Music

Music Concentration

Music - Singers

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts degree with a concentration in music offers applied lessons in voice, piano, wind instruments, and percussion. The program also offers courses in music theory, form and analysis, music history, and literature with emphasis on performance, leading to further study at the graduate or professional level. Participation in performance organizations relative to the student’s area of applied specialty is required. Music majors may enter the discipline either at the freshman or the transfer level. It is important for entering freshman music majors to identify themselves before or upon registration, as there are music area entrance requirements. Potential music majors should immediately enroll in the proper sequential theory and applied classes which begin at the freshman level. For acceptance into major vocal or instrumental applied courses all students must have had prior instruction and demonstrate requisite proficiency via an audition before the music faculty. Transfer students will enter at level commensurate with the demonstrated level of proficiency in music academic and performance areas. A second juried audition prior to acceptance into junior level applied courses is also required. Graduation requirements include the following: a senior solo recital, a cumulative GPA of 2.25 with grades no lower than a C in music courses, and the Major Fields Test (MFT).

Music Education Concentration

Music Education PhotoTeaching music to school-aged children is an exciting and rewarding career choice.  The comprehensive curriculum offered by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the skills acquired in music education courses, and opportunities to perform in the finest ensembles in the region are opportunities which set Albany State’s education programs apart from all others. The music education program will offer study leading to The Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Music Education degree with applied lessons in vocal or instrumental study in one of the following categories: voice, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings. Degree requirements will be completed primarily in the music area of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, however, the teaching certification will be earned through the College of Education. In order to be admitted to the Music Education Program, students must first meet all college admittance requirements. Additionally, students must audition on a major instrument or voice for acceptance into the program, and must meet the requirements of the College of Education for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

The music education program will offer study leading to The Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Music Education degree with applied lessons in vocal or instrumental study in one of the following categories: voice, piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings. Degree requirements will be completed primarily in the music area of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, however, the teaching certification will be earned through the College of Education. In order to be admitted to the Music Education Program, students must first meet all college admittance requirements. Additionally, students must audition on a major instrument or voice for acceptance into the program, and must meet the requirements of the College of Education for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Performing Excellence

“Performing excellence”, aptly describes the creative activities of Albany State‘s faculty and performing organizations. Albany State’s music faculty, who are noted scholars and master teachers also have successful, active performing, careers, nationally and internationally. Albany State student performing organizations–open to music majors and non majors–include:

  • The ASU Marching Rams Show Band, a renowned band of nearly 150 marching members that performs at home and away football games, parades, and special functions throughout the year
  • The Pep Band, performing their spirited program during basketball season
  • The ASU Concert Band, performing concert literature for formal university and community functions
  • The ASU Jazz Ensemble, a lab-type ensemble that performs jazz literature of all styles and from all periods
  • The ASU Symphonic Band, an award winning ensemble that performs challenging literature from all historic eras

The ASU Concert Chorale and Chamber singers are Albany State‘s international award winning choral. The Concert Chorale performs outstanding chorale literature from every period of the vast repertoire, and travels extensively throughout the state, nation, and abroad.

The ASU Opera Lab/Workshop, open to students via an audition, provides intensive training and performance experience in opera. Students perform in scenes or entire operas, staged with sets and costumes.

For more information on these organizations, or for audition information, contact the Albany State Department of Fine Arts at (229) 500-2216.

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ASU Marching Rams Band Camp

July 19 – Deadline to apply for the ASU Marching Rams Band Camp

Camp Name: ASU Marching Rams Band Camp

Required of all current and incoming ASU band students. This camp is an intensive five-day experience designed to help marching band performers expand and perfect the intricate details of being in a high-energy traditional marching band. You will receive the personal attention required to master your specialty as a wind instrument player, drum major, color guard, percussionist, and dancer. You will also have fun and develop friendships while you’re on the journey to make the Marching Rams Show Band better than ever!

Dates and Times: August 11-17, 2019 (Sunday is the arrival day. Camp starts on Monday)

Location: Albany State University, East Campus, Holley Fine Arts Center, Band Room

Associated Costs: $125 for meals

Requirements:

  • Musical Instrument
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle, Thermos, or Camelback
  • Blue Athletic Shorts
  • Comfortable Sneakers
  • White Tee Shirt
  • Hat
  • Towels

Contact Information: Dr. Kenneth Trimmins 229-500-2217, Kenneth.trimmins@asurams.edu