Courses You Can Still Get Into This Spring: Music Edition

Do you love music? The history, the influence, the technology, the vast variety of sounds and melodies, the audience’s reactions? Check out the following MUS courses with open seats for the spring 2014 semester! Go to BANNER for complete course descriptions, the most current course information, and to register.


Portuguese Guitar Variations by Feliciano Guimaraes, CC BY 2.0

The First Step (Beginners)

Welcome to the world of music and music-playing! Have you ever wanted to dazzle someone (or many someones) with a rocking musical melody, but find yourself flailing at the very thought of picking up an instrument or singing a song aloud? Try one of the following courses and release your creativity!

1. Applied Music Private Lessons MUS 1610
Jamestown: Neil Flory, CRN 3250
Cattaraugus County: Susan Crane, CRN 4731

Brush up on your instrument of choice with private music lessons. You need no previous experience, so grab this chance to develop your musical talents in an individualized setting.

2. Beginning Voice MUS 1630
Jamestown: James Beal, CRN 3252, TR 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Try singing instruction at the beginner’s level and hone your singing technique. No previous experience is required, just the courage.


An old piano by Mourner, CC BY 2.0

3. Beginning Piano MUS 1670
Jamestown: CRN 3254, MW 1:15-2:30 p.m.

You’ll receive instruction at the beginner’s level and learn how to start playing piano tunes.

4. Beginning Guitar MUS 1680
Jamestown: Darwin Eckstrom, CRN 3255, MWF 9-9:50 a.m.
NCTC: Spencer Drake, CRN 5522, MW 1:15-2:30 p.m.

No experience with the guitar is necessary – you’ll learn everything you need to know to start playing your favorite songs!

5. Audio Recording MUS 1710
Jamestown: Michael Kelly, CRN 3257, MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

Work with a state-of-the-art audio studio and learn to mic, record and mix for audio. Learn aspects of sound reinforcement for performances as well as studio techniques and the aesthetics and styles of music in relation to sound recording. No previous audio or music experience is required.

Continuing to Rock On (Advanced)

Expand your skill set and musical ferocity by learning more advanced musical concepts and perfecting your stage presence as you show your audience what you’ve got!

6. Guitar II MUS 1700
NCTC: Spencer Drake, CRN 5845, MW 2:40-3:55 p.m.

MUS 1680 Beginning Guitar or permission of the instructor is a prerequisite to taking this course.

7. Music Ensemble 1 MUS 1720
Cattaraugus County: Susan Crane, CRN 5869, R 4-6 p.m.

8. Music Ensemble Chorus I MUS 1750
Jamestown: Brian Bogey, CRN 3259, M 5-6:25 p.m.

9. Music Ensemble Jazz I MUS 1830
Jamestown: Ralph Rasmusson, CRN 3261, T 6:30-8:10 p.m.

10. Music Ensemble Rock 1 MUS 1850
Jamestown: Darwin Eckstrom, CRN 3263

11. Music Ensemble Concert Band MUS 1870
Jamestown: Ralph Rasmusson, CRN 3265, T 5-6:25 p.m.

For the Love of History

Gain a deeper understanding of what you love!


Clarinet artistry by Zyada, CC BY 2.0

12. American Music – Classic to Popular MUS 1590

Jamestown (DL): Susan Crane, CRN 5523, TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Cattaraugus County (DL): Susan Crane, CRN 5526, TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

This course is a must for anyone with an interest in history or music (or trivia). Sign up for an overview of American music and learn about classical, folk, rock, blues, reggae, salsa, punk, funk, country, hip-hop, Hispanic, jazz, film scores, musicals, and Native American literature. How does music shape identity and vice versa? What’s going on with technology and the music business? Does our country have a true “classical” period? Can you say no to minstrelsy? (Didn’t think so.)