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Mayville State University offers music participation opportunities in Concert Choir and Concert Band. The groups perform recitals and concerts each year, including a Christmas concert, and as part of the Honor Band weekend performance. 

Mayville State also offers a minor in music that complements education majors and other degree programs.

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Scholarships for Music Participants

All students who participate in Concert Band or Choir earn a participation scholarship. Scholarships range from $250 to $625 per semester, determined by years of participation in the ensemble. Students who participate in both band and choir receive two scholarships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to audition for concert band or choir?
No. Students need only register for the class.

Do I need to audition for a scholarship?
No. Students who register for the class will receive a scholarship, determined by years of participation in the ensemble.

Are private music lessons available?

Does Mayville State have the larger band instruments available?
Yes. We have many of the larger instruments available for students to use.

When do the band and choir rehearse?
Concert Choir rehearses Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 noon until 12:50 p.m. Concert Band rehearses Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 12:50 p.m.

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Music Minor

Students earning the music minor at Mayville State will be certified to teach music in grades K-8 in North Dakota. The minor pairs nicely with majors in elementary education and early childhood education and has been developed to meet the need for qualified music teachers in area school districts. 

While the music education minor has been designed to complement any education major in early childhood through elementary levels, it would also work well with majors in several academic disciplines at Mayville State, including business administration, fitness and wellness, and communication.

A major strength of the music education minor is its flexibility. Because it is a composite minor, students have the ability to choose an emphasis in vocal or instrumental music, or even both. Transfer students may have previous classes in the music areas accepted toward the minor at Mayville State.

See the Music Education Minor fact sheet.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Byron Ward                                                  
Office: 701-788-4742

Music Curriculum

The purpose of the music curriculum is to provide opportunities for enjoyable musical experiences, both vocally and instrumentally. These opportunities are made available through varied repertoire and style of music for the vocalist, ranging from classical (Renaissance, Baroque, etc.) through 20th and 21st century music to concert band, stage band, or solos/ensembles for the instrumentalist.

Private lessons offer opportunities to students in applied music in a variety of performance areas. Lessons are offered on demand.

Concert Choir is designed to offer vocal experiences to those interested in performing a wide variety of choral music.

Concert Band is designed to offer a wide range of instrumental experiences to those interested in performing a variety of instrumental music at concerts and other events.