Instrumental Performance Concentration | Music Major | Concordia University Irvine

Music Major

Instrumental Performance Concentration

School of Arts and Sciences

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Curriculum

Concordia is, without a doubt, a rich atmosphere in which to ascend as a performing musician. A dedication to the Instrumental Performance Concentration will place the most challenging repertoire in front of students through rigorous one-on-one training with a highly accomplished professional performer as well as numerous ensemble performances that include expectations of musical leadership. Concordia graduates who have moved on to graduate school regularly comment that Concordia's performance atmosphere is richer than large schools for musician development because the strongest young undergraduates have opportunities to rise to principal chairs sooner while being challenged with a heavy, diverse performing schedule that is rare for undergraduates at many of the large music schools with many graduate students. When entering graduate school, they feel like more seasoned performers than their peers who attended brand name music schools.

For those with a heightened degree of dedication and concentration, Concordia can be an ideal training ground for a musical performer. However, it is rare for musicians to make the majority of their income as performers. Concordia will prepare students to perform with professional-level standards in an exceptional academic environment, which could propel students to graduate study, and which likely will propel them to become professors, teachers, and music directors who are best attuned to the highest standards in music. Their achievements in collegiate music performance will provide a level of self-discipline, work ethic, and ability to complete difficult problem-solving tasks that is desperately sought after in any professional environment.

If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Instrumental Performance Concentration, please contact Dr. Jeff Held.
jeff.held@cui.edu
949-214-3420

  • Instrumental Performance Concentration
  • 13 Units
  • Instrumental Performance students must select Instrumental Methods (2) in the Music Major. Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music Major.
  • MU__ 301-401: Private Lessons: Instrumental III-IV
  • 6

MU__ 301-401: Private Lessons: Instrumental III-IV

  • This is in addition to the Musicianship core of the Music Major.
  • MU__ 398: Junior Recital
  • 1

MU__ 398: Junior Recital

  • Choose 6 units from the following 3 categories:
  • MUS 216: Music Technology I
  • 2

An introduction to music technology hardware and software, focusing on the tools and methods used to create, prepare and perform music. Topics include MIDI, digital audio workstations, score preparation, live performance systems, and methods of music production. Students will participate in hands-on projects in which they will apply their understanding of basic music technology principles. Students should be able to read muscial notation.

  • MUS 305: Arranging
  • 2

This course introduces students to the basic principles of arranging pre-existing musical material for the small ensembles commonly encountered in church, educational, and commercial settings. Aspects of reharmonization, voicing, scoring, part generation, and idiomatic instrumental and choral writing will be studied. Pre-requisite: MUS 202.

  • MUS 312: Brass Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining brass instruments along with curricular concepts and materials for teaching beginning instrumentalists will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 313: Percussion Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining percussion instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 314: Woodwind Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining woodwind instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 315: String Techniques
  • 1

Basic techniques for playing, teaching, and maintaining string instruments will be covered in this course. Prerequisites: Considerable musical experience, preferably instrumental, and consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • MUS 403: Instrumentation and Orchestration
  • 3

The course focuses on the practical and artistic aspects of scoring for large instrumental and choral ensembles. A significant portion of the class will be devoted to a study of the tonal and technical characteristics of band and orchestral instruments. Through class readings, score study, and composition-oriented projects, students will build competence in arranging and composing for large ensembles. Pre-requisite: MUS 303.

  • Choose up to 2 units from the following: 
  • MU__ 101-401: Private Lessons: Secondary Instrument I-IV
  • 1

MU__ 101-401: Private Lessons: Secondary Instrument I-IV

  • Choose up to 2 units from the following:
  • MUE 252: String Ensemble
  • 0.5

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

  • MUE 253: Concordia Brass
  • 0.5

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

  • MUE 254: Woodwind Ensemble
  • 0.5

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

  • MUE 255: Jazz Combo
  • 0.5

This course will provide improvisation, performance, skills, and repertoire. Students will have the opportunity to arrange and compose new works for the ensemble. Membership is by approval of instructor.

  • MUE 256: Percussion Ensemble
  • 0.5

This concert ensemble will prepare a recital each semester as well as special performances Membership is by appointment.

  • MUE 257: Jazz Ensemble
  • 0.5

This ensemble will perform significant jazz literature for saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm instruments in concerts and events on and off campus emphasizing the development of advanced playing techniques, musical perception, and improvisation. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

  • MUE 258: Flute Ensemble
  • 0.5

This chamber music outreach ensemble will perform music for recitals and worship services or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

  • MUE 262: Chamber Music Ensemble
  • 0.5

Chamber Music Ensemble is designed to give singers and instrumentalists an introduction to working in chamber music settings which can include duos, trios, and quartets. It is a hands-on laboratory that will include meetings as a group with the instructor to discuss topics related to the field of chamber music as well as individual and group coaching sessions, and performances. Participants will be assigned musical partners to work with throughout the semester and will be expected to practice assigned music on their own and with their partners outside of class.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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