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. Required courses and activities require students to listen, observe, interpret, perform and create, as well as develop historically- and culturally-informed approaches to music and sound. Students are encouraged to integrate approaches 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 (a “slash”), or study music as part of an AOC in Humanities, General Studies, or a Special AOC created by the student (e.g. Media Studies, Sound Studies, Performance Studies).
Performance at New College is seen as a further opportunity to integrate theory and practice. New Music New College presents world-class performers in concert and master classes, and involves students in at least one performance each academic year, emphasizing experimental approaches to music. Students can also perform in the New College Chorus or Chamber Music. 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 a capella singing group, and New Cats, a jazz ensemble; however, students receive tutorial credit for such participation only under unusual circumstances.
In addition, the music faculty can help students make connections with musicians in the Sarasota community, some of whom teach private lessons. Students can receive credit for lessons through tutorials; however, students must pay for those lessons over and above the tuition and fees that New College charges.
An Area of Concentration in Music normally includes the following requirements:
Highly Recommended courses and activities:
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.
Students at New College may combine their study of music with another discipline in what is often referred to as a combined area of concentration, or a “slash” AOC. A combined area of concentration including Music (a “slash” 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:
Performance activities are highly recommended.
Assistant Professor of Music in Musicology
New York University
Associate Professor of Music in Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of the UNLV Music Lab on Auditory Cognition and Development
University of Nevada Las Vegas
These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.