- Success Stories
- Faculty Profiles
- Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy
- Academic Catalog: (Course Descriptions)
- SJC Music Calendar 2012-13
Music - The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous and unified composition through melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Do you play an instrument and dream of selling out at Carnegie Hall? Are your vocal cords your ticket to fame? Do you find the business side of musical performances appealing?
Fact 1: From performance to business, a degree in Music can land you a job in any field.
Fact 2: When studying music, you can enrich your intellectual and aesthetic development.
Fact 3: Many music students find professions in performance, choral directing, teaching, psychology, journalism, public relations, and linguistics.
Why Music at SJC?
Variety: When studying Music at SJC, you can concentrate in Applied Music, Music Education, Church Music, or Theory and Composition. The Music Department also offers a Master of Arts in Music with concentration in Church Music and Liturgy and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy and Music.
- Applied Music: If you want to pursue a solo career, perform with major ensembles, or give private or group lessons, this is the concentration for you.
- Music Education: If you are looking for the knowledge, skills, and methodology necessary to succeed in the teaching profession, you are looking for Music Education. With this degree, you are qualified for teacher certification in Indiana, the surrounding states, and additional states that have reciprocal certification with Indiana.
- Church Music: With this concentration, you can prepare for a career in Liturgical Music. You may emphasize/specialize in organ, voice, choral conducting, piano, guitar, or composition.
- Theory and Composition: If you want to compose the next great symphony or arrange music for the next big Broadway show, then this concentration is for you.
Dedication to Excellence: Music majors and minors are required to participate in at least one of the following during each academic semester: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Choir. The Music Department also offers the Jazz and Pep Bands as well as a Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The Band and Choir Programs offer a variety of musical experiences and are open to qualified students regardless of their majors. All ensembles perform regularly in concert on campus, and many have the opportunity to tour and perform for a variety of audiences. Performance scholarships are available to band and choir participants.
Hands-on Experience: The faculty at SJC encourages all of their students to pursue internships. Common internships in the Music Department include music business, student teaching, and music stores. SJC also offers private lessons for a variety of instruments and gets its students involved in music liturgy at local churches throughout Jasper County. The Music Department assists in coordinating a Lenten Concert at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer. (Success Stories)
Faculty and Class Size: The Music Department at SJC consists of faculty who hold master's or doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. Class sizes range in size depending on the area. (Faculty Profiles)