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Music

The music instructors at Inver Hills are accomplished musicians who are passionate about teaching. They are music scholars, performers and composers who are exceptionally knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. Whether you are a novice pianist or a future recording executive, our instructors are dedicated to expanding your musical world both creatively and professionally.

Contact Information

Stanley Rothrock
Music Instructor

srothro@inverhills.edu
651-450-3324
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Andrew Martin
Music Instructor

amartin@inverhills.edu
651-450-3774
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Admissions Team

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651-450-3000
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The Music department at Inver Hills offers a variety of courses that can be used to advance your individual musical talents, prepare you as a music major, or satisfy the general education requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Diversity in course offerings is a hallmark of the department, which emphasizes an ideal balance between traditional music and world music.

Designed to meet you wherever you are musically, from serious study to personal enrichment to just getting started, our courses include:

  • Beginning group lessons
  • Private lessons: beginning to advanced levels
  • Performance opportunities
  • Music appreciation
  • Special topics courses
  • Music fundamentals

As a music student at Inver Hills, you will have a number of performance opportunities, including recitals when you are enrolled in private lessons. Our department features three distinctive ensembles that are regular course offerings open to all students with any level of experience:

  • Inver Hills African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • IHCC Choir
  • Inver Hills Steel Drum Ensemble

The Music department is equipped with outstanding facilities that provide the acoustics, instruments and technology you need to propel yourself forward as a musician.

  • 300-seat Inver Hills Theatre
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Large Ensemble Space
  • Three Studio Lesson Spaces
  • Piano Lab
  • Recording Studio
  • Dedicated Practice Rooms
  • iMac Music Composition Lab
  • Steinway Grand Piano

Degrees

Associate of Fine Art (A.F.A.) in Music – 68 credits

The A.F.A. in Music provides the foundation you need to pursue a variety of professions in the music industry. The degree also prepares you earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Music or a bachelor’s degree designed to provide the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the music business.

To earn your A.F.A. in Music, you will take 38 credits in music and 30 credits in liberal arts requirements. An internship in your final semester will give you hands-on experience in practical learning while teaching you important skills in networking, resume building, and applying for jobs, grants and exhibitions or to a four-year school.

A.F.A. in Music outcomes:

  1. Sing or play an instrument with basic proficiency.
  2. Demonstrate technical proficiency at the piano.
  3. Demonstrate ability to sing and/or play an instrument at sight.
  4. Perform collaboratively.
  5. Analyze music using theoretical concepts and terms.
  6. Contextualize a music composition using historically accurate concepts and terms.
  7. Demonstrate professional behaviors related to profession.

As a music student at Inver Hills, you will gain firsthand knowledge of the music industry while establishing tangible connections to music business professionals. Your approach to music will be holistic as you complete courses in music history, music theory, music performing ensemble, music industry and applied lessons along with an internship that offers training in your specific area of focus.

The A.F.A. in Music is designed to offer you two clear-cut options:

  • Transfer with junior status to a four-year college or university to earn a B.F.A. in Music or a comparable bachelor’s degree
  • Build a meaningful, rewarding career in the music industry
Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Music Curriculum – 20 credits

Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 1104 Class Piano 1 3 cr
MUSC 1111 Music Theory I 2 cr
MUSC 1112 Music Theory II 2 cr
MUSC 1113 Aural Skills I 2 cr
MUSC 1114 Aural Skills II 2 cr
MUSC 2128 History of Western Music Ancient to 1700 3 cr
MUSC 2129 History of Western Music 1700 to 1900 3 cr
MUSC 2189 Music Industry Internship 2 3 cr
Total Credits: 20
1 This requirement can be waived if students pass competency exam; however, students will not be granted credit for a passing test and will have to choose another MUSC elective to fulfill the credit requirements.
2 The internship is required for completion of the degree and will be arranged by the department.

Music Electives Curriculum – 10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Choose 6 credits from the following:
MUSC 1147 Music Business - Marketing, Promotion and Publishing 3 cr
MUSC 1148 Intro to Audio/Video Production 3 cr
MUSC 1152 Intro to Audio Recording 3 cr
MUSC 1153 Intro to Midi and Digidesign 3 cr
Choose 2 credits from the following:
MUSC 2105 Choir 2 cr
MUSC 1109 African Drum and Dance 2 cr
MUSC 1121 IHCC Steel Drum Ensemble 2 cr
Choose 2 credits from the following:
MUSC 1131 Applied Piano 2 cr
MUSC 1132 Applied Voice 2 cr
MUSC 1133 Applied Guitar 2 cr
MUSC 1134 Applied Percussion 2 cr
MUSC 1135 Applied Lessons - Instrumental 2 cr
MUSC 1136 Applied High Brass 2 cr
MUSC 1137 Applied Low Brass 2 cr
MUSC 1138 Applied Strings 2 cr
MUSC 1139 Applied Woodwinds 2 cr
Total Credits: 10

Business and Economics Curriculum – 8 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Choose at least 8 credits from the following: 3
BUS 2004 Principles of Marketing 3 cr
BUS 1109 Introduction to International Business 3 cr
BUS 1111 Principles of International Marketing 3 cr
BUS 1115 Principles of International Trade 3 cr
ECON 1105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr
ECON 1106 Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr
Total Credits: 8
3 Some of these courses may also count toward the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100, 1110, 2230, or 2240 3 cr
Math or Science with Lab (See Goals 3 or 4 of MnTC) 3 cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3 cr
Any course (See Goals 7-10 of MnTC) 3 cr
Liberal Arts Electives (Restricted to MnTC courses) 14 cr
Total Credits: 30
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Course Descriptions

MUSC 1104  Class Piano I   3.0 cr

Provides a sequential study of music fundamentals, written music theory, historical context, and basic skills required to play the piano/keyboard. This course is designed for the beginning piano student.

MUSC 1105  IHCC Choir   1.0 cr

Encompasses a vocal performance experience open to any student who wishes to sing in an ensemble. The choir performs at least one concert each semester on campus, with additional performances for special events every term. The musical selection and themes vary from semester to semester, which cover choral music from Medieval times to the present day. Attendance is required at the final performance and all other scheduled performances. This credit may be repeated as often as desired. NOTE: This course DOES NOT satisfy any requirements for the MN Transfer Curriculum.

MUSC 1106  Class Piano II   3.0 cr

Provides a sequential study of music fundamentals, music theory, historical context, and the skills to play intermediate and advanced piano repertoire. This course is designed for the student with some piano experience. MUSC 1104 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 1107  Class Voice I   3.0 cr

Develops basic vocal techniques. Songs and other materials will be suited to the student's abilities. This course is intended for the beginning singer and students preparing for private lessons. It is open to anyone interested in developing vocal abilities.

MUSC 1109  African Drum and Dance   2.0 cr

Introduces group African hand and stick drumming, singing, and dancing (with an emphasis on drumming). African Drumming is an ensemble and grading is based on participation and attendance of class and performances. This class is a learning and performing ensemble and taught through oral tradition with written aid when necessary. Students are encouraged to use their memory in retaining the music and cultural information that accompanies the music being played. By learning traditional methods, students will also gain personal insights on the cultures and ethnic groups covered.

MUSC 1110  Music Fundamentals   3.0 cr

Provides an overview of the essential elements of music needed to understand structure, gain historical perspective, write and compose music, and communicate clearly about/through this art form. This includes introductory music theory, history and performance practice, listening, and other related subject area concepts.

MUSC 1111  Music Theory I   2.0 cr

Embodies the notational materials and structures of music, approached through writing and analysis. This course is the first of a two semester sequence of harmonic, formal and contrapuntal analysis encompassing the 16th through the 17th centuries.

MUSC 1112  Music Theory II   2.0 cr

Embodies the notational materials and structures of music, approached through writing and analysis. This course is the second of a two semester sequence of harmonic, formal and contrapuntal analysis encompassing the 18th through the 20th centuries. Prerequisites: MUSC 1111.

MUSC 1113  Aural Skills I   2.0 cr

Develops the ability to dictate and articulate musical pitches both heard and read from an introductory level through a course of study that gradually increases in complexity in rhythm, tonality and musical texture.

MUSC 1114  Aural Skills II   2.0 cr

Develops the ability to dictate and articulate musical pitches both heard and read from chromatic tonalities through serialism. This course is the second of a two semester sequence. This is a course of study that gradually increases in complexity in rhythm, tonality and musical texture. Prereq: MUSC 1113.

MUSC 1116  Rock, Blues Ensemble   1.0 cr

Develops an understanding of beginning ensemble technique as well as developing reading, improvisation, and harmonic construction. This performance forum provides opportunity for students to explore basic musical concepts through ensemble involvement. This course maybe repeated as often as desired. Prerequisite: MUSC 1133 or MUSC 1119.

MUSC 1118  Class Drumset   3.0 cr

Covers the basics of drumset performance in group and individual sessions. Emphasis will be placed on technique, listening, and improvising. Students will develop basic skills and proficiency in performing all styles of music including Rock, Jazz, Latin, etc., including snare drum. This course will culminate with students performing with a live band. This course is open to all students and ability levels; requirements include: text, drumsticks, practice pad (which are available online or via the bookstore).

MUSC 1119  Class Guitar I   3.0 cr

Develops entry-level understanding of beginning guitar technique as well as understanding notation, improvisation, elementary chord construction and theory. This forum provides opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through Folk, Rock, Blues and Classical guitar. No previous musical experience is necessary but students must provide their own guitar. All types and styles of guitar are accepted.

MUSC 1120  Class Guitar II   3.0 cr

Provides intermediate multi stylistic study of chord structure, notation, improvisation, composition, and ensemble. This course is designed for students who have completed Beginning class guitar (MUSC 1119), have enrolled in Applied Guitar (MUSC 1133) or have auditioned for Guitar faculty. Prereq: MUSC 1119, MUSC 1133 or audition with Guitar faculty.

MUSC 1121  IHCC Steel Drum Ensemble   2.0 cr

Introduces group Trinidadian Steel Drum playing and offers students the opportunity to perform in the IHCC Steel Drum Ensemble. Students taking this course (IHCC Steel Drum Ensemble) are expected to attend and participate in class, rehearsals, and perform at the final concert held at semester's end. This experiential class is a learning and performing ensemble and taught primarily through oral tradition though it will often rely on written aid where applicable. Students are encouraged to use their memory in retaining the music and cultural information that accompanies the music being played. By learning traditional methods, students will also gain personal insights on the cultures and ethnic groups covered. No musical experience is necessary.

MUSC 1122  Diction: English and Italian   2.0 cr

Categorizes rules of language pronunciation as they apply to everyday situational useage. This course is intended for any student interested in language pronunciation and dialect, but also intended for beginning singers and musicians.Categorizes rules of language pronunciation as they apply to everyday situational useage. This course is intended for any student interested in language pronunciation and dialect, but also intended for beginning singers and musicians.

MUSC 1124  Intro to Song Writing and Composition   3.0 cr

Explores the various musical forms, structures, and lyrics of American popular music. This course is intended for any student interested in learning how to write songs (lyrics and music accompaniment). A basic knowledge of major and minor scale construction and rudimentary chord structure, though helpful, in not required.

MUSC 1131  Applied Piano   2.0 cr

Provides individualized piano instruction to students through regularly scheduled lessons. Lessons are arranged directly with the instructor and a course of study will be chosen based on the student's current skill level, abilities, and needs. These credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course.

MUSC 1132  Applied Voice   2.0 cr

Provides individualized voice instruction to students through regularly scheduled lessons. Lessons are arranged directly with the instructor and a course of study will be chosen based on the student's current skill level, abilities, and needs. These credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course.

MUSC 1133  Applied Guitar   2.0 cr

Provides students with individualized instruction to learn how to play the guitar. Lessons are arranged directly with the instructor and a course of study will be chosen based on the student's current skill level, abilities, and needs. These credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course.

MUSC 1134  Applied Percussion   2.0 cr

Provides private percussion lessons by arrangement with the instructor. This course will include a study of basic percussion techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Course includes 15 half-hour lessons per term. Prereq: Instructor approval.

MUSC 1135  Applied Instrumental Lessons   2.0 cr

Provides private instrument lessons (other than voice, guitar, percussion) by arrangement with the music department and instructor. This course will include a study of basic instrumental techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Prereq: Instructor and departmental approval.

MUSC 1136  Applied High Brass Lessons   2.0 cr

Provides private lessons on High Brass Instruments (Trumpet and French Horn) by arrangement with the music instructor. This course will include a study of basic instrumental techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

MUSC 1137  Applied Low Brass Lessons   2.0 cr

Provides private lessons on Low Brass Instruments (Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) by arrangement with the music instructor. This course will include a study of basic instrumental techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

MUSC 1138  Applied String Lessons   2.0 cr

Provides private lessons on String Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass) by arrangement with the music instructor. This course will include a study of basic instrumental techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

MUSC 1139  Applied Woodwind Lessons   2.0 cr

Provides private lessons on Woodwind Instruments (saxophone, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet) by arrangement with the music instructor. This course will include a study of basic instrumental techniques. Course work will be suited to the skill level of the student and these credits may be repeated as often as desired. An extra fee is required for this course. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.

MUSC 1140  Music Appreciation   3.0 cr

Surveys the development of music and how it has been and continues to be expressed, from antiquity to present day. As part of this investigation, students will be exposed to a number of different composers, listen to different types of music from different cultures, geographical locations, and times, and attend live performance(s).

MUSC 1141  Jazz History   3.0 cr

Provides learning experiences in the study of jazz music, musical instruments, jazz artists and outstanding musical performances. It includes the study of historical developments in jazz and its impact in other musical styles and world music. Attendance to two live concerts is required for grade at the student's own expense.

MUSC 1143  History of Rock and Roll   3.0 cr

Explores the development of Rock and Roll music, and how it influenced the American experience and music history.

MUSC 1144  Broadway Musicals   3.0 cr

Studies Broadway Musicals from 1880 to the present day. Open to all students interested in expanding their knowledge of Broadway Musicals. The class will include viewing recorded and live performances of Broadway shows. Students may be expected to attend one show of their own choice. The cost of this performance will be at the student's expense.

MUSC 1145  World Music   3.0 cr

Explores music of the world's cultures through examining a survey of traditional musical cultures from around the globe and an introduction to the ethnomusicological approach to the study of the world's music. This approach studies music as a part of a community's culture which reflects itself through how music is used in the society, who creates and performs it and how its elements and form demonstrate the values of its practitioners. The focus is on learning how musicians around the world understand their own music, and on exposure, appreciation and understanding of basic musical and cultural elements from the selected regions.

MUSC 1146  Music in Film   3.0 cr

Explores the "Sounds of the Cinema" and the drama in film that most often goes unnoticed. This class reveals the moments in American film music that make it the greatest industry in America. From the early silent films to present day action adventure movies, this course studies how film composers punctuate the production with music, magnifying dramatic intensity.

MUSC 1147  Music Business - Marketing, Promotion And Publishing   3.0 cr

Presents an understanding of music industry in contemporary and historical styles as it relates to copyright laws, licensing, contracts, publicity and marketing. Other topics include the recording industry and management.

MUSC 1148  Introduction to Music Video Production   3.0 cr

Presents an artistic appreciation of music through the form of production. Students will develop a methodical understanding of how to create a music video using and combining the recording and components of "Pro Tools" and "Final Cut Express" audio video software. Students will need to provide their own video cameras, download cables and DVD disk.

MUSC 1152  Intro to Audio Recording   3.0 cr

Provides students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working with practical applications of audio recording technology. In this course, students will examine and learn techniques in multi-track recording, virtual/live track integration, session management, digital and analog audio recording procedures, and system trouble-shooting.

MUSC 1153  Intro to Midi and Sound Design   3.0 cr

Provides students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students will learn the basics of MIDI such as basic techniques, hardware and software implications, sound design, virtual studio, sequencing, and the MIDI applications to Audio and Video.

MUSC 1160  Music and Protest   3.0 cr

Music and Protest builds on the classic mantra "Which side are you on?". From the Ancient Greeks to Green Day's "American Idiot," music has served as a powerful medium for protest. This course will explore the vast body of protest music from around the globe. Our attention will be focused on how selected regional musical genres and instruments serve to construct, dictate, and protest issues such as race identity, gender identity, community, heritage, and other social formations.

MUSC 2105  IHCC Choir   2.0 cr

Encompasses a vocal performance experience open to any student who wishes to sing in an ensemble. The choir performs at least one concert each semester on campus, with additional performances for special events every term. The musical selection and themes vary from semester to semester, which cover choral music from Medieval times to the present day. Attendance is required at the final performance and all other scheduled performances. NOTE: This credit may be taken only once to satisfy the requirements for the MN Transfer Curriculum.

MUSC 2128  History of Western Music Ancient to 1700   3.0 cr

Studies the European Art Music tradition from antiquity to 1700 to increase awareness and understanding of western music of the time period. This course includes the in-depth study of composers, historical and cultural influences, styles, and musical structures.

MUSC 2129  History of Western Music: 1700 To 1900   3.0 cr

Studies the European Art Music tradition from 1700 to 1900 to increase awareness and understanding of the time period. This course includes the in-depth study of genres, historical and cultural influences, styles, and musical structures.

MUSC 2189  Internship in Music Industry   3.0 cr

Provides students with supervised work experience in the Music Industry. Students will have the opportunity to receive hands-on work experience while working with cutting-edge music industry professionals and arts organizations. This internship will take place off campus and students will be encouraged to develop both content and networking skills. Student/employer compatability matching will vary based on student need and industry trends. The workload will be arranged and approved by the instructor and will total 140 total hours. Pre-requisites: MUSC 1111, MUSC 1113, and MUSC 2128 or Instructor Approval.

MUSC 2220  Music Education and Pedagogy   3.0 cr

Focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for anyone to experience, understand, produce, discuss and enjoy various forms of music with young children. Examines the characteristics of age-appropriate music activities, how music can integrate with other disciplines, and how to teach music to others. Incorporates music concepts, basic structural elements, principles and vocabulary of music, and current pedagogical practices. The course assumes no musical background and is an introductory course for prospective elementary educators, classroom paraprofessionals or teachers, and other students interested in learning how music pedagogy works. Credit can only be earned in one department. To fulfill goal 6 enroll in MUSC 2220.

MUSC 2250  Special Topics in Music   3.0 cr

Specific topics in music will be presented on a rotating basis. Course topics include but are not limited to; musical theatre, history of folk and country music, Rodgers and Hammerstein, or the study of a prominent composer or style period. May be repeated under different topics.

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The A.F.A. in Music program at Inver Hills is establishing articulation agreements with the following colleges and universities:

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Student Clubs

The A.F.A. in Music program at Inver Hills features three distinctive ensembles that are regular course offerings open to all students with any level of experience:

  • Inver Hills African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • IHCC Choir
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  • Inver Hills Steel Drum Ensemble

Professional organizations

The music industry is replete with organizations that are invaluable resources for both music professionals and students of music.

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Employment Information

Building a career in music

Career opportunities in the music industry are defined by your commitment and aptitude as a creative professional. Music can be the core focus of numerous career fields from education to entertainment to business. You don’t have to abandon your creativity to make a solid living.

The range of career paths in music is astonishing. You can take your music to the next level in the following occupations:

  • Arranger
  • Producer
  • Orchestrator
  • Composer
  • Film scorer
  • Freelance or staff songwriter
  • Transcriber
  • Conductor
  • MIDI technician
  • Programmer
  • Music sequencer
  • Sound designer
  • Music editor
  • Music supervisor
  • Film adapter
  • Advertising executive
  • Booking agent
  • Business manager
  • Music publisher
  • Personal manager
  • Professional manager
  • Choir director
  • Music educator
  • Music professor
  • Music teacher
  • Private instructor
  • Recording engineer
  • Studio director
  • Music therapist
  • Session musician
  • General business musician
  • Performing artist
  • Orchestra member
  • Background vocalist

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your freshman and sophomore music obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Express creativity while developing musical skills
  2. Harness your musical talents through performance, recording, and production
  3. Network with music industry professionals
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with music faculty
  5. Get hands-on experience in excellent music labs and studios
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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Inver Hills Theatre (photos pending)

Black Box Theatre FA165 (Photos in Music PPE folder)

Large Ensemble Space FA175 (photos in Music PPE folder)

Three Studio Lesson Spaces (faculty offices; photos N/A)

Piano Lab FA192 (photos in Music PPE folder)

Recording Studio FA172 (photos in Music PPE folder)

Dedicated Practice Rooms FA182, FA183, FA184 (photos in Music PPE folder)

iMac Music Composition Lab FA140 (photos in Music PPE folder)

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