Ensembles & Private Lessons

Students will have many opportunities to perform in both large and small ensembles, and there are requirements for each that vary from degree to degree. It is important that you experience performing in a variety of ensembles, but you must also be careful to limit the number of ensembles so that you have time for your individual practice. Normally, a student may not participate in more than two ensembles. Students may participate in more than two ensembles only with permission of their advisor and the Department Chair.  Students must be registered in a SJCC ensemble unless they have permission from the director to perform with that ensemble.

MUEN 1141 College Choir:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. College choir performs many styles of sacred and secular literature. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

MUEN 1143 Concert Choir:  Membership is open to students, faculty, and community members. This group will perform major multi-movement works from the standard choral repertory with orchestral accompaniment. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

MUEN 1154 Small Vocal Ensemble (1154.101 Men’s Chorus / 1154.102 Women’s Chorus): Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. These groups perform serious and entertaining music throughout the semester. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

Students will have many opportunities to perform in both large and small ensembles, and there are requirements for each that vary from degree to degree. It is important that you experience performing in a variety of ensembles, but you must also be careful to limit the number of ensembles so that you have time for your individual practice. Normally, a student may not participate in more than two ensembles. Students may participate in more than two ensembles only with permission of their advisor and the Department Chair.  Students must be registered in a SJCC ensemble unless they have permission from the director to perform with that ensemble.

MUEN 1131 Small Instrumental Ensemble - Woodwind Chamber / Jazz Combo / Steel Drum Band / Brass Choir / Guitar Ensemble:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments in the Small Instrumental Ensembles may vary from semester to semester. The Small Instrumental Ensemble meets three laboratory hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Woodwind Chamber and Jazz Combo directed by Professor Jeffrey Adams; Steel Drum Band directed by Professor Michael Mizma; Brass Choir directed by Dr. Karen Marston; Guitar Ensemble directed by Professor Jeremy Garcia.

MUEN 1121 SJCC String Orchestra:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments may include all orchestra instruments. The Instrumental Ensemble meets three laboratory hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. Course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by:  Dr. Paul Busselberg and Professor Lynne Brandt.

MUEN 1124 Wind Ensemble:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of the audition and/or conference. Performance literature represents many styles of music, making Wind Ensemble interesting and enjoyable. The Wind Ensemble meets three hours per week, with special rehearsals called as needed. This course may be repeated a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Karen Marston.

MUEN 1125 Jazz Ensemble:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments in the Jazz Ensemble include trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Performance literature represents many styles of music; big band jazz, swing, Latin jazz, and jazz/rock. The Jazz Ensemble meets three hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. Course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Professor Jeffrey Adams.

PianoPrivate lessons in music are courses like any other. There is a tuition cost, a lab fee, homework, a jury, and a grade for each semester studied. To obtain a CRN to register for a private lesson, contact the Department Chair (281-476-1831) or the front desk (281-476-1832) of the Monte Blue Music Building for the correct MUAP (MUSI for composition) number and CRN.

Private lessons are offered in piano, organ, voice, percussion, guitar, bass and all orchestral, brass and wind instruments. In addition, class piano, class percussion, class voice, and class guitar are offered. Private lessons are available to both music majors and enrolled students by calling the Music Office at 281-476-1832 prior to the first day of class.

Scheduling lessons: Once registered and paid for a MUAP course, the student's name is sent to the private lesson instructor, who will then contact the student to schedule their weekly lesson.  All lessons will begin the first full week of classes. Your private lesson teacher will give a first day handout to explain their attendance policy and other requirements for the course.

Secondary Applied Lessons

GuitarSJCOccasionally music majors may take applied lessons on secondary instruments. These must be 1-credit (30 minute) lessons and the student must receive permission from the Department Chair as well as the applied instructor before enrolling.

 

Labs / Master Classes

Music Majors may be required to attend performance labs or master classes. There are currently labs for Voice, Instrumentalists, and Composition. Students should meet with their primary private lesson instructor regarding these times. Labs and Master Classes offer the chance to perform in front of students and faculty for critiques and to work with an accompanist.  Please also refer to your instructor’s first day handout to determine the requirements for your lesson.