Course of Study (Private Lessons and Studio Class)
• One hour private lesson per week
• Regular studio classes
• Recital Performance every semester
• Jury performance for faculty at the end of the semester
• Please check out the study and performance materials which are found on the web site (look on the specific studio page)
• The scale and arpeggio requirements are also found on the web site or by clicking here
Students should allot about two hours per day to master assigned material. Practice time should focus on:
Warm-up and daily routine; scales and arpeggios; lyrical etudes; technical studies, articulation, and solo/ensemble repertoire. There are many new, well-equipped practice rooms in the Carr EFA Building.
• Wind Ensemble: The premiere concert ensemble on campus, performing the finest music written for winds.
Entrance by audition.
• Symphonic Band: Performing group consisting of majors and non-majors. Repertoire performed is intended to provide a variety of performance opportunities to members. No audition required for membership.
• Ram Marching Band: The largest performing ensemble on campus. The Ram Band provides energy and outstanding music and marching performances at all home and selected out-of-town football games as well as at concerts, rallies, and other events. Membership is open to all students.
• Basketball Band: A select group of 15-20 performers provides music at Men's and Women's Basketball games and other designated athletic functions.
• Jazz Ensemble: Performs big band and combo music from all eras. Membership is open to all interested musicians.
• Pit Orchestra: Perform for the Musicals produced by the Drama and Music Departments. By recommendation of studio teachers.
• Brass Choir: Performs the best brass literature from the 16th through the 20th centuries in some of the most appealing venues in San Angelo and the surrounding Concho Valley. This ensemble is open to both major and non-major brass players.
• Brass Chamber Ensembles: From Brass Quintet to Trumpet and Horn Ensembles, the opportunity to play chamber music for brass is an important part of learning the repertoire for one's instrument. Open to all qualified players.
Plan on budgeting for music, recordings, or equipment/accessories as you would any other class. Students are expected to purchase (NOT copy) their own music and recordings; photocopies of published music is not acceptable—nor legal. Prepare accordingly.
Most students own their own instrument. This is a large investment, but is vital to any performing musician to play on a professional-level instrument. Other top-quality accessories are crucial as well. Every student should have a good mouthpiece, mutes, tuner, metronome, stands, etc. Be sure to take these items into account as you map out your school finances.
Students will also need to pay accompanying fees for recital/jury performances. Rates vary, but an average amount for a student recital performance is approximately $50. Accompanist rates for a full recital (such as a Senior Recital) can be in the $150-200 range.
ASU has excellent financial aid. Check out the Music Department's scholarship web site for more information: http://www.angelo.edu/dept/artmusic/musicscholarships.html
• Performing Arts Scholarships: These range from $2,000-6,000 per year for music majors only. They are renewable for a maximum of four years. Priority will be given to students who have qualified for Area or All-State Honor Ensembles. Other students may be eligible based on academic and performance qualifications.
• ASU FAME Scholarships: Funded by the Friends of Art and Music Education and are available for students who wish to major in music. THE ASU FAME Board of Directors grants scholarship awards of $500-1,500 a year. These scholarships, based on set criteria, are renewable.
• ASU Band Scholarships: Available to any musically talented student, regardless of major, who wishes to participate in the band programs at ASU. These scholarships, awarded by the Director of Bands, range from $300-800 a year and may be renewed annually. Students must be admitted to ASU in order to apply for this scholarship.
• ASU Piano Scholarships: Piano scholarships are awarded to talented incoming freshmen who will pursue a degree in music as a vocal or piano major. Students must be admitted to ASU in order to apply for this scholarship. Awards range from $200-1,000 annually and may be renewed for up to four years.
• ASU Jazz Band Scholarships: Available to qualified students (music majors or non-majors).
We are now in a 12,000 sq. ft. addition to our facility, which added new rehearsal, studio, and practice space. The Carr Recital Hall has recently been renovated (September, 2007) to a state-of-the-art performance and recording space. The University is in the process of adding new dormitories; the newly-renovated University Center (which houses a food court, bookstore, post office, credit union, and many student activities) is only steps away from the Music Building; our new all-purpose arena is one of the finest on any campus.
In view of all this exciting progress and growth, we can still boast one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in the state. Every music major here at ASU studies with a Professor—an opportunity many larger schools can’t offer.
Music at ASU
Many performance opportunities are available for ASU students. Recitals are frequently given by faculty, students, as well as guest artists. We have brought in many of the best brass players in the country to perform with and mentor our students. Previously, we have sponsored members of the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Houston. Recently, members of the studio were featured in concert with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra performing the orchestral masterpiece, The Pines of Rome. Former students have found meaningful employment in the music field as educators, in retail, and as professional performers—one even earned a Grammy at the 2008 Awards Presentation!