Greetings from the Fine Arts Department!
Are you interested in doing something music-related this semester? Whether you are thinking of majoring or minoring in music, looking for lessons or an ensemble to participate in, or simply interested in fulfilling your Core Fine Arts requirement, we have something to offer you! Here’s an overview of what is available to you this Fall:
The Music program offers both a music major and a minor, but you don’t have to be degree-seeking to participate in ensembles, take private lessons, or classes. Each semester, full credit courses are offered in Performance, Music History and Music Theory for both the interested novice and more musically experienced student. Find more information about classes and majors.
Extra- and co-curricular activities
As someone who is interested in music, one question may have crossed your mind: How can I be musically involved at Loyola and earn credits at the same time?
The Music Program offers both vocal and instrumental ensembles, and private lessons, any of which are available to all Loyola students. Currently, all performing ensembles will be in full swing on campus for the upcoming Fall semester. We are remaining vigilant regarding the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus and will be taking steps to minimize aerosol dispersion in rehearsals as best we can. Some applied lessons will continue to be taught virtually, depending on the needs of the instructor. (More about lessons below.)
Ensemble-wise, we have two vocal (University Singers and Repertory Choir), and four instrumental (Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chamber Ensemble, and Steel Pan ensemble). The vocal, chamber, and jazz ensembles are auditioned; no previous experience is necessary to play in Steel Pan. You can get more information on the ensembles by following the ensembles links in the drop-down Music menu, or contact the following directors for ensemble details:
Ensembles can be taken for academic credit! One semester of an ensemble is 1.5 credits. Two semesters of an ensemble count as a 3-credit general elective for your course of study.
Private music lessons
Whether you’ve never played an instrument, and always wanted to learn, or have been studying privately for years, private applied lessons are available in voice and most string, wind, and percussion instruments. (Note: You will need to have access to an instrument to take lessons. If you don’t yet have one, our instructors can assist you in determining the best instrument for you.) All our applied faculty are professional performers on their respective instrument, and excellent teachers. There is an additional fee for taking one-on-one lessons: a 30-minute lesson is $300/semester; a 60-minute lesson is $600.
This semester, lesson location (on-campus or virtual) will be determined by the instructor.
Applied lessons can also be taken for academic credit: 1 credit/semester for a 30-minute lesson; 2 for a 60-minute lesson.