Electronic Music: This course provides discussion, application, construction and hands-on experience with musical hardware and software of an electronic nature. This course includes a circuit building project, a ‘found instruments’ modification project, digital recording, and music transcription activities. The study of sound properties, basic electronics, personal computer skills, and listening techniques serve as foundational material for developing interesting recorded and constructed musical projects. Electronic Music is a one semester art elective offered individually in both Fall and Spring semesters.
Music Appreciation: Music Appreciation is a course designed to teach listening skills with the intention of providing historical and culturally relevant information about music throughout history. The course begins with an overview of the basic elements of music with a focus on active listening. The majority of the course is a study of western music and its development from the medieval period through the 20th century, including frequent reference to contemporary pop and jazz music. This course offers students the opportunity to share and explore music from all genres, with an emphasis on listening techniques, diverse musical exposure, and cultural influences of music. Music Appreciation is a one semester art elective offered in the Fall semester.
Music Theory: The goal of this class is to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in general musicianship. Major areas of study include basic musical theory, ear training, analysis, piano skills, and composition. PC based musical notation software is used heavily to aid in associating concepts with sounds. Students learn to compose and harmonize melodies, which serve as the foundation for a large scale composition project that serves as the final evaluative tool for each student’s success. This is an excellent course for any student studying instrumental technique, playing in ensembles, or considering music in college. Music Theory is a one semester elective offered each Spring semester.
Independent Study: On an individual basis, the studies office occasionally grants independent studies for highly motivated students. Past projects have included instrumental performance, composition, digital recording, and electronic instrument construction. Independent studies are offered as a one semester elective with approval by the Music Department and Studies Office.