Academics

Performances

New Century Saxophone Quartet

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New Century Saxophone Quartet
Friday, November 7, 7:30pm
Dana Auditorium

 

Ensembles

College Choir

The College Choir presents several major performances throughout the year focusing on both old and new gems of the choral repertoire. An auditioned ensemble of approximately 50 singers, the College Choir occasionally collaborates with the Greensboro Choral Society and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra to perform large works such as "Carmina Burana." In recent years, the College Choir, along with the Chamber Singers and Guitar Ensemble, has traveled to Washington, D.C.; Charleston, S.C.; and Atlanta, Ga.; and has toured Ireland. Scholarship funding is available to singers who are elected to the Choir Council.

Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers is a select choir of 20 singers who perform primarily a cappella literature spanning a variety of musical periods. The choir performs in a number of venues around the Guilford campus and Greensboro community in addition to the semester concerts. Auditions for both choral ensembles are held at the beginning of each semester. 

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble is a performing group open to all classical guitarists. The ensemble's repertoire spans all musical periods and includes a variety of musical genres. The Guitar Ensemble often tours with the College Choir and performs on-campus for special events and locally with other community and College ensembles. In the past, the Guitar Ensemble has participated in the Mid-Atlantic (Virginia) and Mid-America (Illinois) Ensemble Festivals.

Jazz Ensemble

The Guilford College Jazz Ensemble provides young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform within a small combo setting. Students study and learn the techniques of improvisation as well as the style and tradition of the jazz idiom. The ensemble performs on campus and in the greater Greensboro area throughout the academic year.

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 Piano: MUS 141 and MUS 142 or A.B. piano proficiency exam (0-2 credits)
8 credits in private lessons: MUS 270s and MUS 280s*
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 270s and MUS 280s* (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 – 64 credits

Voice Track

Additional requirements for voice track

MUS 103 Diction I 1 credit
MUS 104 Diction II 1 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.

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