The Music Department offers a number of opportunities to Lewis students, regardless of major. As long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an applied instrument or voice lesson for credit at no additional charge.
Applied lessons for non-majors are one credit hour and result in a weekly 30 minute private, 1:1, lesson. Lesson days and times are TBD.
Beginners are welcome! Students do not need to know how to read music or have any musical background. Our instructors work with students from beginning to advanced college majors.
For some applied instruments, students do not need to have their own instrument. The Music Department is able to provide guitars, bass guitars, double basses, percussion instruments, and pianos to beginning students. For other instruments, the Music Department can help arrange rental instruments for the semester.
Applied lessons do not yet satisfy the Fine Arts general education requirement, but they do award elective credit toward the 128 credits required for graduation.
The Music Department also has a number of ensembles for college credit. Like applied lessons, as long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an ensemble for credit at no additional charge.
Ensemble scholarships are available to ALL Lewis students! See our Scholarship Information Page for details.
Auditions are not required to enroll in an ensemble; however, most ensembles require some type of audition for placement and seating. These auditions typically happen during the first week of classes.
All ensembles are one-credit hour.
Chamber Choir: this choir sings all types of music from classical to pop.
Jazz Band: this ensemble plays all types of jazz music, and like Chamber Choir, a limited number of scholarships are available.
University Orchestra: students should visit mysomusic.org for audition information.
Rock Band Ensemble: our newest ensemble, this group plays all types of pop music. Drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, rappers, DJs, and singers are encouraged to enroll!