band can be used to partially fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. Prerequisite: Audition.

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Student Organizations

Doane Choir

An auditioned choir of 50 voices, the Doane Choir is the university's premier choral ensemble. Returning students audition in the spring and new students audition in the fall. Membership is based on these auditions and takes into consideration both musical talent and ensemble needs. Members rehearse four times a week for a total of four-and-one-half hours. Participation in the ensemble can be used for partial fulfillment of the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. The Doane Choir performs 3-4 concerts on campus annually. The choir also tours annually to a region of the United States and undertakes international tours every three years. The ensemble has received regular invitations from around the state to perform with the state's top professional orchestras and music conferences. Prerequisite: Audition.

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Student Organizations

Doublewide

Doublewide is Doane's men's chamber ensemble. Though Doublewide sings Classical repertoire as well, their specialization is in popular styles: doo-wop, vocal jazz, gospel and barbershop. The group varies in size from 12-16 singers, depending on the year. Doublewide tours every spring with Doane's vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz Unlimited, and also performs with the Doane Choir on its annual tours. The groups performs without a conductor but rehearses with the guidance of Doane's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Kurt Runestad. Prerequisite: Audition.

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Student Organizations

Jazz Ensemble

The Doane Jazz Ensemble is an ensemble that performs a variety of jazz, rock, Latin, swing and fusion styles. The jazz band is open to all students by audition or permission. The jazz band generally performs twice a semester. The possibility of travel opportunities is dependent on the performance requests the ensemble accepts. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble often joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on its annual tour. Prerequisite: Audition.

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Student Organizations

Jazz Unlimited

Doane's vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz Unlimited typically has 14-16 members, and often performs with a three-piece rhythm section. The group rehearses twice a week, and sings challenging music of many styles, including standard and contemporary jazz, swing, Latin, ballads, and pop/rock arrangements, both a capella and with a rhythm section. The students perform a "Cocoa and Carols" concert in December each year, featuring soloists and a few Christmas arrangements, in addition to their regular repertoire. In the spring they tour Nebraska with the Doane men's a cappella group, Doublewide. JU also performs at the ACDA Vocal Jazz Festival in Columbus, Relay for Life at Doane University, and in various local venues on and off campus. Highly competitive auditions for the group occur each fall. Membership in the ensemble is a year-long commitment.

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Student Organizations

National Association for Music Education

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) serves to augment classroom work in the field of music education to promote special projects of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and the National Conference, and to expand the knowledge and horizons of future music educators. NAfME is open to students interested in music education.

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Student Organizations

Tiger Pep Band

Tiger Pep Band is an instrumental music ensemble open to all students and performs at home football games during the fall semester. The ensemble utilizes a student-centered, constructivist approach, providing opportunities for students to develop skills in teaching, conducting, leadership, collaboration, communication, community engagement and outreach, composing, and arranging. Upon completion of this course, students will improve their musicianship through the performance of a varied repertoire of music selected and created by the students. Prerequisite(s): none.     Conductor: Dr. Jay W. Gilbert (jay.gilbert@doane.edu)

The Doane Difference

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Perform

Doane ensembles have been selected to perform for numerous conferences, including the Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.

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Tour

Doane ensembles regularly go on tour, whether it’s throughout the state, the United States, or internationally. The Doane Choir has sung in 13 countries over the last decade while the Doane Concert Band has performed in cities like Chicago and Washington D.C.

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Tools of the Trade

The college owns a great deal of music equipment, including 2 (two) Steinway concert pianos. Additionally, significant gifts to the Music Department have made it possible to provide future upgrades of equipment, facilities, and experiences for our students.

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