Student Music in College

Student Music in College

Want to star in your own college glee club? Find out how as we explore organizations on campus that focus on musical performance and appreciation.

Whether you sing, play an instrument, or are simply a music fan, you don’t have to be a musical theater major in order to continue your interests in college.

From marching band to glee club, colleges have all sorts of student organizations that either focus on performance or are simply a means for you to get together with individuals of similar musical tastes, while also providing a great opportunity for you to make friends.

College Music Clubs

Musical groups can be found on nearly all college campuses. Check with your school to see which types of student organizations are offered. For the most part, you will not need to be a music major in order to participate in any of these groups, but an audition may be necessary.

  • Marching Band: Although Marching Band generally requires a greater time commitment than most other clubs, you’ll get to perform at football games and, in some cases, travel with the team to other schools. Previous experience marching isn’t always necessary – the University of Michigan only requires an audition that tests your proficiency with your instrument.
  • Glee Club: Made newly popular by the hit television show, glee clubs perform a variety of vocal songs and styles. Membership can be comprised of one or both sexes, depending on your school. At the University of Notre Dame, the glee club travels to Europe for a summer tour, including concerts in Rome, Zurich, Munich, and Paris.
  • Symphonic Band: Similar to high school symphonic bands, college bands bring together wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists to practice and perform concerts throughout the school year. At UCLA, you don’t have to be a music major to get into symphonic band, but you will need to audition, as a limited number of spots are available.
  • Jazz Band: Jazz bands are great because they are typically a smaller, more intimate group than symphonic bands. You’ll also get to perform in duets or trios with other members. Purdue University takes trips abroad every year, and it also hosts the annual Purdue Jazz Festival, which brings in over 90 high school jazz ensembles from the Midwest for competitions, concerts, and clinics.
  • Listening Clubs: If you’d prefer to meet and listen to music rather than perform, you can find clubs that cater nearly every genre. For example, Penn State’s Jazz Club and Texas A&M’s Electronic Music club bring together students to listen and share music from those genres. They work together to host events, and sometimes bring in musicians and lecturers to talk to the group.

Remember, you can always get together with your friends and start a band or a club, if you find that your school doesn’t have the student organization that you’re looking for. Don’t let your musical talents go to waste – try to find a way to stay involved when you get to college.

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