The Faculty of the Department of Music have prepared this document to give students and other members of the College community more detailed information about our curriculum, policies, and requirements than the space limitations of the general catalog will allow. Students are encouraged to consult the Registrar's page for Advising Notes, Course Sequences, and Course Schedules, Major and Minor Requirements and Course Descriptions.
[Leslie Tung, Chair, Kalamazoo College Department of Music]
Any student may declare a major or minor in music by
- Selecting a member of the Department faculty as a Department advisor. Your advisor can assist in music course selection and scheduling of classes, answer questions regarding the major, and review career objectives.
- Completing a "Declaration of Major or Minor: Proposed Study Plan" with your Department advisor. This form should be reviewed quarterly and kept current.
- Filing a declaration of major or minor form with the College Registrar.
- Students anticipating a major or minor in music should plan to complete the prerequisite course, Introduction to Music (MUSC 105) Fall quarter of their Freshman or Sophomore years. Students with previous experience in music may consider completing MUSC 105 by examination.
Each quarter the Department reviews the course of study of each declared major and minor. In order to maintain status as a Department certified major or minor, a student must be pursuing a course of study which will enable him or her to successfully complete the requirements of the major or minor.
In addition to required courses in the Major, students with particular career interested are encouraged to consult faculty:
|Music Education||Education courses
MUSC 161, 162, 163, 260
|Music Therapy||Psychology courses, esp. PSYC 210, 240||Dr. Tung|
|Arts Management||ARTX 105, 203 ECON courses ENGL 105 Music department arts management internship||Dr. Tung|
|Vocal Performance||THEA 115, 120 ENGL
165 Language: French, German, Italian
|Choral Conducting||RELG 106, 110
THEA 120 ENGL 165
Language: French, German, Italian
|Keyboard Performance/Pedagogy||PSYC 210 ENGL 165 MUS 590 (WMU School of Music: Keyboard
|Composition||PHYS 112 ENGL 165||TBA|
|Recording/Music||Technology Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science courses||Mr. Stites|
Students interested in careers in music education should contact Dr. Evans (x7414, email@example.com) to plan their curriculum in conjunction with the Department of Education. Upon completion of the curriculum, graduates earn Michigan Teacher Certification in Music as a major or minor field.
Majors and minors are not required to complete their Senior Individualized Project in the Department. However, students who plan advanced music studies in graduate school or who aspire to professional careers are advised to plan a senior recital, internship, or research project in close consultation with Department faculty. The Department does not usually consider a student for honors in the major unless a S.I.P. has been completed in the Department. Majors or non-majors considering a S.I.P. in the Department must have S.I.P. proposals approved by the faculty prior to beginning work. Approval is based upon feasibility of the project in light of the student’s previous college level training in music. The Project proposal must be submitted to the Department S.I.P. Coordinator, Dr. Evans (x7414, firstname.lastname@example.org), and one other Department faculty member who will agree to serve as S.I.P. Supervisor. Student performances and recitals may be prepared and presented as Senior Individualized projects. All S.I.P. performances must be previewed and approved by three Department faculty members at least one month prior to the concert date. Further information is available in Guidelines and Contract for the S.I.P. in Music.
Recital dates for students should be set by the applied teacher as early as possible, preferably in the preceding quarter, so they can appear in the College Calendar. This must be done by the teacher in consultation with the Music Coordinator and with the Fine Arts Facilities Coordinator. The entire recital program must be performed and approved at least three weeks prior to the concert date by a panel of at least three applied music faculty. In addition, student performers are strongly encouraged to present their program at local community venues prior to the concert date. These community performances are intended to provide valuable experience for students as well as outreach to wider audiences.
Department ensemble, faculty, and guest artist concerts are usually recorded. As soon as the recording is available, it is filed in Upjohn Library. Copies of recordings for personal use are available from Audio Production Services, 343-4892. Students may arrange to have their recitals recorded by consulting the Department Coordinator.
Reserving Facilities for Student Performances
Students must observe procedures and regulations outlined in the Policy for Student Performance Reservations.
Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit
Students with scores of 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in Music Theory must confer with the department chair before credit in the major or minor can be awarded. Transfer credit can only be awarded upon review of course content by the department faculty.
College Musical Instruments
Instruments from the college’s collection are available for loan to students performing in credit bearing ensembles or taking applied music lessons. The instruments are assigned priority, however, to students taking the Instrumental Methods Classes (MUSC 161, 162, 163), and to those in the Concert Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Instruments are issued by Profs. Koehler, Evans, or Guthrie. Students are responsible for the protection of the instruments up to $1,000.00 of value. Instruments cannot be taken from the campus (except during ensemble tours) and cannot be kept out during quarter breaks. Faculty members who have signed out instruments to students are responsible for appropriate recording keeping and inspecting returned instruments by the end of the quarter.
FAQ's and Music Department Information
Important Music Department Information for 2009-2010
- Large school owned instruments are stored in designated areas
- Personal and school owned instruments can be stored in the student instrument lockers located throughout FAB
- To use the student instrument lockers you must:
- Sign your name in the locker space on the posted locker location sheet in Instrument Storage Room
- Select an appropriately sized locker for your instrument & provide your own lock
- Remove the lock and locker contents at the end of each academic year or prior to a lengthy departure from campus (such as study abroad, student teaching, NY Arts or Philadelphia program, etc.)
- Failure to remove your lock will result in the cutting off of your lock and storing its contents
Large Ensemble Rehearsal Times and Locations:
|Symphonic Band:||Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 in Dalton Theatre|
|Jazz Band||Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:30 in Room 11|
|Int’l Percussion Ensemble||Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. LFAB Room 11|
|Philharmonia||Mon. from 7:00 - 9:30 & other times TBA in Dalton Theatre|
|College Singers||Mon. from 4:00 - 5:30 and Th. from 4:00-5:30 in Stetson Chapel|
|Chamber Choir||Tue. & Th. from 11:30 - 12:30 and Wed. 4:00-5:00 in Stetson|
|Bach Festival Chorus||Tuesdays from 6:30 - 9:00 in Dalton Theatre|
Note: Each ensemble is credit bearing and may be used to fulfill your “Creative Expression” requirement. You may also participate in more than one ensemble but be cautious about over extending yourself. Note: Each ensemble is worth 1/5 credit. You must take an ensemble for five quarters to receive one unit of credit.
- Anyone interested in forming a chamber ensemble of any size and instrumentation should contact the appropriate faculty for guidance and procedure. It is possible to receive credit for these ensembles
- Note that rehearsal space and times MUST be scheduled with Carol Kennedy, the Building Coordinator
Practice Rooms and Times:
- Practice rooms are located in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The building is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. week days (weekend times may vary, consult Anders Dahlberg x7070 for accuracy)
- You do not need to sign up for a practice room. They are on a first come, first served basis.
Musical Instrument Loans:
- A limited amount of instruments are available to those students in need or for those who are playing specialty instruments (e.g., bassoon, tenor and baritone sax, bass clarinet, bass trombone, tuba, etc.)
- There is no rental fee but you are responsible for lost or damaged instruments
How to Maintain and Repair Your Musical Instrument:
- Several local music shops are in the Kalamazoo area (Marshall: 321-0415; Dillon’s: 344-0397; Broughton: 375-2808; Farrow’s: 342-9919 - (Please call first to inquire about location and times)
Private Instrument, Voice, and Composition Lessons:
- Private lessons are available for voice, composition, and all standard instruments. Please consult the Course Catalog for a complete listing of Applied Music Courses. Applied music lessons count towards your Creative Expression’s requirement at 1/5 cr./qtr. You must register to receive credit.
- Applied music fees are: $244/quarter for ½ hr. lessons and $161/quarter for group lessons (I.e., class guitar, etc.) You may take a full-hour lesson for $488/quarter. Lesson times are arranged with your instructor. Fees are billed through your student account.
- The music major requires ten units of study and the music minor requires a minimum of six units.
- Please consult the Academic Catalog for specific major and minor course requirements.
- Concentrations for either majors or minors are available in arts management, composition, criticism, education, history and literature, performance, recording technology, and music theory.
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