Whether part of a performance that resembles experimental theater, through the ear buds of an iPod, through a dorm-room wall or as the song of the mockingbird at 3 a.m., the Music program at New College recognizes that music challenges as often as it comforts and represents conflict as often as it communicates a message of peace and understanding.
New College’s AOC in music aims to develop basic musicianship and allow students to engage with a wide array of musical styles and theoretical approaches. Courses and activities require students to listen, observe, interpret, perform, and create, as well as develop historically- and culturally- and theoretically-informed approaches to music and sound. Students are encouraged to integrate their experiences across academic and artistic disciplines and areas of study to achieve the breadth that a liberal arts institution makes possible.
Students can also create their own areas of concentration by combining music with another major field (Joint-disciplinary AOC or Secondary AOC), or study music as part of an AOC in Humanities, Liberal Arts, or a Special AOC created by the student (e.g. Media Studies, Sound Studies).
Students have a number of opportunities to develop their skills as composers, performers, and thinkers. New Music New College (NMNC) presents world-class performers in concert and master classes, involves students in at least one performance each academic year, and increasingly works to engage local artists and musicians to enrich the community and campus life, emphasizing experimental approaches to music. In addition to this concert series and its associated activities, student composers and performers may work with professional players in a collaborative program with chamber music groups from the Sarasota Orchestra, such as the string quartet, the woodwind quintet, and the piano quartet. During the spring these musicians present student pieces and provided advice for improvement. If students are interested in the opportunities that NMNC might offer them, they should contact Mark Dancigers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In regard to more traditional performance opportunities, students can audition for the New College Chorus or join the Chamber Music program and receive academic credit. Off campus, students may participate in the Sarasota Orchestra’s education program or State College of Florida’s concert band. The music program at New College also encourages students to perform in student-run groups on campus, such as Acapellago, an acapella singing group, and New Cats, a jazz ensemble; however, students receive tutorial credit for such participation only under unusual circumstances. The music program also supports the development of events for Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month under the leadership of Hugo Viera-Vargas (email@example.com).
For students who want to take private lessons, the music faculty can support connections with professional musicians in the Sarasota-Manatee community. Music faculty sponsor the lessons as a tutorial, full term participation for a module of credit while the student works with the private instructor. Consult a music faculty member for more details.
An Area of Concentration in Music normally includes the following requirements:
Highly Recommended courses and activities
Joint AOC including Music
Students at New College may combine their study of music with another discipline for a Joint AOC. A Joint AOC in music, minimally requires the following coursework, as well as music as a component of the senior thesis and a faculty member in music serving on the baccalaureate committee:
Secondary AOC in Music
Students at New College may combine their study of music with another discipline for a Secondary AOC. The Secondary AOC differs from the Joint AOC in music in that a student is not required to include music as part of the thesis:
See the NCF library web site for more titles of New College theses, found here.
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Requirements for an AOC in Music include basic musicianship as well as developing informed approaches to music and sound.Read more here
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