The Palm Beach State Music Program builds the groundwork for a career as a performer, composer, music educator or music therapist. The A.A. degree is transferable to any university in the state of Florida. The program includes 36 credit hours of General Education courses and 24 credit hours of Music courses.
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In support of Palm Beach State’s mission, the mission of the Music Cluster is to provide a broad music education emphasizing the technical, artistic, and interpersonal skills necessary for employment and/or personal growth by offering a comprehensive curriculum which nurtures an appreciation of music through exposure to a variety of styles of music, performance opportunities, and a mentoring under the direction of a recognized, knowledgeable, and experienced faculty and staff.
The Glee Club and College Singers existed as student clubs in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1956, Music Appreciation, freshman Music Theory, and College Singers were instituted as courses, and sophomore Music Theory was added in 1957. A music education major was begun in 1961, and included Applied Music courses and Instrumental Techniques courses. Courses in Music Fundamentals, Church Music, Conducting, Music Theatre Workshop, Stage (Jazz) Band, String Ensemble, and Class Instruction in Guitar, Piano and Voice were added in 1966, and in 1970, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Ensembles were added.
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for all new and some returning students who wish to participate in musical ensembles, applied lessons, or receive a Palm Beach State Music-Department-related scholarship. These auditions are usually held the day before classes begin in HU 111. This information should be posted on the class schedule online when you register for classes.
Who needs to audition?
You need to audition for the music faculty if you are a …
new student wishing to participate in any musical ensemble other than Concert Chorus.
new student wishing to take applied lessons.
new student wishing to apply for a Music-Department-related scholarship.
returning student wishing to participate in new “by audition only" ensemble.
returning student wishing to take applied lessons on a second instrument.
returning student not currently on a Music Department scholarship, but who would like to receive one.
What to play for the audition:
In general, you should be looking to play or sing a piece (or pieces) that best display your overall musicianship as well as your technical facility and sound. Some suggestions are listed below.
Choose a song(s) that displays your tone quality, technique & overall musicianship. This may be either classical and/or popular in nature (i.e. show tune). An accompanist will be provided for your audition if you wish, but you may bring an accompaniment CD if you prefer. You may also be asked to vocalize to check your vocal range and/or asked to repeat simple musical patterns.
Choose an etude or excerpt from the standard repertoire that best showcases your playing level on your instrument. You may want to consider choosing two short excerpts:one that displays your technical facility and one that displays your tone & lyricism. You may also be asked to play some scales as part of your audition.
Choose etudes or excerpts for each one of the main percussion areas in which you can play:snare drum, timpani, mallets, and/or drum set. If auditioning on snare drum, you may also be asked to play some of the standard rudiments. If auditioning on mallets, you may also be asked to play some scales. If auditioning on drum set, you may be asked to play some basic grooves in the jazz, rock, and Latin styles.
Choose a song(s) that displays your ability to play in a jazz style. During this selection you should be prepared to play the melody and the chords that accompany the tune. You may be asked to play a brief improvised solo. You may also be asked to play some scales and chords as part of your audition.
Choose a song(s) that displays your ability to play in a jazz style. During this selection you should be prepared to play the melody, a brief improvised solo, and the chords that accompany the tune. You may bring an accompaniment CD if you wish. You may also be asked to play some scales as part of your audition.
Choose a song(s) that displays your ability to play in a jazz style. During this selection you should be prepared to play a walking bass line and the melody (if possible). You may bring an accompaniment CD if you wish. You may also be asked to play some scales as part of your audition.
Mandatory Audition & Orientation Dates for Fall 2016
Monday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m. (for student enrolled in Music Theory 1 - MUT1111).
Monday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. (for new students taking Applied lessons for the first time).
Humanities building - room 111 (band room)
Take a placement test for theory related skills (for Music Theory 1 - MUT1111).
Perform a prepared selection demonstrating your ability (for applied lessons). See audition page for more info.
Students who are taking Music Theory 1 - MUT1111.
Students who wish to take private lessons (applied music) for the first time at Palm Beach State.
For more information contact:
Michael MacMullen, Music Department Chair
Palm Beach State College MS #15
4200 Congress Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796
Music Department Scholarships
The Palm Beach State Music Department offers a wide range of scholarships for students. These scholarships are awarded based on an auditions and GPA. See below for more information on the four different scholarships offered by the Palm Beach State Music Department.
Some students prefer to work on campus through the work study or student assistant programs. To qualify for these programs the process begins by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate on question No. 28 of the FAFSA your interest in part-time employment as part of your financial assistance.
All of the following scholarships are determined through auditions held one day before classes and/or during the first week of classes of each fall and spring semester. Contact faculty or check the Music Department website for specific dates and information.
David Gibble, Faculty
(561) 868-3266 | Location: HU 125
Michael MacMullen, Faculty
(561) 868-3264 | Location: HU 118
Allen Webber, Faculty
(561) 868-3267 | Location: HU 116