Contemporary Music

Get a heavy dose of music theory, aural skills and music history on your way to a bachelor’s in contemporary music. You can customize your major by choosing a concentration such as instrumental performance, jazz and popular music or vocal performance, or you can focus on choral or instrumental conducting. No matter which you choose, you will be well equipped for a career involving music with this versatile degree.

credits required for the contemporary music major

Concentrations and focuses to choose among

student clubs and organizations are waiting to welcome you in

%

of students are assigned multiple advisers devoted to guiding them through their four years at WOU

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate artistic proficiency for music careers such as performance, composition, writing, production, research and teaching.
  • Possess an awareness of the role of music arts in society.
  • Produce scholarly creative projects, solve professional problems independently and demonstrate a well-developed intellectual/ aesthetic focus.

Career opportunities

  • Choir or band teacher
  • Vocal performer
  • Songwriter/composer
  • Instrumentalist
  • Music agent/concert promoter

Faculty

DIANE BAXTER

Professor, Music
503-838-8542 | baxterd@wou.edu | APSC 232

DIRK FREYMUTH

Associate Professor, Music
503-838-8874 | freymutd@wou.edu | APSC 233A

JULIA FRUIT

Office Coordinator, Music
503-838-8275 | fruitj@wou.edu | SH 106

KIERSTEN GARBER

NTT Instructor, Music
garberk@wou.edu

KEVIN HELPPIE

Professor, Music
503-838-8876 | helppik@wou.edu | APSC 233B

MICHAEL HETTWER

Hourly Lessons Instructor, Music
hettwerm@wou.edu

CLAIRE HUDKINS

NTT Assistant Professor, Voice, Jazz and Commercial Music, Classical, Musical Theater, Music , Music
503-838-9365 | hudkinsc@wou.edu | SH 102B

KEITH KARNS

NTT Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Music
503-838-8541 | karnsk@wou.edu | APSC 221

KELLEN KING

NTT Assistant Professor, Percussion, Music
503-838-9448 | kingk@wou.edu | SH 105

MICHAEL MOORE

Hourly Lessons Instructor, Music
503-838-8275 | moorem@wou.edu | SH

JACQUELINE MORELLI

NTT Assistant Professor, Collaborative Pianist, Piano Proficiency, Music, Music
503-838-8276 | morellj@wou.edu | APSC 231

CHARLES MUELLER

NTT Assistant Professor, Music
503-838-8461 | muellerc@wou.edu | SMITH 104

IKE NAIL

Director of Bands and Orchestra, Music
503-838-8341 | naili@wou.edu | SH 102A

JAMES REDDAN

Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Music
503-838-8802 | reddanj@wou.edu | SH 124

JASCHA SMITH

NTT Instructor, Music
503-838-8275 | smithjd@wou.edu | SH

SOPON SUWANNAKIT

NTT Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies, Music
503-838-9459 | suwannakits@wou.edu | CH 005

CARLOS VELEZ

NTT Assistant Professor, Music Theory, Composition, Flute, Music
503-838-8437 | velezc@wou.edu | SH 101

KEVIN WALCZYK

Professor, Composition Studies, Music
503-838-8274 | keveli@wou.edu | APSC 228

ERIC WALLACE

NTT Instructor, Music
wallacee@wou.edu

QUESTIONS - Contemporary Music

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Contact Us

Phone: 503-838-8275

E-mail: music@wou.edu 

Location: Smith Hall