Why Study Music at New College?

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.

Music area of concentration

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 (mdancigers@ncf.edu).

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 (hviera-vargas@ncf.edu).

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:

  • Music Theory I & II. These two courses provide students a foundation in diatonic (Music Theory I) and chromatic (Music Theory II) harmony. (Two Units)
  • Writing and Information Literacy: Two writing-enhanced courses (WEC) in music.(Two Units)
  • Theory/History/Ethnomusicology/Composition/Electronic Music and Production electives (including tutorials): Six to eight activities chosen in consultation with the advisor reflecting the student’s learning goals.
  • Keyboard Skills–ability to improvise harmony and sight read at a basic level. These skills can be acquired through enrollment in Keyboard Skills. Substitution of guitar or other harmony-based instrument possible with the approval of the faculty in music. (one half unit to four units)

Highly Recommended courses and activities

  • Language other than the native language. If you are interested in graduate study related to music we highly recommend that you study language with the goal of mastery.
  • Secondary discipline— at least two courses or tutorials from a perspective outside of music that have implications for the study of music. These two courses could focus on anthropology (e. g. Anthropology of Performance, Ethnography), sociology (e.g. Sociology of the Arts), history, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, political science, English, gender studies, environmental studies, biology, or any other discipline or area in which music as a subject may be considered. For advice in regard to your interests consult a faculty member in music.
  • Performance activities: while participation in music activities is not required, it is recommended for all the ways it might inspire new paths in experiencing sound and performance.
  • Private lessons: Private lessons are not required, but support a student’s growth in musicianship.
  • Computer science: Although we do not require it for an AOC in music, we recommend that students interested in composition take courses in computer science that introduce coding.

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:

  • Music Theory I
  • Two writing-enhanced courses (WEC) in music..
  • At least three additional music courses (Theory/History/Ethno/Composition) of the student’s choice. Students may consider two semesters of a performance experience (New College Chorus, Chamber Music) as one of the additional music courses.

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:

Faculty

Recent Theses

  • Francis Christopher Alibro, “Woody Guthrie as Country Musician,” 2015
  • Harriet Barnes-Duke, “Voodoo Fire: An Ethnographic Study of the Multifaceted Nature of New Orleans Voodoo,” 2015
  • Elliot Evins, “How Indie Killed Rock,” 2013
  • Brandt Stirling, “A Composition for Melodic Drum Set,” 2017
  • Lucille Sanz, “Entre Dos Aguas: The Relationship Between The Traditional Notions of Gender in Flamenco and The Way Nuevo Flamenco Cultivates Its Evolution,” 2020
  • Ross Daniel Mack (Rose) Artifact of a Bygone Time: Stephen Sondheim and Pastiche,” 2020

See the NCF library web site for more titles of New College theses, found here.

Alumni

Assistant Professor of Music in Musicology
New York University

Associate Professor of Music in Ethnomusicology
Columbia University

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Director of the UNLV Music Lab on Auditory Cognition and Development
University of Nevada Las Vegas

What Can I Do with a Music AOC?

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Music Curriculum

Requirements for an AOC in Music include basic musicianship as well as developing informed approaches to music and sound.

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Undergraduate Program

New College of Florida offers more than 40 different majors in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as a number of interdisciplinary concentrations.

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Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Music Theory I (LAC no. 1)
  • Music and the Environment (LAC Course no. 2, First-Year Writing Seminar, Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 1)
  • Elementary Language I
  • Performance (New College Chorus, Chamber Music, etc. Full term for mod credit)
  • Optional: Nat Sci or Social Sci LAC (no. 3)
  • ISP #1
  • Music Theory II
  • Opera, Ballet, and the Supernatural (LAC Course no. 4; Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 2)
  • Elementary Language II
  • Electronic Music I (LAC Course no. 5; Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 3)
  • Performance (no credit or full term for mod credit)
Year 2
  • Electronic Music II (Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 4)
  • Nat Sci or Social Sci LAC (no. 6)
  • Intermediate Language I (LAC no. 7)
  • Popular Musics of the Caribbean (LAC no. 8, Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 5)
  • ISP #2
  • Romantic Music (Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 6)
  • Music and Modernism (Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 7)
  • LAC no. 8
  • Elective
  • Performance (no credit or full term for mod credit)
Year 3
  • Tutorial: Counterpoint (Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 8)
  • Consonance and Dissonance (Intermediate Writing Course in Music, Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 9
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Keyboard Skills (full term for mod credit)
  • ISP #3
  • Tutorial: Film Music (Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 10)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Performance
  • Keyboard Skills (full term for mod credit)
Year 4
  • Tutorial: Thesis
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Performance
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Music Theory I
  • Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 1
  • First-year writing in Music seminar (e.g. Music and the Environment)
  • Elementary Language I
  • New College Chorus or Chamber Music (full term for mod credit)
  • ISP #1
  • Music Theory II
  • Theory/History/Ethno/Comp no. 2
  • Elementary Language II
  • Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 3 (e.g. Electronic Music I)
  • New College Chorus or Chamber Music (full term for mod credit)
  • Keyboard Skills (full term for mod credit)
Year 4
  • Tutorial: Thesis
  • Music History/Theory/Ethno Elective no. 4 (e. g. Electronic Music II, Romantic Music, Popular Music of the Caribbean)
  • Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 5 (e. g. Electronic Music II, Romantic Music, Popular Music of the Caribbean)
  • Intermediate Language I
  • Keyboard Skills (full term for mod credit)
  • ISP #2
  • Tutorial: Music Composition
  • Tutorial: Thesis
  • Theory/History/Ethno/Comp Elective no. 6 (e.g. Opera, Ballet, and the Supernatural or Sound Design for Theater)