WIND & PERCUSSION STUDIES
The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, a Bachelor of Music degree with two areas of concentration, performance and music education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in music technology. The Bachelor of Arts degree is especially useful for students wanting to do a double major in a pre-professional course of study. A Minor in Music or Music Technology is also available. See Student Handbook.
The Department of Music at La Sierra University is committed to helping the serious music student develop a life-long engagement with music as performer, composer, and listener. By providing the essential tools for making and responding to music, it is the aim of the following student learning outcomes to create a “whole” musician with the requisite skills, experiences, and artistic sensibilities that have the potential to continually inform and transform the musical life during and after formal study.
Applicants for bachelor degrees in music must pass an entrance audition. Auditions should demonstrate the applicant’s musical and technical ability. Students who do not pass the entrance audition at the time of enrollment will not be eligible for Music Major in Good Standing status and will be placed on probationary status. Students will have two quarters in residence to pass the entrance audition. Any applied lessons taken before successfully completing the entrance exam must be taken at the 100 level. These 100 level lessons are not eligible for tuition waiver and cannot be applied towards the music major requirement. Students from the local area are expected to audition in person; others may submit a good quality video recording.
AUDITIONS FOR WIND & PERCUSSION
Dr. Ken Narducci, Director
1. Prepare two pieces of contrasting styles.
2. Major/minor scales.
3. Sight-reading required
Membership in University music groups is open to qualified students with the consent of the instructor. Courses may be repeated for additional credit. Some college-owned instruments are available for wind ensemble and orchestra. Purchase of concert attire is required for some ensembles.
Jazz Ensemble (MUPF 285B, 385B) David Brennan, D.M.A., director
Open to all players with an interest in jazz improvisation, including the development of the playing of small-group jazz. Jazz theory, styles, compositions and practice techniques are explored. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Big Band (MUPF 285D) Kenneth Narducci, D.M.A., conductor
A select group of La Sierra University’s best jazz musicians form this ensemble. Open to all students at the University. This ensemble performs each quarter in Hole Memorial Auditorium, and participates in numerous outreach projects throughout the year. Prerequisite: Audition
Wind Ensemble (MUPF 286, 386) Kenneth Narducci, D.M.A., conductor
Open to all qualified students by audition. The Wind Ensemble performs music from all periods and styles, with emphasis on significant wind music for small and large wind band. Prerequisite: Audition