Music classes are composed primarily of small ensembles, and opportunities abound for singers and instrumentalists to work at their own level, and in a wide variety of music styles that they love. Students learn the fine art of group dynamics, group problem-solving, work ethic and artistic collaboration. They participate in the selection of repertoire, contribute to arrangements, and work to develop a unified group voice.
Our program has a good balance of technical learning and hands-on experience, and allows for increasing autonomy as students advance through the levels. For the younger students, that often means a lot of adult presence; for the older ones, it can mean that the adults become consultants for the students.
Teachers and coaches help students to “own” their work. The result is that students invest themselves beyond the requirements.
Leadership from experienced students is highly valued and has become part of the culture. The more experienced musicians pass on their love of music and commitment to excellence.
Advanced Chamber Ensemble is a course that focuses on building ensemble and performance skills. It is intended for students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to play a musical instrument and are willing to practice regularly on their own. Students are exposed to a variety of repertoire taken from all periods of musical history (baroque, classical, romantic, 19th century and contemporary). This diverse curriculum provides each individual with technical and interpretive challenges. Students also benefit from exposure to visiting artists who work with these groups as both experienced chamber music coaches and active performers able to pass on their first-hand professional experience. Special workshops focus on extending the musical horizon and instrumental-specific technique. The class is open to strings, winds and pianists and requires an informal audition. Ranging from duos, trios and quartets to larger ensembles, the different groups formed within the class rehearse on a rotating schedule and perform regularly on and off campus.
Advanced Chamber Ensemble
American Roots Music
Contemporary Music Seminar
Foundations of Music Performance
World Music & Rhythm
Digital Music Production
Dec 6-7, Roots/World Concert, 6:30PM
Jan 8, Alumni Music Concert, 11:10AM, 11:45AM & 12:20PM
Jan 17-19, Winter Advanced Bands Concert, 6:30PM
Jan 31, Chamber Music Concert, Fallkirk Cultural Center, 6:00PM
May 2-4 Spring Advanced Bands Concert, 6:30PM
May 16-18, Roots/World/Chamber Concert, 6:30PM