* Please take a look at our Music Scholarships

If you love music and want to share that passion with young people, consider a major in music education at University of Jamestown. Our Music Education degree program provides a comprehensive music background along with all of the requirements for teacher licensure. We invite you to join our dynamic team of teachers and learners in an exciting journey to realize your potential and fulfill your promise.

University of Jamestown Music Education Distinctions

Our curriculum reflects current state and national standards for preparation of future music teachers. As a music education major at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty who are dedicated to teaching and willing to work with students to have the best college experience
  • numerous performing ensembles
  • hands-on opportunities to meet and work with educators and students in the community
  • the latest information with regard to legislation and regulations affecting the teaching profession
  • Small class sizes with the focus on excellence in teaching and student learning
  • Significant opportunities for international study, hands-on field experiences, and co-curricular activities

Proven Success

University of Jamestown education students score above the national average on the ACT test and maintain some of the top grade point averages among all students. We seek students who can face the demands and challenges of the teaching profession and who are well-prepared and confident that they will make an important difference in the lives of children and young adults.

Education students are encouraged to join the Student North Dakota Education Association. Other organizations in early childhood education, reading, mathematics, and science also provide opportunities for participation.

Eligible students are invited to join Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society and professional association in education.

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.


Certifications/Degrees: D.A., University of Northern Colorado


Periodically, departments do employ adjunct faculty when full-time faculty do not have time within their schedules to teach all courses which the university wishes to be taught. Additionally, sometimes there is a community member or member of the staff at the University of Jamestown that holds a skill or has had education which makes it possible to teach a course which cannot otherwise be taught by regular full-time faculty. This list does change semester-to-semester.

  • University of Jamestown
    Music Department
    6031 Department
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  • Richard Walentine, DMA Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts

    rwalenti@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5026

  • Aaron McDermid, ABD Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

    amcdermi@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5428

  • Laura (Zamzow) Lynch, D.A. Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music

    laura.lynch@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5438

  • Sarah Larsen Performing Arts Program Manager

    Sarah.Larsen@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5425

Performing Arts Scholarships Application

  • We offer a Performing Arts Major scholarship (up to $6500/year) and a Performing Arts Participation scholarship (up to $3000/year). We invite you to participate by completing the Music Scholarship application below. When we have received your application, your admission counselor will be in contact with you.

    We look forward to your audition! If you have any questions, please give us a call.

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    Auditions are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Times are first-come, first-serve. Your admission counselor or visit coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm your time.

    Music Participation Auditions:

    Instrumental ensemble Participation Audition
    o Play a full-range chromatic scale as high as possible and as low as possible to demonstrate range and technique
    o Be prepared to play scales up to three sharps and three flats
    o Play a half-page etude or solo (Must list piece with this application)

    Choral Ensemble Participation Auditions
    o Vocalize up and down the scale to demonstrate range
    o Sing a short familiar tune to demonstrate vocal tone and technique
    o Repeat four melodic patterns to demonstrate tonal memory
    o (For Soprano only) – Sing a one-note crescendo and decrescendo on high F-sharp for tone characteristics and vibrato control

    Music Major Auditions:

    A performance component, consisting of two contrasting selections from standard classical literature, in your primary performance area. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding suitable literature (Must list piece with application)
    Provide a letter of reference from your music teacher
    Provide a brief resume of your interests and experience in music

    Fine Arts Major (Theatre) and Theatre Participation Auditions:

    Meet with Mike McIntyre, Theatre Director
    Perform two prepared monologues or pieces of your choosing. Each monologue should be 1-2 minutes in length.



  • We look forward to your audition! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Richard Walentine, DMA
    Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts

    701-252-3467 ext. 5026