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Ferrum College Department of Music

About

Parts of this website are still under construction until July 1st 2019. If you have immediate questions about audition requirements for our BA in Music or other concerns please contact Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Department Chair directly at smontesinos@ferrum.edu.

Ferrum College offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to continue their musical lives after high school. These opportunities include music major and non-major studies in the following instruments: 

  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Harp
  • Voice
  • Appalachian Folk Instruments

Students that choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Music can focus on Music Business or Music Performance. You can read more about these programs under degrees and coursework.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Music Business

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Business is conceived within the context of the Ferrum College and School of Arts and Humanities missions. Furthermore, the goals of this degree program are to develop musicianship and artistic sensibilities alongside business and technical skills in order for graduates to secure employment within the multi-billion-dollar global music industry.

Graduates of our music business program will be equipped to work as promotional agents, marketing managers, business managers, artist representatives, booking agents, and publicity coordinators, among countless other roles within the music and entertainment industry. Internship opportunities for the Music Business program will include artist management agencies around the country, public relations agencies, concert venues, record labels among many other possibilities. 

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance is conceived within the context of the Ferrum College and School of Arts and Humanities missions. Furthermore, the goals of this degree program are to develop musicianship and artistic sensibilities alongside business and entrepreneurial skills to secure employment for our graduates within the multi-billion-dollar global music industry. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance will attain the necessary entrepreneurial skills to build careers as working musicians. Gaining employment as a professional musician in organizations such as orchestras and opera companies is competitive but not impossible. However, our program does not only focus on preparing students for full-time positions in professional ensembles but also teaching them how to market their talents and build careers as freelance musicians and teachers. Declaring a minor in a non-musical field is required to make music performance graduates more marketable after graduation. Music Performance students will be required to give a full recital at the end of their senior year. 

Music Minor

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Coursework

Bachelor of Arts in Music Business  

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music Business must also declare a minor.

Degree Specific Requirements

6 credits | Foreign Language (6 credits must be of the same language) 

3 credits  | ACC 201 Accounting I 

Liberal Arts Core

3 credits | ECO 202 Microeconomics

3 credits | MUS 358 Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods 

Required Music Courses

2 credits | MUS 105 Music Theory 1                                                       

2 credits | MUS 107 Music Theory II                                                          

1 credit | MUS 106 Aural Skills Lab I  (must be taken with MUS105)                       

1 credit | MUS 108 Aural Skills Lab II (must be taken with MUS107)   

1 credit | MUS 143 Class Piano I

1 credit | MUS 143 Class Piano II

6 credits | MUS 151-452 Applied music lessons in primary instrument or voice

8 credits | Music Ensemble: Band or Choir 

3 credits | MUS 359 Music in the Romantic and Modern Periods 

3 credits | MBU 201 Music Business I                                                            

3 credits | MBU 301 Music Business II                                                         

3 credits | MBU 499 Music Business Internship                                       

1 credit    |MBU 401 Advanced Topics in Music Business                             

Electives (choose one of the following)

3 credits | ART 222 Basic Computer Graphics

2 credits | BUS 303 Principles of Management

3 credits | BUS 311 Marketing 3

3 credits | BUS 320 Entrepreneurship 3

3 credits | COM 200 Strategies for Public Relations and Social Media

3 credits | COM 215 Multimedia Storytelling

3 credits | COM 223 Basic Audio and Recording

3 credits | ENG 310 Media Law and Ethics

3 credits | REC 450 Special Events Planning and Management

Total Hours Required in Major 38

Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance must declare a minor.

Degree Specific Requirements 

6 credits | Foreign Language (6 credits must be of the same language) 

Liberal Arts Requirements

3 credits | MUS 358 Music in the Baroque and Classical Periods 

Required Music Courses

2 credits | MUS 105 Music Theory 1                                                       

2 credits | MUS 107 Music Theory II                                                          

1 credit | MUS 106 Aural Skills Lab I  (must be taken with MUS105)                       

1 credit | MUS 108 Aural Skills Lab II (must be taken with MUS107)     

1 credit | MUS 143 Class Piano I

1 credit | MUS 143 Class Piano II

8 credits | MUS 151-452 Applied music lessons in primary instrument or voice

8 credits | Music Ensemble, Band or Choir 

3 credits | MUS 359 Music in the Romantic and Modern Periods 

1 credit | MUS 310 Introduction to Conducting                                           

2 credits | MUS 428 Foundations of Music Education                                   

1 credit | MUS 465 Senior Recital                                                                

6 credits | Music Electives

Total Hours Required in Major 37

Music Major Auditions 

Prospective students can audition to be a music major at Ferrum College in a variety of ways.

  • On campus during one of our open house events or off campus at selected college fairs or school visits 
  • On campus  at a scheduled time
  • By sending a recorded video audition and required materials to music@ferrum.edu

If the video file is too large to send, submissions can be sent via YouTube, Dropbox, GoogleDrive or iCloud or with any other cloud service. Videos must clearly show the candidate performing in good lighting and audio.

Audition Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music

Woodwinds and Brass:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth
    • Marching Band show music  and concert band music are acceptable as long as they demonstrate contrasting styles. You do not have to count through the rests. Playing with a metronome is acceptable.
  • Memorization and accompaniment are not required for the audition
  • Music Performance candidates must also prepare 2 major scales of their choice by memory

Percussion:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth

Piano:

  • Two contrasting selections, for example: one slow and one fast, that demonstrate preparation and potential for growth.
  • Music Performance candidates must also provide one letter of recommendation from their piano instructor.

Voice:

  • Two contrasting selections, one must be in a foreign language
  • Music Performance candidates must perform by memory.

Harp:

  • Prepared solo minimum of 3 minutes long that demonstrates preparation and potential for growth. Harp students must own their own instrument in order to study at Ferrum College. We currently do not have a school-owned harp. 
  • Music Performance candidates must provide a letter of recommendation from their harp instructor.

Appalachian Folk Instruments:

  • A solo chosen by the applicant that demonstrates musical dexterity in the instrument and potential for growth
  • Music Performance candidates music provide a resume listing performance and educational background in Appalachian Folk Instruments.

For specific questions about auditions please contact Dr. Sixto Montesinos at smontesinos@ferrum.edu 

Music Faculty

Dr. Sixto Montesinos, Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands,  Instructor of Woodwinds,  and Music Department Coordinator 

Adam McAlister, Affiliate Artist in Choral Conducting and Applied Voice 

SGM (R) Gregory Rock, Affiliate Artist in Brass and Early Music Specialist 

Dr. Aimé Sposato, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Music 

Gennaro Porcaro, Affiliate Artist in Harp 

Instrumental Ensembles

Ferrum College Bands

The Ferrum College Band Program is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy college students that have many time commitments and responsibilities but that love music and wish to continue playing after high school. The Ferrum College Bands rehearse on Monday nights from 6:45 to 8:00 PM, on Wednesdays nights from 7:00 to 8:00 PM and on Friday nights from 7:00 to 8:00. During football season the marching band rehearsals from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the stadium until early November. Friday night rehearsals end after basketball season in Mid-February.

Ferrum College Students must register  to receive college credit. In some instances it is acceptable to participate in the band program without registering for this course. However, that is at the discretion of the Director of Bands. The Marching Band and Color Guard are also open to students outside of Ferrum College. These students must turn in a special student form and pay a $200 participation fee.

Ferrum College students participating in receive a $1000 annual band grant to help cover tuition. To learn more about our band program please visit Ferrum.edu/band.

The Ferrum College Marching Band

The Ferrum College Marching Band is on its second year of existence and it’s the most rapidly growing organization on campus. It practices a drum corps style of marching. The Ferrum College Marching Band performs during pregame and halftime at all home football games and selected away games. It also participates in local parades like the Franklin County Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Roanoke. The marching band rehearses on Wednesdays and Friday nights during the fall season until early November. To join the Marching Band visit ferrum.edu/band. There is no audition requirement but students must have at least two years of high school marching band or color guard experience to join. For the full 2019 Fall football schedule visit Ferrum College Football. 

The Ferrum College Mountain Winds

The Ferrum College Mountain Winds is a community concert band established during spring of 2019 by Dr. Sixto Montesinos. It rehearses during the academic year on Monday nights from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM. The FCMW is open to anyone in the surrounding communities that plays a wind or percussion instrument. String instruments such as double bass or violins are welcome to join at the discretion of the conductor.

The FCMW performs 2 concerts per semester. The difficulty level of the music is moderate considering that students and community members may have limited time to practice based on their  busy professional or personal lives.

If you are a community member and would like to join us on Monday nights please email smontesinos@ferrum.edu. No audition is necessary at the moment but as the ensemble grows this may change.  There is also no age requirement. However, basic proficiency in a musical instrument and experience playing in concert band is expected to successfully perform the selected repertoire for concerts.

The Ferrum College Spirit Band

The Ferrum College Spirit Band performs at selected women and men basketball games from mid-November to mid-February. The Spirit Band only performs while school is in session and does not perform at basketball games during winter break. The basketball game schedule will be released fall of 2019.

The Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass

The Ferrum College Iron Mountain Brass is a brass ensemble comprised of Ferrum College brass students. It is also open to members of the community. The FCIMB performs Christmas carols during the fall for surrounding communities and also performs one feature concert in the spring. For more information on how to join this ensemble email Mr. Gregory Rock at grock@ferrum.edu

The Ferrum College Woodwind Ensemble

The Ferrum College Woodwind Ensemble is a an ensemble comprised of Ferrum College woodwind students. It performs Christmas carols during the holiday season and at selected school events during the spring semester.

 

 

 

Choral Ensembles

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Appalachian Folk Music Studies

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The Emily Swain Grousbeck Music Center

Ferrum College Department of Music | Copyright 2019 | Dr. Sixto F. Montesinos, Department Coordinator | music@ferrum.edu