Music & Audio Engineering

A Masterful Composition

Music, first and foremost, is a calling, yet it can also make for an immensely satisfying and rewarding career. Our program couples general academic instruction with a wide array of music courses, including theory, composition, voice and ear training, and immersion in specific instruments and musical genres. A music degree will prepare you for study in a baccalaureate-level music program – including a bachelor of music education, if teaching is your goal. You could go on to be a music director or a great performer. No matter the size of your dream, we’ll help you go after it.

At San Jac, students develop and refine their skills in small classes taught by creative and accomplished instructors, who are active professionally as performers in the Houston area. We offer quality training in musical study with an Associate of Arts degree and one of the state's most successful and comprehensive transfer programs.

The music department at San Jac regularly produces graduates who are sought after by universities for both their performance and technical skills. Students and faculty perform regularly in recitals, and concerts, and guest artists perform and present workshops on campus frequently.

The internationally renowned Monday Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at New York's Carnegie Hall. Academic credit is awarded for all performance ensembles. The music department maintains an annual series of outstanding performances, clinics, seminars, master classes, and festivals throughout the year.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Music seeks to foster passion for the study, performance, and recording of music as a dynamic art form, discipline and avenue of personal expression. We are committed to engaging students in the music major program of study, the audio engineering program, private lesson instruction and musical enrichment for the general student. We will respect and nurture our students' individual talents while guaranteeing them our professional support during their study at our institution. Our success is evidenced by students transferring to professional music schools or senior institutions, placement in professional positions within educational systems, churches and the recording industry. An appreciation of the value of music is further evident by their continued participation and support of the arts.

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Private Music Lessons are offered in piano, organ, voice, percussion, guitar, clarinet, and all orchestral and wind instruments. In addition, class piano, class voice, and class guitar are offered. Private lessons are available to both music majors and enrolled students.

Auditions and Scholarships

Upcoming Scholarship Dates

  • Friday May 2, 3:00 pm
  • Saturday June 7, 10:00 am
  • Saturday August 2, 10:00 am

For more information, students may email Geneva Fort at geneva.fort@sjcd.edu, call 281-476-1832, or see the front desk of the Monte Blue Music Building.

Scholarship Requirements

Music students who have been awarded scholarships must enroll in 9 hours of coursework minimum, maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, manage at least a grade of “C” in all classes at SJCC, and attend all rehearsals and performances of all ensembles in which they are enrolled.  Students must abide by the specific conditions of their scholarship agreement as well. Other scholarships have varying requirements regarding academic standards; please make sure you are aware of the criteria. Failure to maintain the above conditions of the scholarship will result in loss of the scholarship agreement. The student will be required to refund the scholarship to the SJCC Music Department. Music majors on scholarship must also participate in one ensemble and one private lesson in each student’s field for a minimum of four semesters.

Piano majors – recommendation of the piano faculty

Composition majors – recommendation of the composition faculty

All incoming freshman students (and those transferring from other majors or schools who have had no coursework in music theory) must take a placement exam that tests for the following rudimentary skills: ability to read and write music in treble and bass clefs; intervals (number and quality); major and minor scales; major and minor key signatures; triad qualities; rhythmic notation; meter signs. These tests are typically administered at the time of scholarship auditions but may be taken at other times. (See the front desk of the Monte Blue Music Building for details). Students lacking sufficient background in music theory are required to take MUSI 1301 (Music Fundamentals) before being admitted to the core theory curriculum. Students achieving a satisfactory score on the exam will be placed directly into Theory I and Sight-Singing and Ear-Training I.

NOTE: SJCC offers Theory I and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training I in both the Fall and Spring semesters. This allows students enrolled in MUSI 1301 during the Fall semester to enroll for these courses in the Spring and continue with Theory II and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training II in the summer semester so that they may keep on task toward a two-year degree plan.

Students who have coursework or other experience in music theory may elect to take placement exams at higher levels of music theory to evaluate their skill level before enrolling in music theory courses. Placement exams are administered during most audition days.

It is strongly recommended that students take four semesters of class piano or private piano. Nearly every four-year music school requires four semesters of piano study (or the ability to test out with a piano proficiency requirement exam) to acquire a Bachelor’s degree. At the conclusion of each semester at a four-year school, students will be required to pass a piano jury or barrier exam. Many major universities will require incoming students to take a piano audition in addition to their major instrument. Students may sign up for class piano or private lessons for each of the four semesters. It is highly suggested that students concurrently enroll in class piano, music theory, and ear-training courses of the same level each semester (e.g. Class Piano I, Music Theory I, and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training I).

NOTE: Students pursuing an Audio Engineering degree will only need to successfully complete one semester of class piano.

Music Facilities

The Blue Music Building, located on the northeast part of Central Campus, is a diverse and modern facility with many resources for both the music and audio student. The building features a 200-seat concert hall, 12 teaching studios, 3 rehearsal spaces, piano lab, computer lab, 12 practice rooms, classrooms, and music library. The building is also home to 28 pianos: 5 grands and 23 uprights. The grand pianos are a Steinway model D, 3 Steinway model L’s, and a Young Chang. The uprights are a variety of Steinway, Boston, Yamaha, and Young Chang.

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The Music Library can be found in the Monte Blue Music Building. For access or checking out material, please see the administrative assistant or worker assistants at the front desk of the music building. The library contains, books, scores, CD’s, and vinyl recordings for faculty and student use.

“A” Recording Studio:  C-16.126

Tucked away in the Ball Tech Building, Studio A is the flagship of the San Jacinto College Audio Engineering program.  Designed by Russ Berger, the studio features a state-of-the-art control room, tracking room and drum room.  At the heart of the control room is a 40-channel Solid State Logic SL4000 G+ console with Total Recall and Ultimation.  The primary recording medium is a Pro Tools HDX system with three HD I/O’s, providing 48 dedicated inputs and outputs.  Students working in the studio have at their disposal a well-equipped microphone cabinet, three racks of outboard gear, as well as a studio drum kit, Steinway piano, and Hammond organ.

“B” Recording Studio:  C-15.236b

Primarily used for mixing, Studio B features a digidesign Control 24 and a Pro Tools HDX system with 16 inputs and outputs.  Conveniently located adjacent to the MIDI lab in the Davison Tech Building, the studio is available to students in upper-level audio engineering and MIDI classes.

Computer Lab: C-5.152

The computer lab, located in the Monte Blue Music Building features 12 workstations, each with an iMac computer and MIDI synthesizer.  The lab serves as a study space for SJCC music students as well. 

Computer Lab Hours 7:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri

MIDI Lab: C-15.236

The MIDI lab, located in the Davison Tech Building, features 13 digital audio workstations, each with an iMac, Pro Tools 10, Reason 7, MBox 2, and Oxygen controller keyboard.  All MIDI classes are held in the lab, which doubles as a classroom.

Practice Rooms: C-5.123a-l

The Monte Blue Music Building features a suite of 12 practice rooms located in the southwest corridor of the facility. Ten of the rooms feature pianos, one an organ, and another for percussion. The practice rooms are open the same hours as the music building itself.

Piano Lab: C-5.154

The Piano lab, located in the Music Building, features 15 Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos, Keynote Visualizer, and headsets which allow the instructor to work with each student individually throughout the piano class.

Small Ensemble Room: C-5.122

The Small Ensemble Room in the Monte Blue Music Building is used by several of our small instrumental ensembles for rehearsals such as woodwind ensemble, string quartet, and jazz combo throughout the year. It also features both an organ and harpsichord. The 2002 Harpsichord is a French double in the style of Austrian born Benoist Stehlin (1732-1774), a builder in the golden era of French harpsichord manufacturing.   It contains two 8 foot stops, a four foot stop, a buff stop, and 61 notes, transposing.  The harpsichord was purchased through the Harpsichord Clearing House in Rehoboth, Massachusetts with funds from the San Jacinto College Discretionary Budget of 2009. It was built in 2002 by Paul Kennedy of Danville, Indiana who has been designing harpsichords since 1959.

Jan Corbin Recital Hall: C-5.151

Corbin Recital Hall is the primary performance venue for the SJCC music department. It is located in the Monte Blue Music Building and seats just over 200. Concerts, recitals, and other events are held here throughout the semester featuring performances by SJCC students and faculty as well as other featured artists. The recital hall is also home to the department’s Steinway model D concert grand piano.

Music Organizations

The Music and Audio Engineering Department is currently home to three student organizations:

Orpheus - San Jacinto College Central Composer's SocietyOrpheus

Orpheus is dedicated to the promotions and performance of contemporary chamber music composed by students of SJCC. Under the direction of Professor Joseph Schenck, students present several concerts a year, both on and off of campus, and attend concerts throughout the Houston area at the major universities and performance companies as a group.

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Audio Engineering Organization at San Jacinto College CentralAudio Engineering Organization (AEO)

The Audio Engineering Organization is dedicated to providing audio engineering majors hands-on experience outside of the classroom.  Students in the AEO provide live sound reinforcement and recording services to concerts, recitals and other live events– both on and off campus.

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San Jacinto College Central Steel Drum BandSan Jacinto College Central Steel Band

The San Jacinto College Central Steel Band performs on traditional Trinidadian steel drums and is open to all SJC students.  To join, register for MUEN 1131.102 (Small Instrumental Ensemble) with Michael Mizma.  The steel drum band performs for events on and off campus several times a semester and frequently commissions new works by guest composers.

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Ensembles & Private Lessons

Students will have many opportunities to perform in both large and small ensembles, and there are requirements for each that vary from degree to degree. It is important that you experience performing in a variety of ensembles, but you must also be careful to limit the number of ensembles so that you have time for your individual practice. Normally, a student may not participate in more than two ensembles. Students may participate in more than two ensembles only with permission of their advisor and the Department Chair.  Students must be registered in a SJCC ensemble unless they have permission from the director to perform with that ensemble.

MUEN 1141 College Choir:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. College choir performs many styles of sacred and secular literature. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

MUEN 1143 Concert Choir:  Membership is open to students, faculty, and community members. This group will perform major multi-movment works from the standard choral repertory with orchestral accompaniment. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

MUEN 1154 Small Vocal Ensemble (1154.101 Men’s Chorus / 1154.102 Women’s Chorus): Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. These groups perform serious and entertaining music throughout the semester. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Paul Busselberg.

Students will have many opportunities to perform in both large and small ensembles, and there are requirements for each that vary from degree to degree. It is important that you experience performing in a variety of ensembles, but you must also be careful to limit the number of ensembles so that you have time for your individual practice. Normally, a student may not participate in more than two ensembles. Students may participate in more than two ensembles only with permission of their advisor and the Department Chair.  Students must be registered in a SJCC ensemble unless they have permission from the director to perform with that ensemble.

MUEN 1131 Small Instrumental Ensemble (1131.101 Woodwind Chamber / 1131.101 Jazz Combo / 1131.102 Steel Drum Band / 1131.103 Brass Choir / 1131.105 Enigma- Contemporary Music Ensemble):  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments in the Small Instrumental Ensemble may vary from semester to semester. The Small Instrumental Ensemble meets three laboratory hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. This course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) 1131.101 Directed by Professor Jeffrey Adams; 1131.102 Directed by Professor Michael Mizma; 1131.103 Directed by Dr. Karen Marston; 1131.105 Directed by Professor Lindsey Baggett.

MUEN 1121 SJCC String Orchestra:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments may include all orchestra instruments. The Instrumental Ensemble meets three laboratory hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. Course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by: Professor Lindsey Baggett.

MUEN 1122 Concert Band:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of the audition and/or conference. Performance literature represents many styles of music. Concert band meets three hours per week, with special rehearsals called as needed. Course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by: Dr. Karen Marston.

MUEN 1124 Wind Ensemble:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of the audition and/or conference. Performance literature represents many styles of music, making Wind Ensemble interesting and enjoyable. The Wind Ensemble meets three hours per week, with special rehearsals called as needed. This course may be repeated a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Dr. Karen Marston.

MUEN 1125 Jazz Ensemble:  Membership is open to all students on the basis of audition and/or conference. Instruments in the Jazz Ensemble include trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Performance literature represents many styles of music; big band jazz, swing, Latin jazz, and jazz/rock. The Jazz Ensemble meets three hours per week with special rehearsals called as needed. Course may be taken a maximum of six times for credit. (1:0-3) Directed by Professor Jeffrey Adams.

PianoPrivate lessons in music are courses like any other. There is a tuition cost, a lab fee, homework, a jury, and a grade for each semester studied. To register for a private lesson, contact the Department Chair or the front desk of the Monte Blue Music Building for the correct MUAP (MUSI for composition) number and CRN.

Private lessons are offered in piano, organ, voice, composition, woodwinds, brass, guitar, bass, and percussion. In addition, class piano, class voice, and class guitar are also offered. Private lessons are available to both music majors and general students.

Scheduling lessons: All students registered for a MUAP course must leave a class schedule with their applied teacher by the second day of the semester. Lesson times will be posted on the instructor’s door.  All lessons will begin the first full week of classes. Please check with your applied instructor for additional information. Your private lesson teacher will give a first day handout to explain their attendance policy and other requirements for the course.

Secondary Applied Lessons

GuitarSJCOccasionally music majors may take applied lessons on secondary instruments. These must be 1-credit (30 minute) lessons and the student must receive permission from the Department Chair as well as the applied instructor before enrolling.

 

Labs / Master Classes

Music Majors may be required to attend performance labs or master classes. There are currently labs for Voice, Instrumentalists, and Composition. Students should meet with their primary private lesson instructor regarding these times. Labs and Master Classes offer the chance to perform in front of students and faculty for critiques and to work with an accompanist.  Please also refer to your instructor’s first day handout to determine the requirements for your lesson.

Music Camps

Summer Music Camps

 

The San Jacinto College Central Department of Music is offering camps this summer in choir, strings, piano and brass. Please check out our Summer Camps pages for more information!

All-State Choir Camp

Strings Camp

Piano Camps

Brass Chamber Music Camp

Young Artist Competition