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Join the NWOSU Bands!

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers all the opportunities that can be found at any large university combined with the friendliness and warmth of a small college. The bands are open to all students regardless of major, and participation scholarships are available. Whether you plan to major in music or if you simply want to continue playing during your university years, you’ll find participating in the bands at Northwestern to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

The Ranger Bands need you!  Complete the Prospective Student Interest Form to be contacted about membership and potential scholarships.

Prospective Student Interest Form

Contact:

Mr. Michael Seth Cudd
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Music and Music Education
Fine Arts 304
Northwestern-Alva
(580) 327-8191
mscudd@nwosu.edu


Clubs:

Phi Delta Music Society
Katelyn Cutsinger, President
krcutsinger61@rangers.nwosu.edu

 

Performance Groups

Scholarships

All band participants who are full-time students qualify for up to a $2,000 annual scholarship.  This is renewable each year.

The following additional scholarships must be applied for by February 15.  Applications are available by asking music faculty members:

  1. The Alton and Betty Zimmerman Vocal Scholar Award is presented to an outstanding incoming freshman-vocalist who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The award is renewable each year for up to four years.
  2. The Blackford-Funk Scholarship, established in memory of Gladys A. (Blackford) Funk, class of 1915, is intended for a piano major.
  3. The Charles fisher Scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time continuing instrumental music or music education major. This scholarship is intended to be awarded to one student, and be applied toward university-related expenses.
  4. The Donovan and Dorothy Reichenberger Vocal Scholar Award is presented to a continuing vocal music student or an outstanding incoming freshman who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The award is renewable each year for four years.
  5. The Doris Cooley Scholarship is intended for a music major from any performance medium, and is given in memory of Mrs. Cooley who was the wife of Rev. Raymond Cooley, former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Alva.
  6. The Dorothy Reichenberger Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a continuing student or an incoming freshman who meets the admission standards and the scholarship selection criteria set forth by Northwestern’s music faculty. The candidate must participate in the vocal or instrumental music program.
  7. The Earl & Margie Brunkest Estate Music Scholarship is intended for a full-time student majoring in music. This scholarship will be applied toward university-related expenses including tuition, books, fees, room or board.
  8. The Electa Lee Frieden Scholarship is given in honor of Mrs. Frieden, wife of Mr. Dale Frieden.  Mr. Dale Frieden was one of the first trustees of the Northwestern Foundation, and past chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Because of her support of the Foundation and her interest in music, the Frieden Scholarship is intended for a student who makes a worthy contribution to the music program.
  9. The Fred Neuman Scholarship is intended for a music major who graduated from Alva High School. Fred Neuman was the choir director at Alva for many years and his former students established this scholarship fund.
  10. The Joan Talley Fisher Scholarship is intended for a full-time student majoring in instrumental or vocal music.
  11. The Kenneth and Sue Fellers Family Scholarship is awarded to a full-time music major in odd years and to a math or science major in even years. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be a continuing student, with a preference given to students residing in Northwest Oklahoma. Kenneth Fellers, a 1963 math and physics graduate, wishes to assist student in math, physical or biological science. Sue Fellers, a 1964 music graduate, wishes to assist students in music.
  12. The Oscar Stover Scholarship is intended for a member or members who make a significant contribution to the Ranger Band.  It is presented in memory of Oscar Stover, distinguished faculty member and Music Department Chairman from 1960 until his retirement in 1976. The Director of Instrument Music selects the student recipients of this award.
  13. The Ruth Marie Genuit Scholarship is intended for a vocal major. The recipient is selected by audition with the music faculty. The award is given in memory of Ruth Genuit who was a member of the music faculty from 1942 until her retirement in 1971.
  14. The Shirley Family Music Scholarship is to be awarded to a continuing full-time student. This student is not required to be a music major or minor, but participation in band is required. First consideration will be given to the applicant with the highest financial need.  
  15. The Frankie Rogers Baxter Scholarship is to be awarded in Fall of Odd years to a Fine Arts major, who is full-time student at the Alva campus, native Oklahoman,  and with a 3.0 or higher.  The scholarship is named after George T. and Frankie Rogers Baxter and alternates between the Fine Arts and Science/Math Departments.  

 

Careers for Degree

What Can I Do with a Music Degree?

  • Announcer
  • Instrument Restorer
  • Piano Tuner
  • Armed Forces Band Member
  • Instrumentalist
  • Session Musician
  • Arranger
  • Music Critic
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Audio Technician
  • Music Executive
  • Singer
  • Booking Agent
  • Music Editor
  • Songwriter
  • Boom Operator
  • Music Librarian
  • Sound Engineer
  • Cantor Music
  • Publisher
  • Recording Mixer
  • Choir Director
  • Lyricist
  • Sound Technician
  • Classical Musician
  • Music Salesperson
  • Stage Manager
  • Communications Expert
  • Music Store Manager
  • Studio Teacher
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher
  • Synthesizer Specialist
  • Concert Master
  • Music Therapist
  • Talent Agent
  • Conductor Music
  • Video Producer
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Musical Performer
  • Theatrical Agent
  • Disc Jockey
  • Orchestra Musician
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Editor
  • Organist
  • Recording Director
  • Film Music Editor
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Instrument Repairperson
  • Jazz Musician
  • Transcriber

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Outcomes in Each Major

Bachelor of Arts in music

The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in music will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of music, the theory of music, and competence in aural skills by sight and sound.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of music. 
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles, philosophy, and methodology of current performance and pedagogy practices.
  4. Demonstrate performing competence.
  5. Demonstrate basic piano skills necessary to become successful music performers and/or applied music teachers.

 

Bachelor of Music

The graduate with a Bachelor of Music will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  1. Perform at the highest possible level in his/her primary performance medium.
  2. Understand the basic elements and structures of music history, theory, and performance literature.
  3. Teach essential elements of music and music performance.
  4. Demonstrate functional piano performance skills.
  5. Understand music’s relationship to the other arts, and how the arts relate to mankind.
  6. Use technology in appropriate musical applications.
  7. Communicate the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of music to a diverse society.

 

Bachelor of Music Education

The graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  1. Teach essential elements of music and music performance at elementary and secondary school levels.
  2. Understand the basic elements and structures of music history, theory, and performance literature.
  3. Perform with appropriate tone, technique, and musicality in his/her primary performance medium.
  4. Demonstrate functional piano performance skills.
  5. Understand music’s relationship to the other arts, and how the arts relate to mankind.
  6. Use technology in appropriate musical applications.
  7. Communicate the intellectual, emotional and aesthetic qualities of music to a diverse society. 
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