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Instrumental Music Program

Jazz, Bands, Concerts

The IRSC Instrumental Music program has a rich history of outstanding musical performance. The program of study in instrumental music focuses primarily on preparing students to successfully complete an upper division music education or music performance degree. The IRSC Instrumental Music program offers tuition scholarship opportunities for music majors and non-music majors who are proficient on wind, string and percussion instruments through a prescribed audition process. Students interested in the program must have an above average level of musicianship prior to auditioning for the program.

Numerous performance opportunities are available to students in the areas of classical, jazz, and chamber music. Below are descriptions of the prominent performing ensembles here at IRSC:

Chamber Winds

The Chamber Winds ensemble is a 20-24 member select group of the most outstanding wind players in the program. These students are assigned literature which varies in instrumentation and musical complexity. Participants will perform once each semester in a four concert series. Students are accepted by audition only for this ensemble.

Jazz Combo

The Jazz Combo is a select group of the most outstanding jazz performance students at the college. This ensemble performs in concert with the larger jazz ensembles and is also provided many opportunities to perform locally for college and business events. Students are accepted by audition only for this ensemble.

Jazz Ensemble

The jazz ensemble is comprised of 21-26 members who perform classic and contemporary jazz literature in several concert venues throughout the year. Students are accepted by audition only for this ensemble.

Music and Music Therapy

This course is designed to provide educational resources for students in the areas of music and music therapy in order to create an in-depth awareness of available music-related resources and a better understanding of music in society.

Music Theory I & II

This course examines the basic elements of music theory (melody, harmony, rhythm, and form). This is the first course in a sequence of four that all colleges and universities require for music majors. understanding of music in society. Part II provides intermediate level examination of the elements of music theory. This is the second course in a sequence of four that all colleges and universities require for music majors.

Fundamentals of Music Theory

This course examines the basic elements of music theory (melody, harmony, rhythm, and form). The musical concepts presented in this course are primarily based in the Western tradition. This course and all content, lessons, assignments and correspondence will be available through the Blackboard portal.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic band is a large ensemble generally composed of 50-70 members. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a wide range of music from the standard and contemporary band literature. Ensemble participation is open to all IRSC students with no audition requirement. The Symphonic Band performs in a four concert series each semester.

Theatre Orchestra

The Theatre Orchestra ensemble provides an opportunity for all participants to rehearse and perform in several musical productions. Students will have an opportunity to perform literature from the most significant professional musicals. Students are accepted by audition only for this ensemble.

Instrumental Music Majors will have the opportunity to work in small class settings for throughout their two year term. Courses in music theory, class piano, sight-singing and applied lessons will be taught. In order to fulfill all course requirements, all music majors must complete four (4) semesters of the above mentioned. Students are also required to participate in at least two performing ensembles each semester.


PROGRAM INFORMATION

John Southall, Ph.D.,
Coordinator of Music Education
Director of Bands
(772) 462-7810 or
1-866-792-4772
jsouthal@irsc.edu




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