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WHS student musicians experienced life as music majors

Students learned what life is like for a music major at Washington State University and the University of Idaho

WOODLAND — Woodland High School band students took part in “Music Major for a Day” at Washington State University’s School of Music in Pullman followed by a private tour and instruction at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho.

The 10 band students experienced life as a music major including experiencing a college student’s typical schedule. Students learned about degree programs, admission, auditions, scholarships, and financial aid along with attending classes and participating in ensemble rehearsals.

Students at Woodland High School raved about the opportunity to learn from collegiate musicians. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Students at Woodland High School raved about the opportunity to learn from collegiate musicians. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Students attended classes including Music Fundamentals, Music History, Opera Workshop, Instrumental Conducting and Film Music. In addition to classes, students sat in on and played alongside college musicians while also receiving complimentary lessons from nationally-acclaimed professors of music.

The following day, students toured the Lionel Hampton School of Music with a private tour of the University of Idaho campus. Students had question-and-answer sessions with Dr. Spencer Martin, Director of the Athletic Bands and coordinator of visitor events. Once again, students received private lessons with university professors and graduate students.

Students from Woodland High School recently attended college classes and played alongside college musicians. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Students from Woodland High School recently attended college classes and played alongside college musicians. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

“Both Washington State University and the University of Idaho provided an incredibly welcoming environment which ensured everyone had an amazing time,” said Bryana Steck, band and music teacher for Woodland High School. “Music Major for a Day was an incredible and unique experience which certainly piqued the interest of many of our students who are considering participating in music at the university level.”

Following classes and sessions, students watched the 250-piece ensemble marching band perform a private show just for the students. “It was an incredible experience the students will not soon forget,” said Steck.

Woodland High School band students learned what life is like for a music major at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Woodland High School band students learned what life is like for a music major at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.

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