This course is designed to improve the skills of composers by presenting a wide variety of compositional tools in styles ranging from Classical to Jazz, Folk, Rock and Pop. By studying the recordings and scores of composers throughout history each student gains a musical awareness that strengthens their own compositional process. Particular attention is paid to the “building blocks of a composition;” the musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm that are at the core of the creative process. In class performance and analysis of student compositions occurs on a weekly basis and midterm and final assignments are recorded.

Ensembles, required of all students, are the focal point of the Music program. All students are placed by audition in one or more ensembles. Students must participate in a minimum of four ensembles to graduate. Types of ensembles offered will focus on contemporary music including rock, funk, fusion, jazz and vocal, with the goal of developing both the student's repertoire and improvisational abilities. Students are encouraged to participate in as many different types of ensembles as possible.

Ensembles, required of all students, are the focal point of the Music program. All students are placed by audition in one or more ensembles. Students must participate in a minimum of four ensembles to graduate. Types of ensembles offered will focus on contemporary music including rock, funk, fusion, jazz and vocal, with the goal of developing both the student's repertoire and improvisational abilities. Students are encouraged to participate in as many different types of ensembles as possible.

The purpose of this course is three-fold: To provide the student with an awareness of the career possibilities in the field of music; To introduce students to some of the major aspects of the music profession, and; To introduce students to basic general business practices. This course is particularly beneficial to students planning a career in the music industry. 

This course is designed to help students develop sight reading and vocal skills. Students will be given materials to sight read, read in parts, and work on blending skills. Occasionally, chart reading and writing will be discussed. There will also be some concentration on studio and live microphone technique, as well as basic “cueing”.

Prerequisites: MUSC 163.

This course is designed to help students develop sight reading and vocal skills. Students will be given materials to sight read, read in parts, and work on blending skills. Occasionally, chart reading and writing will be discussed. There will also be some concentration on studio and live microphone technique, as well as basic “cueing”.

Prerequisites: None

Ensembles, required of all students, are the focal point of the Music program. All students are placed by audition in one or more ensembles. Students must participate in a minimum of four ensembles to graduate. Types of ensembles offered will focus on contemporary music including rock, funk, fusion, jazz and vocal, with the goal of developing both the student's repertoire and improvisational abilities. Students are encouraged to participate in as many different types of ensembles as possible.

Students will be provided with tools and feedback that will enable them to become stronger, more confident performers. To this end, they will have the opportunity to analyze other performers, be exposed to techniques and concepts for more efficient practice, stage presence, mindfulness, professional conduct, teamwork, and more, while simultaneously gaining real-life performing experience.

Prerequisites: Must be a full-time Performance or Songwriting Major.

A weekly one-hour or half-hour private instrumental or vocal lesson is provided for all students. Instruction is available on keyboard, woodwinds, saxophone, percussion, guitar, electric and acoustic, bass, and voice. Lessons are designed to increase students’ technical and musical abilities.

A survey of the music of the jazz idiom from its origins to the present. Included is a chronological study of important soloists, bands, vocalists, and composers. Classes will be partly lecture aided by video clips and partly analysis with intensive listening.