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What are Applied Lessons?
Applied lessons are one-on-one private lessons that meet once a week for fifty (50) minutes on your principal instrument (or voice) over the course of a semester.

Who should take Applied Lessons?
All music majors should take applied lessons on their major instrument every fall & spring semester while a student at Palm Beach State.  Additional supplemental applied lessons are also available during the summer A & B sessions.

Who else is eligible to take Applied Lessons?
Non-music major students are also eligible for applied lessons if they pass a qualifying audition held before classes begin every semester and if there is space available.

Music majors are permitted to take applied lessons on a secondary instrument (or voice) if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Have successfully completed at least one semester of applied lessons on their major instrument;
  2. Have the approval of their principal applied lesson teacher to study a second instrument;
  3. Pass a qualifying audition on the secondary instrument which is usually held before the first day of classes;
  4. There is space available in the secondary applied lesson teacher’s schedule.
  5. Must maintain a "B" average in the major applied area, and an overall GPA of 2.5 (C+).

Applied Lessons Requirements:
ALL students taking applied lessons are required to:

  1. Pass a qualifying Audition
  2. Register for and participate in at least one Palm Beach State-Lake Worth Music Ensemble. Ensemble participation is required each semester that the student takes applied lessons.
    Instrumentalists (except piano) must take Concert Band.
    Vocalists must take Concert Chorus.
    Pianists must take either Concert Chorus, Concert Band (on approval by director), or the Piano Accompanying Class (offered as needed)
    Guitarists must take Guitar Ensemble (classical or jazz).
  3. Enroll in MUS 0010 Recital Seminar.

All students taking applied lessons are required to perform in Recital Seminar (or Sophomore Recital) once during each semester (except non-scholarship students taking their first semester of lessons) and perform at juries at the end of the semester.

Grading:
Applied lesson grading formats vary from teacher to teacher, except for the following:

  1. Recital Seminar performance – 25% of applied lesson grade.
  2. This grade is not based upon the performance itself, but upon the way in which the student prepared for the recital by successfully lining up & rehearsing with an accompanist, and submitting the recital performance information to Mr. Webber in a timely fashion.
  3. Jury performance – 25% of applied lesson grade.
  4. This grade is based upon your performance at juries and is an average of all the grades submitted by the teachers present at your jury.

Every music major should take each of the following classes EVERY semester (or until completion of the cycle in the case of Music Theory & Ear Training). These are the same courses that every first or second year music student takes at any community college or university.

  1. Music Theory I-IV (MUT 1111, 1112, 2116, 2117)
    Music Theory I & III are offered during the fall semester only
    Music Theory II & IV are offered during the spring semester only
  2. Ear Training/Sight-Singing I-IV (MUT 1241, 1242, 2246, 2247)
    Ear Training I & III are offered during the fall semester only
    Ear Training II & IV are offered during the spring semester only
  3. Applied Lessons (see the section on Applied Lessons for more information)
    Includes all MVB, MVJ, MVK, MVP, MVS, MVV, and MVW sections (except for Class Piano, Guitar, and Voice)
  4. Recital Seminar (MUS 0010, see the section on Recital Seminar for more information )
  5. Music Ensemble (see the section on Music Ensembles for more information)
    Concert Band (MUN 1120)
    Concert Chorus (MUN 1310)
    Jazz Guitar Ensemble (MUN 1710 E)
  6. *Piano Class I-IV (MVK 1111A, 1111B, 2121, 2122)

*Even though Piano Class is not “required", it is highly recommended that non-piano majors take one level of piano class each semester to prepare for the piano proficiency exam that they will need to take during their junior/senior year at any university.

Juries are end-of-the-semester performances given by all applied music students for music faculty. They are scheduled during finals week of each semester.

Who needs to attend juries?
All students, both music major and non-music major, who are registered for applied lessons (private lessons).

Importance of juries:
Your jury performance is worth 25% of your final grade for your applied lesson, so it is important to prepare for this performance carefully.

What to prepare for juries:

For Instrumentalists (brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar):
Perform an etude or piece of your choice that best displays what you have worked on over the course of the semester. If the piece is short, a second selection may be performed (at the discretion of the music faculty).  Students may also be asked to perform scales, chords, or arpeggios appropriate to their instrument and playing level.

For Vocalists:
Vocalists should be prepared to perform any of the songs studied during the semester. The student will select one song (to begin) and the faculty will select one or two more. Vocalists will perform their piece(s) from memory. Students may be asked to demonstrate vocal exercises or vocalises that they have worked on.

For Pianists:
Perform an etude or piece of your choice that best displays what you have worked on over the course of the semester.  If the piece is short, a second selection may be performed (at the discretion of the music faculty). Students may also be asked to perform scales, chords, or arpeggios appropriate to their instrument and playing level. Pianists will perform their piece(s) from memory.

All students who wish to have piano accompaniment for their selection(s) need to line up an accompanist beforehand and sign up for a jury time that their accompanist can attend.

Signing up for juries:
Jury sign-up sheets will be posted one to two weeks before finals on the bulletin boards outside of faculty members’ offices. Students should sign up for one ten-minute slot once they are certain of their final exam schedule. Jury sign-up lists will be in the following places:

  • Vocalists: outside of Mr. MacMullen’s office, HU 118
  • Pianists: outside of Mr. Jones’s office, HU 115
  • All instrumentalists (including guitar): outside of Mr. Gibble’s office, HU 125

Jury evaluation:
Each music faculty member present will provide a critique and a grade in writing. These grades are averaged to arrive at your jury grade. You will receive these written comments at the end of your jury.

Sample Jury Evaluation:

Basic Musicianship:

  Needs Work Good Very Good Excellent
Sound        
Intonation        
Technique        
Articulation        

Other Elements:

  Needs Work Good Very Good Excellent
Rhythmic Accuracy        
Breath Control        
Phrasing & Expression        
Overall Musicality        


Additional Comments: 

Final Grade__________          Signed:  ________________________________

 

The lockers that are located in the practice room area will be available for students' use throughout the school year. A sign-up for locker use will take place during the first week of classes each semester. Instrumental students who would like to store their cases in a locker will get priority. Students are required to provide their own combination lock for their locker and to clear out their locker by the end of finals week of the spring semester.

Guitar & bass guitar students will share a locker that can accommodate their cases.

Music Ensembles at Palm Beach State are classes (1 credit). They are open to all students (music majors, other majors, part-time students, etc.). Up to four (4) credits of MUN courses can be used towards completion of an Associate of Arts degree at Palm Beach State College. Students transferring to a university to major in music will be expected to have completed at least four (4) semesters of an ensemble. Students may take more for personal interest or enrichment if they choose.

Vocal Ensembles
Contact Michael MacMullen at 868-3264 or macmullm@palmbeachstate.edu

Chorus (MUN 1310)
Chorus is a large vocal ensemble (25-40 members) which performs choral literature from the Medieval period through contemporary compositions. This class covers vocal technique, music learning, and ensemble singing skills, as well as musical interpretation and performance.

  • Registration in this class is required by all applied voice students and recommended as a choice for applied piano students.
  • Meets Mondays & Wednesdays at 11 AM
  • No audition required

Troubadours (MUN 1720)
The Troubadours is a chamber jazz vocal ensemble (8-12 vocalists) which performs standard jazz literature, show tunes, and popular music from the American song book. This class focuses on the vocal, musical, and interpretive skills necessary for performing vocal jazz (both ensemble and solo). In addition to good vocal technique, students need strong music skills in both ensemble singing and music reading/learning.

  • Meets Mondays & Wednesdays at 2 PM
  • Audition required (auditions in the Fall only)
  • Acceptance in this group is contingent on a yearly commitment (Fall & Spring semesters)
  • Carries a scholarship
  • Also open to selected instrumentalists

Instrumental Ensembles
Contact David Gibble at 868-3266 or gibbled@palmbeachstate.edu

Concert Band (MUN 1120)
Concert Band is a large instrumental ensemble (30-45 members) which performs standard band literature from the Renaissance period through contemporary compositions. This class strongly emphasizes reading and interpretation of musical styles.

  • Registration in this class is required by all applied instrumental students except piano, guitar, and bass guitar.
  • Meets Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30 PM
  • Audition required

12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble (MUN 1710 A)
12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble is a medium-sized big band (14-18 instrumentalists) which performs compositions encompassing a variety of jazz styles. This class strongly emphasizes reading and the interpretation of jazz styles as well as some improvisation.

  • Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:30 PM
  • Audition required

Tuesday Nite Band (MUN 1710 D)
The Tuesday Nite Band is a medium-sized big band (14-18 instrumentalists) which performs advanced jazz literature encompassing a variety of styles. This class strongly emphasizes reading and interpretation of advanced jazz styles, as well as improvisation.

  • Meets Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 PM
  • Audition required

Jazz Combo (MUN 1710 C)
Jazz Combo is a small ensemble (4-8 musicians) which performs classic jazz compositions and standards from the American song book. This class strongly emphasizes improvisation and interpretation of jazz styles.

  • Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2 PM
  • Audition required

Jazz Guitar Ensemble (MUN 1710 E)
Jazz Guitar Ensemble is a small ensemble (6-10 instrumentalists) which performs classic jazz compositions and standards from the American song book. This class strongly emphasizes reading, improvisation and interpretation of jazz styles.

  • Registration in this class is required by all applied jazz guitar students
  • Meets Fridays at 12:30 PM
  • Audition required

Other Ensembles
The following ensembles are offered based upon student enrollment; all have required auditions:

Woodwind Ensemble (MUN 1420)
Woodwind Ensemble is a chamber ensemble (4-8 instrumentalists) which performs standard woodwind literature. This class may meet as a flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, woodwind quintet, or as an ensemble of mixed woodwind instrumentation. It emphasizes reading and the development of technique, as well as the interpretation of musical styles.

  • Meeting time to be arranged
  • Audition required

Brass Ensemble (MUN 1430)
Brass Ensemble is a chamber ensemble (4-10 instrumentalists) which performs standard brass literature. This class may meet as a trumpet ensemble, brass quartet, brass quintet, or as an ensemble of mixed brass instrumentation. It emphasizes reading and the development of technique, as well as the interpretation of musical styles.

  • Meeting time to be arranged
  • Audition required

Classical Guitar Ensemble (MUN 1492)
Classical Guitar Ensemble is a small ensemble (3-6 instrumentalists) which performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras that was originally written for or transcribed for multiple guitars. It emphasizes reading and the development of technique, as well as the interpretation of musical styles.

  • Meeting time to be arranged
  • Audition required

Chamber Singers (MUN 2340)
Chamber Singers is a small-medium size vocal ensemble (10-16 vocalists) which offers practical experience in the study and performance of sacred and secular repertoire for the vocal chamber ensemble. Classical music from the Renaissance through the twentieth century including both a cappella and accompanied works is studied. For experienced choral singers.

  • Meeting time to be arranged
  • Audition required

Piano Instrumental/Vocal Accompanying (MUN 2510)
This class covers skills in playing piano chamber music (duets, trios, etc.) and in accompanying vocalists and/or instrumentalists in solo and/or ensemble performance. It emphasizes reading and the interpretation of musical styles, as well as skills in playing with and following others.

  • Meeting time to be arranged
  • Audition required

Most musical ensembles have at least two performances scheduled for each semester: one at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus and one at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Students enrolled in performance ensembles are required to participate in each concert and the accompanying sound check which is usually scheduled 1 ½ - 2 hours before the start of the performance. Students are also expected to make accommodations to avoid potential conflicts of outside commitments with these performance dates (i. e. work conflicts).

Failure to participate in the concerts may result in the lowering of your final grade by one (or two) letter grade(s).

  1. Apply to Palm Beach State College.
  2. Once accepted by Palm Beach State, register for and take the College Placement Tests (CPT) if necessary.
  3. Arrange a meeting with a Music Department faculty member to discuss your schedule.
  4. Register for classes EARLY! This will enable you to register for the classes that you want at the times that are the most convenient for you.
  5. Make note of the Music Department orientation and audition dates for applied lessons, scholarships, and ensembles. Orientation and auditions take place before classes begin.

ALL Palm Beach State music classes are open to ALL Palm Beach State students. This includes those “majoring" in other areas, working on other degrees (A.S., A.A.S.) and part-time non-degree seeking students.

I play an instrument or sing and have participated in a band or chorus before. Is there one at Palm Beach State for me?

  • Yes! We have a wide range of music ensembles for you to choose from. See the Music Ensembles section in the Guidebook.

I am just beginning to study music and want to learn to play an instrument or to sing. What should I take?

  • We have Class Instruction in Piano (MVK 1111A), Guitar (MVS 1116), and Voice (MVV 1111A). These are beginning level classes and require no previous training.
  • Beginning level singers are also encouraged to take Concert Chorus (MUN 1310). No audition is required for this ensemble.

I have some experience playing an instrument or singing. Can I get some more advanced training?

  • For more experienced students, we recommend Applied Lessons. See the Applied Lessons section in the Guidebook.
  • Students in Applied Lessons will also need to take a Music Ensemble and Recital Seminar (MUS 0010).

I want to learn to read and write music. What class(es) should I take?

  • Fundamentals of Music (MUT 1001) meets the needs of beginning students. It also fulfills the General Education requirement in the Humanities.
  • For more in-depth study, consider the Music Theory and Ear Training/Sight Singing courses.
  • Class Piano I (MVK 1111A) can also be a way to begin to learn to read and write music.

What music courses will count towards the General Education requirement in the Humanities?

  • Fundamentals of Music (MUT 1001): an introduction to music theory and music notation.
  • History and Appreciation of Jazz (MUH 2018): a study of jazz music and performers in 20th century America.
  • Music Appreciation (MUL 1010): a study of Western art music from the Middle Ages to the present.

Can I earn college credit for music classes?

  • Yes. All Palm Beach State music classes earn college credit, appear on your transcript, and count towards your grade point average (GPA).

Will Palm Beach State music classes count towards my degree at Palm Beach State? Will they count at a university?

  • Palm Beach State music classes can count towards the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as electives.
  • A maximum of four (4) credits of MUN courses can be used towards a Palm Beach State degree.
  • Palm Beach State music classes are transferable to a university. However, they will not generally count towards completion of the requirements for a four-year university degree except for a degree in music or some related fields of study such as theatre, education, or humanities.

Practice rooms are available for your use during regular weekday school hours, which are 7:30 AM until 10 PM. Sign-up sheets are posted on the doors to each practice room and each student is permitted to sign up for a maximum of two hours per day.  Additional practice time is available if a practice room is not reserved when you wish to practice, or if it is reserved and the scheduled person is more than ten minutes late.

Practice rooms are ­not­ available for use when classes are not in session due to student holidays, Academic Development days, or other class cancellations/campus closings due to special circumstances (i.e. hurricanes).

There are two practice rooms with special designations:  one contains percussion equipment and is designated for percussion students only and the other is a practice room that contains a grand piano and is reserved for piano majors and some applied lessons.

Non-piano majors may also practice in the Keyboard Lab (HU 203) during open lab hours.

Recital Seminar (MUS 0010) is a weekly class that meets on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:20, in HU 111, HU 114, Stage West or the Duncan Theatre, depending on the physical needs for the lecture or performance scheduled for that week.

Who needs to attend recital seminar?
Recital seminar is a co-requisite of applied lessons, so all students who are taking applied lessons (both music majors & non-majors) should attend. Attendance is open to the college and community, as well.

What type of activities take place during recital seminar?
A variety of activities, which change from semester to semester, take place during Recital Seminar:

  • Lectures/Discussions led by Palm Beach State music faculty or visiting guests;
  • Performances by professional artists;
  • Performances by Palm Beach State ensembles;
  • Solo performances by Palm Beach State students toward the end of the semester.

Recital seminar grading:
Since Recital Seminar is a zero (0) credit class; no grade is assigned to students for the class. However, having more than three unexcused absences will result in the lowering of your final applied lesson grade by one letter, since this class is a co-requisite for applied lessons.

Sophomore Recital is an opportunity to showcase our graduating music students in a special evening recital for a public audience. The recital usually takes places on a weekend evening before finals of the spring semester of each year.

Students who are invited to perform include students who will be graduating...

  • at the end of the spring semester;
  • at the end of the following summer A or B session;
  • at the end of the next fall semester.

FALL I

 

SPRING I

Course Title Credits   Course Title Credits
MUT 1111 Music Theory 1 3   MUT 1112 Music Theory 2 3
MUT 1241 Ear Training 1 1   MUT 1242 Ear Training 2 1
MUN xxxx Ensemble** 1 (2)**   MUN xxxx Ensemble** 1 (2)**
MVx 131x Applied Lesson 2   MVx 131x Applied Lesson 2
MUS 0010 Recital Seminar 0   MUS 0010 Recital Seminar 0
MVK 1111A* Class Piano 1 1*   MVK 1111B* Class Piano 2 1*
ENC 1101 English Comp. 1 3   ENC 1102 English Comp. 2 3
HSC 2100 Health Concepts 3   MFG 1106 Lib. Arts Math 3
  TOTAL 13 - 15     TOTAL 13 - 15

 


FALL II

 

SPRING II

Course Title Credits   Course Title Credits
MUT 2116 Music Theory 3 3   MUT 2117 Music Theory 4 3
MUT 2246 Ear Training 3 1   MUT 2247 Ear Training 4 1
MUN xxxx Ensemble** 1 (2)**   MUN xxxx Ensemble** 1 (2)**
MVx 231x Applied Lesson 2   MVx 231x Applied Lesson 2
MUS 0010 Recital Seminar 0   MUS 0010 Recital Seminar 0
MVK 2121* Class Piano 3 1*   MVK 2122* Class Piano 4 1*
LIT 2110 Lit. Pre-Renaissance 3   SPC 1016+ Speech Communication+ 3+
MUL 1010 OR
MUH 2018
Music Appreciation
History of Jazz
3   AMH 2010 US History to 1865 3
  TOTAL 13 - 15     TOTAL 13 - 15

 


SUMMER A

 

SUMMER B

Course Title Credits   Course Title Credits
PSC 1341 Physical Science 3   AST 1002 Astronomy 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3   SYG 2000 Intro to Sociology 3
  TOTAL 6     TOTAL 6

 

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