Conducting Techniques – Dr. Scott Boerma, Instructor
A good introductory opportunity for those with little or no conducting experience, the class will cover basic beat patterns and baton technique, explore the musical language used by composers, and discuss the process of interpretation of music through gesture. Students will encounter the basic skills necessary to conduct a musical ensemble and learn how to read and prepare a musical score.
Beginning Piano – Mrs. Tina Gorter, Instructor
Will you be a college music major this fall? Are you hoping to be a college music major next fall? Did you know that almost all colleges require music majors to take several semesters of class piano? Are you curious to know what might happen in a college group piano class? Can you play a I – IV6/4 – I – V6/5 – I chord progression on the piano? If you completely lack piano skills, this class will give you a good head start, and even if being a music major is not an issue, you might want to learn some basic chord progressions on the keyboard. It will be taught in our piano lab, so it is limited to 16 students. Preference will be given to those who want to pick up piano skills before beginning college in the fall. [You should probably not elect this class if you have had more than one year of piano lessons.]
The 21st Century Musician – Ms. Ciara Solby, Instructor
Being a musician in the 21st century is different from the world our teachers experienced. Career possibilities are endless yet overwhelming. As a music student it is important to learn about all aspects of being a musician in today’s world. There are the challenges ranging from applying to music school to self-promotion as a professional. This class is tailored to the unique needs of the student musicians of today.