Instrumental Music Ensembles, Certificate and Degree Programs
Check with individual directors for audition music and requirements. All Collin College
ensembles are "Lab required" courses, meaning, they meet for three contact (aka rehearsal) hours per
week and students earn one credit hour. Prerequisite for most ensembles is an Audition.
The Music field of study (FOS) provides approved courses for music majors who intend to transfer to a college or
university and further their musical studies. The curriculum offers the required music
theory, ear training, keyboard skills, music literature, private applied study and
ensemble participation that all music majors must complete during their freshman and
sophomore years. Upon completion of the field of study curriculum, a certificate will
be awarded to acknowledge completion and readiness to transition from an associate
level to a baccalaureate (BA/BS) level, at any Texas public institution.
The college is also home to several ensembles and musical groups, allowing you to
explore your abilities with other like-minded musicians in a comfortable setting.
College facilities even provide a venue to share your talent with the world.
A Field of Study is a set of courses that will transfer and apply to a corresponding
bachelor’s - level degree at a Texas college or university. Both the Field of Study
and the Core Curriculum courses are transferrable for full academic credit to any
public college or university in Texas. Students who complete the Field of Study block
of courses will earn a certificate in that Field of Study.
Did you know that you can also earn an AA or AS degree in addition to the Field of Study certificate? Contact us today to learn more about how to develop an educational plan that is right for you.
Major instrumental ensembles may include but are not limited to concert band, marching
band, collaborative piano, jazz band, and orchestra. Additionally, participation in
a large band concentrating on jazz and commercial music performance styles. Consisting
of 16-21 instrumentalists and one vocalist, the band performs both traditional and
contemporary jazz literature. A number of performances both on and off campus are
given each semester.
The Collin College Wind Symphony focuses on the study and performance of traditional
and contemporary symphonic wind band literature. The ensemble is open to all Collin
College students with performance experience in concert or marching band settings.
Basic instrumental proficiency is required. Students participate in weekly rehearsals
and perform on scheduled concerts. No audition is required to enroll in the course,
but the director will hear students individually for part assignments. Students are
encouraged to prepare a short solo or etude that demonstrates their strengths.
Performs experimental, avant garde, electronic, and contemporary music for mixed media
ensemble including compositions by student composers. No Audition required at this
Traditional piano literature for multiple performers and arrangements for electronic
keyboard ensemble. Several performances each semester.
A small ensemble (4-6) of musicians who serve as the rhythm selection for the Expressions
Vocal Jazz ensemble. In addition to rehearsing and performing with Expressions, the
combo also prepares its own arrangements and performs as an independent ensemble.
Typical repertoire includes bebop, Latin, and fusion standards. This ensemble may
have several performances each semester. This group may have an annual tour.
A small instrumental ensemble may include but are not limited to wind, string, percussion,
piano, and mixed ensembles in various styles. Students participate in weekly rehearsals
and perform on scheduled concerts. Basic instrumental proficiency is required.
A small group of guitarists performs traditional classical repertoire.
A small group of string players performs traditional classical repertoire.
Examples of small instrumental ensembles may include but are not limited to wind,
string, percussion, piano, and mixed ensembles in various styles. Additionally, participation
in a small jazz ensemble concentrating on jazz and commercial music performance styles.
Ensemble consists of 4-9 instrumental / vocal members. Repertoire includes instrumental
and vocal music typical of small jazz groups. A number of performances both on and
off campus are given each semester.
Participation in a rock ensemble concentrating on commercial music performance styles.
Prerequisite: Audition and consent of Associate Dean/Director.
Departmental Advising Contacts
Collin College Music and Field of Study, Voice and Opera • Prof. Casey L. Carter • email@example.com
Choirs, Theory, and General Music Advising • Prof. Kathy Morgan • firstname.lastname@example.org
Composition, Commercial Music Majors and Certificates • Dr. Chris Morgan • email@example.com
Frisco Campus Music Studies • Dr. Aaron West •firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar Studies and Field of Study Music Majors • Dr. Fernand Vera • email@example.com
Instrumental and Jazz Studies Advising • Dr. Alex Heitlinger • firstname.lastname@example.org
Keyboard Studies Advising • Dr. Brian Allision • email@example.com
McKinney Campus Music Studies • Dr. Kimberly Harris • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wylie Campus Music Studies • Dr. Olga Amelkina • email@example.com
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