College Credit

🎓 Earn College Credit through Oregon State University

By special arrangement, the OSU nationally ranked and recognized Ecampus program is offering a special course for OAM students traveling to Europe. The course is designed to enhance the travel experience, while providing 3 units of college credit.  ONLY OAM STUDENTS WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE COURSE.  The class schedule will be delivered online providing students information on the musical history of the European locations visited. Enrollment opens on April 11 and will still be available up to the start of the class. See below if you are interested in the topics that will be covered during the course.

There is no age restriction for participation.  

All students younger than 18 will require parent approval.

✏️ OSU Registration Information – 3 Step Process

Step 1: Register as a non-degree seeking student at OSU.  There is a $30 application fee.  Click here to apply: If you would like more information about the application process, visit HERE.  

Step 2:  And now you…wait! You will need to wait 4 or 5 days for the university to process your application.  You will not be able to enroll until you receive your OSU ID.   If you are confused, email and let her know that you are planning to enroll for the OAM music appreciate course.

Step 3: It’s now time to register for MUS 101: Music Appreciation-Survey (CRN: 74922, Section 401, Instructor: Step 3: It’s now time to register for MUS 101: Music Appreciation-Survey (Section 401, CRN 74381, Instructor: Zielke). Go to and register for the CRN-74381). 

Tuition/Fees: Tuition is a total of $1050 ($350 per credit) for 3 academic credits. College credit is not inexpensive, but this course will count toward graduation at any accredited college or university in the arts category.  In addition, the course will add personal value toward the travel experience. This cost is the regular online tuition cost for all courses at OSU.

Course Details: The course will begin June 24 with information about all of the European locations, and will include several group meetings at camp and on the tour.  The class will conclude on September 6. The student will not need access to the online course materials while in Europe and the course may be completed at the student’s own pace as long as it is completed by September 6.

If you have any problem with registration, please email Steven Zielke at or the OSU Music Advisor, Kristin Rorrer at  We will walk you through the process.


Unit 1: Cremona, Italy

Cremona, Italy: Our first stop, Cremona, Italy, the birthplace of the modern violin, and hence, the orchestra, is also one of the most musically rich locations in Italy.  In addition, it is the birthplace of Claudio Monteverdi, the transformation composer that initiated the Baroque period and a history of the wind band that includes one of the greatest bands in the history of music!   Truly something for everyone.

Unit 2 - Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland:  Lucerne is one of the musical capitals of Europe and is deeply rooted in the history of great western classical music.  The natural beauty of the Swiss Alps drew great composers and performers to the city, leading to the founding of the Lucerne Music Festival by Arturo Toscanini, considered one of the great conductors of the 20th century.  We will use the backdrop of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne to learn about the history of conducting and how it has impacted how we think about the ensemble today

Unit 3 - Salzburg, Austria 

Salzburg, Austria:  Salzburg, the famous birthplace of Mozart, and the Sound of Music, and we will cover both.  The Sound of Music is decidedly an American invention, but the many locations in the film are available for the visiting lover of the musical.  Salzburg, however, is a lot more, including the birthplace of Herbert Von Karajan, one of the giant conductors of the 20th century, the home of the Salzburg Music Festival, one of the most important in Europe, and the birthplace of Joseph Mohr, who is known for penning “Silent Night.” You will love Salzburg, and unlike Mozart who wanted out as soon as he could, you will never want to leave.

Unit 4 - Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic:  While Prague was known as a city that loved Mozart, our time in this amazing European capital is best spent on Eastern European music by such composers as Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček, all with the backdrop of one of Prague Castle, the beautiful Moldau River, and one of the most exciting and alive cities in the world. 

Unit 5 - Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin Concentration Camp: Our musical journey continues with a difficult but necessary visit to Terezin Concentration Camp and Ghetto.  Attention to these terrible places are always on the horrors, but lesser known is even in these terrible conditions, the human spirit finds ways to transcend and find truth and beautify in the most terrible circumstances. Examples of this can be found at all of the WW2 concentration camps, but Terezin was unique in amazing music that was composed and produced. 

Unit 6 - Vienna

Vienna: Our final stop on our musical tour is to the most important city in the world for the western classical tradition–beautiful Vienna. Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Bruckner, Schubert, Strauss (father and son), Mahler, and more! The list of impactful composers is almost endless as we study the city and the music that makes Vienna the most beautiful place in Europe!