Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments, BM

Offered in: Chicago

The purpose of the Orchestral Instrument Performance Programs at CCPA is to prepare students for careers as solo, chamber, and ensemble performers, and to routinize in students the habits consistent with success in the professional environment. The undergraduate program's objectives are to:

  • develop students' capabilities as performers, addressing technical proficiency, knowledge of history and practice specific to their instrument family, and broad awareness of musical styles and repertory;
  • develop students' musicianship through a comprehensive curriculum of written and aural skills, conducting, analysis, history, and literature;
  • train students to be effective musical collaborators through comprehensive experiences in large and small ensembles, performing music of all periods and genres (including new music and opera);
  • balance the focused music curriculum and support the student's intellectual interests with a wide choice of academic electives;
  • expose students to the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities of a music career.

Development of repertory and technique is assessed each year at juries, and at the recitals given in the junior and senior years. Jury and recital requirements are published in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook.

Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion.  

Grade requirements

C- is the minimum passing grade in the first three semesters of applied study (courses 211 through 213). At the completion of the second year of applied study, a student must receive a minimum grade of B- in Applied Music 214 to be admitted to the upper division. The grade of B- is the minimum passing grade in upper division applied study (courses 311 through 314).

Requirements

Major Area and Supportive Courses in Music
Major Instrument 211-214, 311-31432
Performance class for instrument area0 (eight semesters)
ENS 211LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE8
Small Ensemble (may incude 2 es.h. ENS 236 for qualified students)4-8
Students are assigned to chamber music ensembles at the discretion of the director and the program heads for up to eight semesters. A minimum of four semesters of ENS 306 CHAMBER MUSIC (WIND/BRASS) or ENS 308 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE is required for graduation.
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
MTA 305FORM AND ANALYSIS3
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUHL 337ORCHESTRAL LITERATURE3
MUHL 339CHAMBER MUSIC LITERATURE3
PERF 215ADVANCED STUDY OF RHYTHM/INTONATION2
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
MPE 330SENIOR SEMINAR IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY1
General Studies (see below)30
Total Credit Hours120

General Studies

ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Seven academic (non-music) courses21
Total Credit Hours30