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Music Department

SCC-Beatrice offers a wide range of musical experiences for students of all experience levels.
  • Private instruction in piano, voice, and strings gives students an opportunity to develop at their own pace.
  • Performing groups such as the SCC Choir and After the Storm (SCC’s select vocal ensemble) provide camaraderie and team building as you prepare music with other dedicated music students.
  • State-of-the-art music technology lab (complete with Musition, Auralia, Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, Sibelius) available to all music students.
  • Introductory courses that fulfill Humanities requirements at most 4-year colleges and universities: Introduction to Music (MusicAppreciation); Introduction to American Music; World Music; History of Rock Music (all are offered face-to-face as well as online)
  • Music Theory: Music Theory I, II, III and IV represent the first two years of college or university-level theory classes. Music Theory I is also offered in two separate individual study modules. All theory courses are offered face-to-face; Music Theory I is offered online, as well.)

All students are encouraged to participate in free Humanities Club activities on campus.

Dr. Jon Gruett: Choir, Voice, Theatre

Dr. Ken Hoppmann: Humanities Department Chair, Piano, Music History, Music Theory

Mrs. Karen Eisenhauer: Voice, Music History

Dr. David Kamran: Music History

Dr. Stacie Lightner: Music History

Katie Mersch: Voice, Music Theory

Dr. Aaron Stroessner: Guitar, Music History

Dr. Svetlana Yashirin: Music History, Music Theory

MUSC1010: Introduction to Music (Music Appreciation): 3.0 semester credit hours
Focuses on musical development of Western European classical music. Get to know some of the big names: Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin! **SCC CORE Course

MUSC2750: Introduction to American Music: 3.0 semester credit hours
Traces the fascinating development from the Colonial times to present. Includes pop, country, urban folk, jazz, as well as mainstream 20th century “classical” music.

MUSC2800: Introduction to World Music: 3.0 semester credit hours (Also meets Diversity requirements)
Fascinating and broadening, this course examines many different world cultures through the lens of their music. Includes music of India, the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Africa, as well as some aspects of Europe. See the world…or at least hear it! **SCC CORE Course

MUSC2870: History of Rock Music: 3.0 semester credit hours
Where did our popular music come from, and where is it headed? This course examines world-changing social and cultural developments through the lens of popular music.

MUSC1610: Music Theory I: 4.0 semester credit hours
This is exactly what you need! It will help you understand notation, rhythm, meter, scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, inversion and figured bass. You’ll also spend time working on sight singing, dictation and keyboard theory skills. Music Theory I content is also offered in two separate 2-credit individual instruction modules—MUSC1611 and MUSC1612.

MUSC1620: Music Theory II: 4.0 semester credit hours
How did composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods handle composition? You will focus on chord progressions, cadences, harmonization, and form and learn their time-honored methods!

MUSC1630: Music Theory III and MUSC1640: Music Theory IV: 4.0 semester credit hours
Continue working on advanced theory concepts such as secondary dominants, diminished sevenths, augmented sixths, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, and chromatic harmony.

Performance Courses: 1.0 semester credit hour each (courses may be repeated)

MUSC1410: College Choir

MUSC1430: After the Storm (select vocal ensemble)

MUSC1015: Individual Instruction in Voice (private lessons)

MUSC2520: Individual Instruction in Piano (private lessons)

MUSC2521: Individual Instruction in Strings (private lessons, including guitar)