Academics

Performances

Winter Starlight: Choir and Jazz Ensemble


Winter Starlight: Choir and Jazz Ensemble
December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Dana Auditorium

Ensembles

College Choir

The music department at Guilford College supports two choral ensembles: the College Choir and the Chamber Singers. The College Choir is an unauditioned mixed chorus open to anyone who enjoys singing. The College Choir performs a wide variety of repertoire and often tours in the Spring Semester. The College Choir offers scholarship money to pay for voice lessons, instrumental lessons, and positions of leadership within the choir.

Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of approximately twenty singers. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The Chamber Singers ensemble offers scholarship money to pay for voice lessons, instrumental lessons, and positions of leadership within the choir.

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensembles are a vital part of the Guilford College music program, and consist of both large and small groups. Opportunities are also available to perform with other instrumentalists and vocalists. In the past, guitar ensembles frequently collaborate with Guilford's dance program to perform live in full-productions. Major past works include pieces by York, Brouwer, Torroba, and Vivaldi. Guilford College owns a contrabass guitar, and requinto guitar, both of which are used by the guitar ensemble. Guitar ensemble is required for music majors and open to all students.

Jazz Ensemble

The Guilford College Jazz Ensemble provides musicians the opportunity to perform within a large jazz ensemble setting. This group performs on and off of campus and studies jazz ensemble repertoire from the early Swing Era to the present. The ensemble is open to any Guilford student by audition.

Jazz Combos

Jazz combos at Guilford College provide musicians with the opportunity to perform and rehearse in a small group setting. Techniques for improvisation are explored as are the individual roles of instruments within the jazz tradition. Groups perform throughout the semester on campus and in the greater Greensboro area.

Classical Instrumental Ensemble

This new course was established by popular demand and is offered to all Guilford musicians who play an instrument and wish to study and perform classical music. The literature studied depends on the instrumentalists who enroll, and everyone in the class will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform music they wish to learn. This will be accomplished by forming chamber ensembles within the larger group of musicians.

Music

The Department of Music engages students in a variety of artistic, creative, intellectual and cultural endeavors. Students benefit from a strong, interdisciplinary liberal arts base, small classes that stimulate active learning, group participation, and service to the greater community. Seminar-style settings take the place of formal lectures; strong studio teaching, repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes and competitions prepare students for the application of their discipline.

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A variety of academic and performance-based courses inspires and challenges the music student. The department provides numerous opportunities for both solo and ensemble performance through concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales and junior and senior recitals. Lesson scholarship is awarded to music majors who contribute to the department community and remain in good academic standing. Private lessons, class piano and class voice, ensembles and general music classes are open to all students.

Students have opportunities to be a part of the following groups on campus: College Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensembles, Guitar Ensemble, String Ensemble, African Drumming Class and Opera Workshop.

Guilford’s ability to service a variety of musical interests is evidenced through the successes of our alumni. Students with music degrees from Guilford have pursued graduate studies at competitive graduate programs at major institutions such as the Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the College Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati, Florida State and UNC-Chapel Hill. Some graduates are making a living as working musicians; others have entered the teaching field. Still others have pursued experiences with programs such as Teach for America and AmeriCorps.

Scholarships

Several scholarships are available through the Department of Music. Some of these monies are used to pay for performance studies for qualifying majors. Other scholarships are used to recognize outstanding academic achievement as well as reward students for service in the department.

Auditions

Students wishing to declare a major in music must audition to qualify. They should contact the department chair for information regarding specific repertoire requirements and to schedule an audition. Provisional acceptance can be granted to students submitting taped auditions.

DEGREES OFFERED

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees are offered in Music.

Music Majors

Bachelor of Arts

The major requires a minimum of 42 credit hours:

MUS 101 Music Theory I - 4 credits
MUS 102 Music Theory II - 4 credits
MUS 201 Music Theory III - 4 credits
MUS 202 Music Theory IV - 4 credits
MUS 310 Music History I - 4 credits
MUS 311 Music History II - 4 credits
2 credits of Class Paino: MUS 141 and MUS 142 or A.B. piano proficiency exam
8 credits in private lessons: MUS 270's and MUS 280's*
8 credits in appropriate ensemble: MUS 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125,127, 129*
MUS 302 Junior Recital - 1 credit
*Enrollment required every semester the student is on campus
Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in Music – 41-43 credits

 

Bachelor of Music

The major requires a minimum of 42 credit hours:

MUS 101 Music Theory I - 4 credits
MUS 102 Music Theory II - 4 credits
MUS 201 Music Theory III - 4 credits
MUS 202 Music Theory IV - 4 credits
MUS 310 Music History I - 4 credits
MUS 311 Music History II - 4 credits
MUS 141, 142, 143, and 144 Class Piano I-IV or B.M. piano proficiency exam (0-4 credits)
16 credits in private lessons: MUS 270's and MUS 280's* (16 credits)
MUS 302 Junior Recital - 1 credit
MUS 402 Senior Recital - 1 credit
MUS 210 Conducting - 2 credits
MUS 410 Jazz Theory or MUS 450 Special Topics
8 credits in appropriate ensemble: MUS 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 129*
*Enrollment required every semester the student is on campus
Total credit hours required for B.M. degree in Music: General Track – 56-60 credits

Guitar Track

Additional requirements for Guitar Track

MUS 205 Guitar Pedagogy and Literature 4 credits
 Total credit hours required for B.M. degree in Music: Guitar Track – 60-64 credits

Voice Track

Additional requirements for Voice Track

MUS 103Diction I1 credit
MUS 104Diction II1 credit

Total credit hours required for B.M. degree in Music: Voice Track – 58-62 credits

Music Minor

Minor

The music minor offers students the opportunity to explore the world of music, both in academic situations as well as in performance. A student can complete it by taking four academic courses (two of which are specified by the department), or by taking two academic courses and a variety of performance studies or ensembles. Thus a student can pursue an interest in either theory and history or performance areas.

The minor will engage the student on many levels: intellectually, emotionally and creatively. By requiring two specific courses, the department guarantees that the student receives exposure to important theoretical and historical constructs while at the same time being free to pursue a performance goal or contribute to the campus community by taking part in ensembles.

The minor in music is not available to music majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

MUS 101 Music Theory I - 4 credits
MUS 310 Music History I or MUS 311 Music History II - 4 credits
Any additional MUS courses - 8 credits

Total credit hours required for Music Minor – 16 credits

Music at Guilford

Why Music at Guilford?

The Department of Music engages students in a variety of artistic, creative, intellectual and cultural endeavors. Students benefit from a strong, interdisciplinary liberal arts base, small classes that stimulate active learning, group participation, and service to the greater community. Seminar-style settings take the place of formal lectures; repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes and competitions prepare students for the application of their discipline.

A variety of academic and performance-based courses inspires and challenges the music student. The department provides numerous opportunities for both solo and ensemble performance through concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales and junior and senior recitals. Lesson scholarship is awarded to music majors who contribute to the department community and remain in good academic standing. Private lessons, class piano and class voice, ensembles and general music classes are open to all students.

Students have opportunities to be a part of the following groups on campus:

  • College Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • African Drumming Class
  • Opera Scenes

Students may also join the community-based Greensboro Concert Band and the orchestra Philharmonia, both of which rehearse off-campus.

Guilford’s ability to service a variety of musical interests is evidenced through the successes of our alumni. Students with music degrees from Guilford have pursued graduate studies at competitive graduate programs at major institutions such as the Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the College Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati, Florida State and UNC-Chapel Hill.Some graduates are making a living as working musicians; others have entered the teaching field. Still others have pursued experiences with programs such as Teach for America and Americorps.

Music Faculty