Can I get credit for participating in Music?
YES! – All of the ensembles are courses you can take and receive credit toward your graduation.
Are there scholarships available?
Since there is no degree in music at Georgia Tech, there is no music scholarship available for incoming freshman. However, there are other opportunities offered to students who dedicate their time and energy to the band program.
The Marching Band offers various stipends for student leadership positions. The Music Minor Degree Program offers, in a sense, music scholarships by funding lessons. The scholarships for music minors are “indirect.” This means that those students accepted into the minor program do not pay for the 3 required semesters of applied lessons. Acceptance into the program is based on audition and approved by a faculty committee.
The John Evan Kelley Music Award Endowment Fund proceeds are utilized at the discretion of the Band Directors to provide scholarships, awards and/or monetary support for travel for dedicated members of the Georgia Tech Bands (Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands). Scholarship and award candidates must apply, perform an audition, and meet other more specific academic and musical criteria. One-time awards and travel support allocations are disbursed at the discretion of the band directors.
The Kelley Family Music Scholarship Fund proceeds are utilized in two ways. A scholarship is awarded to provide financial support for a gifted pianist to work within the choral program as an accompanist. Other scholarships are awarded to outstanding dedicated students within the instrumental program. These scholarships, when available, may be renewable based upon audition requirements, academic, and musical criteria.
Will I have enough time to study and participate in Music?
Our music programs members span a variety of degree programs and focuses.
What does it cost?
Costs to participate in any of the ensembles are nominal.
- First year Marching Band – approximately $275. The Athletic Association covers travel expenses to all performances. (They even provide per diem to buy meals.)
- Instrument rental is $25 per semester.
- Instrument lockers are located in the Couch Building (room 103) and may be rented at a cost of $10 per semester.
- If you are enrolled in an ensemble, a practice room key may be issued at a cost of $10 per semester ($25 if not enrolled in a music class).
- Each of the ensembles requires specific concert dress. For example, the Symphonic and Concert Bands require men to wear tuxedos and women to wear black formal attire.
If I march, when can I move into my dorm?
If you plan to participate in the Marching Band, you will be able to move into your dorm room on the first Monday of band camp. The Athletic Association covers on-campus housing costs during band camp.
What do I do if I have a scheduling conflict with an ensemble?
If you have tried everything to avoid a conflict with an ensemble rehearsal, but cannot find a way around your scheduling problem, contact the ensemble director as soon as possible. In many cases, these conflicts can be worked out.
Who else will be there?
You’ll meet a great number of students in the Department’s thriving ensembles, representing a complete list of the majors of campus at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These are inclusive, not exclusive ensembles and activities. If you don’t know anyone on campus, this is a great place to meet the cream of the crop. Surveys demonstrate that music students have higher GPA’s than the general student body. These are people you ought to know.
Should I wait?
Some students decide to wait “until they get their feet on the ground” before becoming involved. Most will become involved in other activities and not come back to music. They miss the very supportive elements that make a successful academic career: diverse experiences, positive social interactions and confidence building through team and individual effort. The proof is in the research: music students do better in school.
When do ensembles rehearse?
Ensemble rehearsal schedule is designed to avoid conflicts with core classes. The rehearsal schedule for fall is:
|Men’s Glee Club||M||6:00-8:00|
|Concert Band (Fall)||TTh||4:30-6:00|
|Concert Band (Spring)||MW||4:30-6:00|
|Jazz Ensemble I||TTh||3:00-4:30|
|Jazz Ensemble II||MW||2:00-3:00|