Music has long been an important means of entertainment and social commentary both historically and in contemporary society. From the first flutists playing instruments carved from bone to modern day experimental ensembles programming synthesizers, musicians have known the importance of blending the right notes to create harmony. Students studying music at Emmanuel receive instruction from the basics of music notation to the complexities of creative composition.
2013-2014 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for a Minor in Music
6 courses (24 credits)
PERF1321 The ABCs of Music Notation: Dots, Lines, and Squiggles*
PERF1301 Song: From the Monks to the Monkees (AI-A)
Or PERF1302 Music-Theater through the Age (AI-A)
PERF1304 Musics of the World (AI-A)
PERF2321 Harmony through Creative Composition
Two or more courses (including Directed Study) to be decided in consultation. If PERF2312 is taken (4 credits), then one more course (including Directed Study) to be decided in consultation.
Three semesters of performance courses, which can include (but not be limited to): Performance(s) in a musical theater production
PERF0311 Saints and Singers: EC Chorus (0 credits)
PERF0312 Performance Techniques for the Singing Actor (0 credits)
COF Orchestra and/or Chorus (0 credits)
PERF2312 Advanced Performance Techniques for the Singing Actor (4 credits)
Or Other performances (to be decided in consultation)
* A student may be exempt from taking PERF1321 through demonstration of skills and mastery of knowledge as determined by the course instructor and department chair. In such a case, another course would be decided, in consultation with the department chair, to take its place.
Learning Goals + Outcomes
At the completion of an Individualized Major in Performing Arts degree, the student will:
Be able to locate a work within a historical timeline and understand the relationships between that work and the period in which it was created.
Be able to effectively engage and analyze a work on multiple structural and technical levels.
Be able to recognize important stylistic features associated with major writers, composers, and/or performers, both past and present.
Acquire the skills necessary to present a work through appropriate performance and/or production techniques.
Acquire skills and techniques that will enable them to independently and/or collaboratively create new works.
Performing arts careers are many and varied. Among those that a student of music can pursue are:
The skills learned in the performing arts disciplines can also be applied to many walks of life. Self-confidence and self-awareness, the ability to speak and carry one's self with confidence in front of others, and creative, outside-the-box thinking are all abilities that put an Emmanuel College graduate ahead of the pack in almost any career.
Learn more about career paths open to students of performing arts through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.