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Instrumental music is the newest part of the musical life of Methodist University. We are currently developing an instrumental heritage at Methodist; one which will strive to perform on campus and throughout the region and state. Ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. A person's level of involvement is dependent upon one's interest, time, and instrumental/musical maturity.
One unique aspect of the MU Instrumental Music Program is that emphasis is placed not only on performance, but also on the development of students' musical literacy. We don't just talk and wish we could become better musicians - we do something about it. The statement you will hear frequently is "learning the notes and rhythm is only the first step; finding the music within the notes and rhythm is the ultimate goal." If you have a desire to improve your musicianship, your instrumental skills, and experience some of the finest instrumental music ever written, then Methodist is the right university for you!
Concert Band - MUS 348-349 (Mondays: 7:30-9:00 PM) Directed by
This ensemble plays a variety of concert band/wind band literature from throughout the 20th century. The band will perform at least two concerts and the MU Graduation ceremony each term. This group is available for credit, and each semester enrolled fulfills one (1) credit toward the MU Arts and Humanities requirements.
Marching Band: (Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM) Directed by
This ensemble will begin its inaugural season in the Fall of 2009. We are already beginning the organizational process associated with starting a marching band. Incoming students in 2008 will have an integral part in the evolution of this ensemble; including uniform design, drill writing, equipment acquisition, and just about everything else associated with the inception of a marching band. This is an exciting new ensemble for Methodist. The formation of a marching program will give terrific insight into program development to any perspective Music Education major. Additional scholarships will be available for individuals participating in this ensemble.
Pep Band (Thursdays: 6:00-8:30 PM as needed). Directed by
This ensemble is primarily a rally band for MU athletic events. The pep band will play at several basketball games during both the fall and spring terms. In addition, the Pep-Band performs at MU pep-rallies, as well as other on-campus athletic related events.
Guitar Ensemble, MUS 326-327: (times TBA) Directed by
This ensemble consists of both music majors and non-majors with an affinity for the guitar. The Guitar Ensemble plays a wide variety of literature, including classical and pop tunes. The Guitar Ensemble will play at least two concerts each term…with additional performance opportunities as they become available.
Chamber Ensemble(s) - MUS 390-391
These ensembles are created on an "as needed" basis. Chamber ensembles include brass quintet, woodwind quintet, string ensemble, and various other options. These groups are open to all qualified Methodist students- regardless of major. These ensembles are available for credit.
Participation scholarships are available to all students (regardless of major) who wish to play in one or more MU instrumental ensembles. Students will be awarded $250.00 for the first ensemble and $100.00 for each additional ensemble they participate in. Marching Band students will be granted a $1000.00 scholarship regardless of major. Pep-Band students will be awarded $500.00 for participation after marching season. Music Majors and Minors are eligible to compete for one of two $3000.00 departmental scholarships. Additional scholarship money may be awarded to exceptional students depending on the availability of scholarship funds.
MU students (regardless of major) are encouraged to enroll in private lessons. MU has qualified faculty members on all wind/brass/percussion instruments as well as piano and guitar.
For more information
Dr. Larry E. Wells
Mr. Charles Dumas