DePaul University School of Music > Resources > College Office > Advising

Academic advising is an essential part of student academic success in the School of Music. The College Office provides advising support in conjunction with our faculty advisors. Students are assigned an advisor based on their degree program, instrument, and year of study.  Our advisors provide academic, personal, and university support, including: general advising, course selection, petitions to major, orientation, degree progress report (DPR), BlueStar, graduation/degree conferral and campus referrals.



School of Music students can schedule time to meet with the Assistant Director of Advising​ in the College Office through BlueStar or emailing their assigned advisor directly. 

Walk-In Advising
Walk-in appointments are welcomed in the College Office, and students are able to walk-in for advising sessions at the beginning of the term and during registration week. ​​


Who is my academic advisor?

Students are assigned the Assistant Director of Advising or a faculty advisor based on their degree program, instrument, or year of study.  Find your advisor on the My Success Network page on BlueStar.

Can I schedule an appointment with my advisor at anytime? 

Yes!  Students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor at any time.

What is the Course Cart?

In Campus Connect, students can use the Course Cart function to help prepare for registration.  Classes can easily be added to the Course Cart by either the Class Search or Planner.  Adding classes to the Course Cart helps students better prepare and makes for fewer steps​ during registration.
Please note the following when using the Course Cart function:
•    You can begin adding classes to the Course Cart after you receive your enrollment date and time email. 
•    You can validate your enrollment to ensure all of the prerequisites are met. 
•    You must follow the Steps to Enroll to complete the registration process. 
Please be aware that adding classes to your course cart does not guarantee a spot in the class.
Go to Campus Connect Student Center > Academics > Course Cart

How does the waitlist work?

If a class is full but has a waitlist, you can add yourself to the waitlist, and as seats open up, students on the waitlist will be automatically enrolled. When you add yourself to the waitlist, you are given a position number. Students are enrolled in open seats based on their position number. The lower the number, the higher your priority. Refer to the Guide on the Waitlist Policy​ or visit DePaul Central for further information. 

Will my credits from a previous institution transfer into the School of Music? 

The School of Music does accept transfer credit.  Transfer credit is evaluated by the College Office.  Admitted transfer students will be able to review their transfer credit articulation during Transition DePaul advising with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Can I register for more than 18 credits in a quarter? 

School of Music students are able to enroll in more than 18 credits worth of classes, but must be prepared to pay out-of-pocket per credit hour above the 18 credit mark.  Please see the tuition timeta​ble​​ for up-to-date information regarding tuition amount.

How do I find out which specific courses I still need to take in order to graduate?

Unless students have transfer credit or AP credit, the College Office asks that students find this information on their degree progress report (DPR), which can be accessed through Campus Connection through the following path: Main Menu < Degree Progress/Graduation
Please check your DPR regularly. If you feel that there is any discrepancy or anything that you do not understand, please promptly discuss this with your assigned advisor.

Can I get into a course after the “add” deadline has passed?

Students seeking admission to a course after the quarter’s “add” deadline has passed (i.e., after the first week of the quarter) will need to submit a Late Registration Request Form to the Coordinator of Academic Services ​in the College Office for review by the School of Music exceptions committee.

Where can I find the requirements for my degree?​

Students are provided a copy of their curriculum checklist during their initial orientation advising session.  Students are able to pick up a copy of their curriculum checklist in the College Office, with their assigned advisor, or can view the requirements online here.

Peer Mentors

Gil Bolster
Gil Bolster

Gil is a native of Portland, Oregon who came to Chicago after receiving his International Baccalaureate Diploma from Cleveland High School. He has been playing trombone since age 11 and has played with the American Music Program under Grammy Winner Thara Memory where he attended events such as Essentially Ellington, The Next Generation Jazz Festival, The Jazz Education Network conference, and the Mingus Festival. He has performed with such luminaries as Esperanza Spalding, Curtis Salgado, Hailey Niswanger, Charmaine Neville, Fred Wesley, Michael Henderson, and Bob Mintzer. He is currently a student of Tim Coffman and a regular member of the DePaul Trombone Studio under Mark Fisher. When not making or listening to music, Gil can likely be found embracing his inner Portland hipster by enjoying the best third-wave coffee Chicago has to offer or mindlessly watching Youtube videos.

Richard Brasseale
Richard Brasseale

Richard Brasseale is a rising senior at DePaul University, completing his degree in classical saxophone performance. In addition to having played in every large instrumental ensemble at DePaul, he has played with numerous Chicago based ensembles, such as Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Camerata Chicago, and Chicago Symphonic Winds. He has also performed with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Madison Jazz, and the Classical Symphony. He was recently featured in the Lakeview Orchestra's Symposium with Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. With an interest in new music, Richard has enjoyed working with DePaul's Ensemble 20+ and the Brevard Music Center's ITCH New Music Ensemble, where he has premiered works by Elbert Liu, Owen Davis, Stephen Boi, Max Vinetz, and others. His teachers include Jeremy Ruthrauff, Susan Cook, and Joseph Lulloff. In his spare time, Richard enjoys running to get coffee before rehearsal, Pokemon, and his status as a 2015-2016 Distinguished Puzzler of the School of Music.

Kelly Kondry
Kelly Kondry

Kelly Kondry is a rising DePaul School of Music senior studying Performing Arts Management. Passionate about arts advocacy, public affairs, and organizational development, Kelly has completed internships at Evanston S.P.A.C.E, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Silverman Group, a boutique public relations firm specializing in arts and entertainment. Currently, Kelly is completing an internship with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, where she will be assisting with the research, planning, and development of several citywide activities and initiatives. Kelly is also a member of the DePaul University horn studio, and has studied with Professor Neil Kimel. When she is not running to and from class, rehearsal, and internships, Kelly enjoys exploring all the food, fun, and coffee Chicago has to offer!

Amanda Patino

Amanda Patino is a junior music education major with a concentration in voice. She serves as the event coordinator on the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) executive board. Through DePaul she volunteers at the Symphony Center for the program Once Upon a Symphony to engage and expose young children to classical music. Outside of SOM she is in a sorority which has opened the door for experiencing many different activities around campus, including demonTHON and volunteering at the Chicago Marathon. 

Lili Schiller
Lili Schiller

Liliana Schiller is a vocalist studying Music Education and is very excited to be starting her third year at DePaul! She has enjoyed every second of it, whether it be performing with the School of Music or dancing for twenty-four hours with DePaul's Dance Marathon, DemonTHON. She has welcomed freshman for two years now as an Orientation Leader, Orientation Coordinator, and Chicago Quarter Mentor, and is thrilled to carry on that position as a Peer Mentor in the School of Music. If you see her and find it in your heart to do so, say hi and chat! ​