Courses & Programs

Music Performance Certificate

Elissa Brill Pashkin

Chair, Music Department

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 120

413.552.2291 (Tel)


what will you learn?

The purpose of the certificate is to acknowledge college-level work in Music for those who are not completing the full A.A. degree in Music. Upon completion of the certificate, when combined with another associate degree program, students will be prepared to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (rather than a Bachelor of Music) degree, or minor in Music, at their transfer institution. Students who are not also enrolled in an Associate program will be prepared to audition at insitutions that require a performance audition for admission. The certificate may be used by those students who would like to augment any degree program at the college with serious study in music, or simply to improve performance skills for personal enrichment.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the certificate, when combined with an associate degree program, students will be prepared to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (rather than a Bachelor of Music) degree, or minor in Music, at a four-year college or university. Students not  enrolled in an associate degree program will be prepared to audition at insitutions that require a performance audition for admission.

Holyoke Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

what will you do?

Continue your education or use your skills in the workforce! Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

24-25 total credits

21 credits program requirements + 3-4 credits credits electives


program requirements

21 CREDITS
Open to all students who want to learn to read music and learn introductory music theory. Covers reading and writing pitches and rhythmic patterns, major and minor scales and key signatures, intervals, and chords. Also provides a basic introduction to the keyboard. No previous experience is necessary.
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 1: Includes a review of the fundamentals, followed by figured bass, Roman numeral analysis, cadences, nonchord tones, instrument transportations and melodic and textual organization.Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: MUS 100 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 2: Continues with voice leading in two and four voices, harmonic progression, seventh chords, secondary dominants, and modulation. Courses must be taken in sequence.Prerequisite: MUS 105
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills. Prerequisite: MUS 105 previously or concurrently
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills. Prerequisite: MUS 131, and MUS 107 previously or concurrently
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: No previous training is required for MUS 135; students with basic piano background may enter at a level appropriate to their skills, as determined by the instructor.
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 135
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: Audition Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: MUS 171Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: None
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: MUS 161

Select one from the following: MUS 121-122, MUS 127-128, MUS 111-112, MUS 141-142, MUS 155-156.

electives

3-4 credits CREDITS
An introductory appreciation course, open to all students. Explores music outside the Western European tradition, including music of Polynesia, Native North America, Latin America, Africa and Black America, Eastern Europe, the Mideast, Indonesia, India, and Japan. Specific topics chosen from these areas will be studied.
An introductory appreciation course, open to all students. Explores the nature and meaning of artistic creativity and aesthetic judgment in the music of Western European tradition.
Open to all students. Traces the history of jazz from its African roots to the present, covering its development through specific historical eras, including the African retentions in American jazz, work songs, spirituals, blues, early syncopated music, ragtime, the music of New Orleans, swing, big band, small combos, bebop (modern jazz), avant garde, and contemporary.
Open to all students. Provides the training needed to teach others in specific areas of instrumental or vocal music. Emphasis is on gaining performance skill, discussing literature and its historical significance, and arranging for the specific instrumental or vocal groups involved. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MUS 100
Open to all students. Provides the training needed to teach others in specific areas of instrumental or vocal music. Emphasis is on gaining performance skill, discussing literature and its historical significance, and arranging for the specific instrumental or vocal groups involved. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MUS 100
Open to all students. Provides the training needed to teach others in specific areas of instrumental or vocal music. Emphasis is on gaining performance skill, discussing literature and its historical significance, and arranging for the specific instrumental or vocal groups involved. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MUS 100
Open to all students. Provides the training needed to teach others in specific areas of instrumental or vocal music. Emphasis is on gaining performance skill, discussing literature and its historical significance, and arranging for the specific instrumental or vocal groups involved.Prerequisite: MUS 100 previously or concurrently
Open to all students. Provides the training needed to teach others in specific areas of instrumental or vocal music. Emphasis is on gaining performance skill, discussing literature and its historical significance, and arranging for the specific instrumental or vocal groups involved. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MUS 100
Contemporary genres of American popular music are the result of multicultural, political, social, and technological developments. This course will explore the origins of current styles of popular music. We will focus on the music itself, and discuss how it has influenced and been influenced by aspects of American culture, how it reflects cultural identity and experience, and how its evolution is tied to changes in American society. Assignments will involve listening, reading, writing, and music and text analysis. No previous music experience is required, other than an interest in popular music.
This course provides in-depth college-level study of a particular composer, era, style, or other area of interest in the field of music. The emphasis will be on the study of music in the humanities, exploring subject matter in terms of music history and literature, typical formal structures, technical issues, and/or comparison with other related arts. No previous musical experience is required. Topics will rotate, and selection will depend on the particular expertise of the faculty teaching the course. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
A performing class studying the repertoire and dealing with the techniques of jazz improvisation, including the use of scales in relation to jazz chord progressions, analysis of jazz styles and their harmonic progressions, and the practical use of instruments in the modern ensemble. Prerequisite: Music 100 with a grade of B or better or permission of the instructor.
A performing class studying the repertoire and dealing with the techniques of jazz improvisation, including the use of scales in relation to jazz chord progressions, analysis of jazz styles and their harmonic progressions, and the practical use of instruments in the modern ensemble. Prerequisite: MUS 151
A summation of the fundamental areas of music technology including: analog basics, sound reinforcement, microphone technique, digital theory and recording, mixing and mastering, MIDI sequencing, computer synthesis, computer notation, and experimental electronic music. Lectures will be followed by sessions in which all students will participate in using the HCC studio.
Performance-oriented workshop experience that develops vocal performance skills, with some attention to stage movement and acting skills, through the rehearsal and presentation of songs and scenes from selected musical theater works. Prerequisite:None (Same as THE 181)
Performance-oriented workshop experience that develops vocal performance skills, with some attention to stage movement and acting skills, through the rehearsal and presentation of songs and scenes from selected musical theater works. Prerequisite: MUS 181 or THE 181 (Same as THE 182)
This course provides semester-long study of a topic outside the typical community college core curriculum. These topics would be covered in only a preliminary way in other department courses. It is intended for students with a background in Music. Topics will rotate, and selection will depend on the particular expertise of the faculty teaching the course. Possible topics include Conducting, Arranging, Orchestration, and Analysis.Prerequisites: MUS 107 (Music Theory 2), eligibility for ENG 101
Representative music compositions of the Western European tradition are studied critically in their historical setting: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and the early Classic periods. Prerequisite: ENG 102, Corequisite MUS 208 or permission of instructor
Representative music compositions of the Western European tradition are studied critically in their historical setting: Classic, Romantic, 20th Century and contemporary. Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: MUS 259.


Students who place out of MUS 100 may substitute any other 3 credits in Music.

This program may be completed in one year, but may also be spread out over the course of several years while enrolled in another program of study at Holyoke Community College. 

The Class Piano requirement may be waived for students who demonstrate in an audition that they already possess the necessary piano skills.