Music study offers opportunities for personal development and to improve creative thinking. BSC’s music program provides core curriculum for music teachers and professional performers. Coursework includes aural skills, music theory, vocal methods, conducting, piano class, applied music, and a full complement of performance ensembles including vocal, winds, strings and percussion. Declared music majors can apply for several music scholarships.
Non-majors and students of all abilities are welcome to study and to participate in the BSC band, choir and chamber ensembles. Participation earns humanities and enrichment credits toward graduation. All students may study privately with vocal and instrument instructors. BSC has scholarships for students in any field who show talent in music and actively participate in ensembles.
Music students should enjoy the process of learning and making music, a variety of musical styles, and working with people. Some previous piano, instrument or vocal experience is helpful but not required.
Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree and may transfer as a music major to a four-year college.
BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with and earn a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Opportunities occur for students to meet, study and perform with highly regarded professional musicians.
Students interested in digital audio production can earn an associate in applied science or program certificate in this highly employable field. Seats are limited in BSC’s Digital Audio Production program and assigned based on an interview with music faculty. New students are not accepted until the interview is completed. For more information, refer to the Digital Audio Production portion of this catalog.
Dr. John Darling • Leach Music Center 173