Music Program Courses

Code Course Credits

VPM 133

Collegiate Chorale

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Collegiate Chorale welcomes students interested in singing. Students learn and perform music from many historical periods and styles. Proper vocal and choral techniques are practiced during rehearsals. One or more performances will be given each semester.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 134

Concert Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Concert Ensemble is a performing ensemble for experienced wind, percussion, and string musicians. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles each semester. Campus performances enable members of the Concert Ensemble to showcase their talent.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 139

Guitar Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this ensemble students learn introductory musical skills including basic jazz theory, scales, notation and chord grids, comping and soloing, which are applied to the study of jazz standards or equivalent repertory. This course culminates in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

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VPM 140

Studio Guitar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio guitar students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be tailored to student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment and development of proper technique; note reading, notation and chord grids; scales and chords; improvisation; performance skills, memorization, audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 140.

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VPM 141

Studio Piano

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio piano students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be individually tailored to the students' needs and preferences. Course will also involve performance classes, master-classes, and coaching sessions, and will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 141.

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VPM 142

Studio Brass

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio brass students (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 142.

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VPM 143

Studio Percussion

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio percussion students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 143.

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VPM 144

Studio Strings

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio string students (violin, viola, cello, double bass) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 144.

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VPM 145

Studio Woodwinds

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio woodwind students (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 145.

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VPM 146

Studio Voice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio voice students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 146.

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VPM 180

Creating Music

Offered: Fall Semester

Unleash your creativity in this fun and satisfying class in which students learn to read and create music. Broad topics for the course include rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students will learn to write their own music using music notation software. No previous musical experience is required.

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VPM 183

History of Music I: European Roots

Offered: Alternative Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This survey of European Classical Music covers music composed between 1600 and the present day. The musical focus includes sacred music of Western composers and their expression of the Catholic liturgy through music.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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VPM 184

History of Music II: Non-Western Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

This introduction to world music covers the rich and fascinating vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as non-classical musical traditions of Europe and North America. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus.

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VPM 186

Introduction to Music Technology

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to Music Technology enables students to make their own music using music sequencing software. The course teaches basic MIDI and audio recording, editing, effects processing, and mixing. The class also covers the history of popular music from the perspective of production. Students will work on their own music projects, as well as weekly assignments that demonstrate competency in using the software. No previous music experience is necessary.

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VPM 231

Piano Workshop

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of the piano in a class setting, and is intended for beginning students. Students will learn about reading music, basic chords, piano technique, and both individual and ensemble performance. Students will use digital pianos with headphones for individualized instruction. The course culminates with a performance for the college community.

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VPM 240

Music Theory

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This class is a continuation of VPM 180 - Creating Music, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn traditional harmonic language in depth through weekly assignments and independent projects. Students will use standard notation and electronic technology.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or Consent of Instructor.

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VPM 243

Hear Her Voice! Women Music Makers, Religion and Spirituality

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Hear Her Voice! - Women Music Makers, Religion, and Spirituality examines the ways in which women have used music to express their religious conviction and spirituality in Christian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Native-American traditions. Female musicians, dancers, and composers have contributed to sacred musical practices across the globe. This course illuminates those practices and corresponding expressions of faith, rites, and traditions.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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VPM 244

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass is a study of the Mass through a musical lens. Between the 11th and 20th centuries European composers set the Mass to music for sacred services and secular public performances. Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass will illuminate key developments of the Mass and their corresponding musical expressions.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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VPM 246

Sound Recording Techniques

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Students will develop skills in multi-track recording techniques through the use of hands on, in class projects. Course content will focus on acoustics, recording equipment, editing, and mixing. Students will also develop their skills through hands on individual and group projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or instructor permission.

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VPM 247

Scoring for Video

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

Students will develop skills in synchronizing music with video through hands on projects. Students will also learn how to underscore to capture the action of a visual imagery. Course content will focus on the functions of film music as well as the history of soundtracks.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or consent of the instructor.

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VPM 331

Advanced Piano Workshop

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This workshop is a continuation of VPM 231 - Piano Workshop , and is designed for students with a strong piano background. Intermediate to advanced repertory will be tailored to individual needs. Students will play solo and ensemble pieces in several public performances during the semester.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 231 or consent of the Instructor.

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VPM 341

Composition: Songwriting

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

In this course the student will learn how to write descriptive lyrics. The student will learn how to apply rhythm to these lyrics, and construct an effective melody. The student will also learn how to add harmony to melodies. The course will investigate a number of effective songs from a variety of sources.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or consent of the instructor.

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VPM 450

Capstone in Music

Offered: Fall or Spring Semesters

This Capstone course draws together principle components of undergraduate study in a semester-long research or creative project designed to demonstrate students' skills, abilities and talents. The project may connect two fields of study or emphasize a particular field not formerly studied. Specific topic will vary by course.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and Consent of Instructor.

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