Getting a feel for music at the University of Regina

By Dale Johnson Posted: November 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.

U of R music students are jumping for joy over Open House Week in the Music Department.
U of R music students are jumping for joy over Open House Week in the Music Department. Photo courtesy of U of R Photography.

The University of Regina is holding its second annual Open House Week in the Music Department from November 16 to November 20.

“It gives prospective students a close look at what happens in university-level music classes at the University of Regina,” explains Dr. Lynn Cavanagh, acting head of the Department of Music.

Interested students can meet faculty and current students, tour the facilities, sit in on classes, take part in rehearsals, and learn about the various degree programs.

“Students have the opportunity to pick the classes and day that fit best into their own busy schedules. The flexibility of the week allows them to sit in and participate in ensembles and classes,” explains Brent Ghiglione, director of bands and associate professor in the Department of Music.

All of the events are being held in the Riddell Centre at the University of Regina.

“In addition to regularly scheduled music classes and rehearsals, prospective students can hear current students in recital (Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.); chat with a current UR music students at lunch or supper, or attend, for free, the Thursday at 7:30 p.m. recital by an award-winning violinist and pianist currently on a cross-Canada tour,” says Cavanagh.

And with sufficient notice, she says the Department will even make available a complimentary lesson in the student’s instrument or voice.

“Going from an ear training class to a session on how to play woodwind instruments to a choral rehearsal gives visitors a realistic idea of what a day in the life of a music student is like. Prospective students observe professors’ teaching styles, the individual attention that students receive and the variety of offerings - all features that make the Department of Music a great learning environment,” Cavanagh adds.

Registration for Open House Week in the Music Department is free, and parents are welcome to come and experience a day in the life of a University of Regina music student.