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The Music Department at Jefferson College has an excellent reputation for preparing musicians for study at four-year colleges, universities, and respected music conservatories across the country. Music courses from Jefferson College will apply toward the following degrees: Bachelor of Music Education (BME), Bachelor of Music (BM), or a Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Our music faculty includes renowned professional performers and educators from the St. Louis metro area, providing the highest quality applied lessons for all instruments and voice. Our music courses encompass the complete program students need for their music degree studies in addition to a broad spectrum of other courses. Music courses include: Music Theory, Aural Training, Music History, Conducting, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation, World Music, and History of Rock and Roll.
The study of music through performance is an integral part of the music program. Students regularly perform at music seminars, juries and recitals. Other opportunities for performance are offered through our music ensembles, including Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, Community Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Ensembles. Ensembles are open to anyone interested, including majors, non-majors, and community members.
With an emphasis in maintaining current trends and competencies in technology, the facilities in the Music Department offer two full computer labs with keyboards, including a state-of-the-art Mac lab with integrated recording suites. Students have unlimited access to the labs and utilize technology through composition projects in Music Theory courses.
Through our innovative PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment) series, music students regularly interact and perform with visiting artists from across the globe. Various artists, including several Grammy Award recipients, have visited Jefferson College to perform and give master classes as part of the PACE series. These artists provide the students with real-life musical and performance perspectives, in addition to bringing incredible performances to the community of Jefferson County.