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Welcome to the Desautels Faculty of Music!

Each fall, we invite high school students in grades 11 and 12 to learn about our faculty! Students experience a day-in-the-life of a music student, touring our facilities, attending courses and rehearsals, and meeting with our faculty members and students!

Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting our 2020 Open House online. The online format is designed to reduce screen fatigue, with sessions spread out over several days. This format also gives students the opportunity to visit more classes, meet with more instructors, and get a comprehensive look at the faculty! Students can choose which sessions they would like to attend based on their interests.

Schedule

Saturday, November 7, 2020: Welcome to the Desautels Faculty of Music!

Get all of the information you need to successfully join our faculty.

9:30am - Application, Audition and Awards

This session will guide you through the application and audition processes for entry to undergraduate music program. It will also include a brief look at award opportunities for entering students. Presented by Louella Yambot, Admissions Coordinator & Recruitment Lead.

10:30am - Theory Entrance Exam Prep Course (TEEP)

This session provides information about the TEEP course and how to register for upcoming sessions. As a requirement for admissions to the music program, the TEEP course prepares prospective students for their written theory entrance exam. Presented by Donnalynn Grill, Prep Studies Coordinator.

11:30am - First-Year Registration

This session provides an overview of the courses to register for during your first year in the music program. It will also includes a brief look at the different music concentrations you can pursue for your degree.  Presented by Jennifer Wang, Student Advisor.

12:30pm - Student experience

This session will introduce to you members of the Faculty of Music Student Association (FMSA), and hear their stories about their student experience at the DFOM. Presented by FMSA representatives. 

November 9-13, 2020: Q+As with our professors and instructors

Meet with members of our faculty to learn more about our programs and courses.

Monday, November 9, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Composition

Meet composition area head Gordon Fitzell, and learn about the incredible music our students compose and perform!

Monday, November 9, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) - Piano

Meet professor and piano area head David Moroz, and learn about how our piano students brings life to music as a soloist or accompanist.

Monday, November 9, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) -Jazz Woodwinds

Meet jazz saxophonist and jazz composition professor Jon Gordon, and learn about how our students bring jazz to life!

Monday, November 9, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) - Musicology

Meet Associate Professor and musicologist James Maiello, and learn about how musicologists shine a light on the history and future of music, and how they help us gain a deeper understanding of how music is inspired by the world around us, and how it, in turn, inspires others.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Jazz Vocals

Meet jazz vocalist and jazz techniques instructor Karly Epp, and learn about how our jazz vocalists wow audiences.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Jazz Bass

Meet jazz bassist and assistant professor Karl Kohut, and learn about how our jazz bassists ignite the soul of jazz ensembles.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Percussion

Meet percussion instructor and percussion area head Victoria Sparks, and learn about how our percussionists breathe life and rhythm into music.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) - Music Education

Meet assistant professor and Music Education area head Jody Stark, and learn about how our students become music educators. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Piano and Musicianship Skills

All of our students take Musicianship Skills to give them confidence in using the piano as a tool for composition, performance, and understanding scores. Meet our Musicianship Skills Instructor Darryl Friesen, who is also an MPS instructor for solo piano, to learn how broadening your music reading and listening skills can make you a better musician!

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Strings

Meet associate professor of strings Minna Rose Chung, and learn about the beauty our strings students inject into symphonies and chamber ensembles.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Woodwinds

Meet associate professor and woodwinds area head Allen Harrington, and learn about how our diverse woodwinds students bring music to life.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Jazz Piano

Meet associate professor and jazz area head Will Bonness, and learn about how jazz piano students stitch together our jazz ensembles.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) - Composition

Meet composition professor Örjan Sandred, and learn about the incredible music our students compose and perform!

Friday, November 13, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Voice

Meet professor and voice area head Mel Braun, and learn about the incredible opportunities and careers our voice students have.

Friday, November 13, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Jazz Drums

Meet assistant professor of jazz drum set and small jazz ensembles director Fabio Ragnelli, and learn about how our jazz drum students provide the heartbeat of every jazz ensemble.

Friday, November 13, 2020 (12:00-1:00pm) - Jazz Guitar

Meet Instructor of jazz guitar and small jazz ensembles director Larry Roy, and learn about how jazz guitar provides soul for jazz ensembles.

November 17-20, 2020: Join the class!

Sit in on Desautels Faculty of Music courses to get an idea about the diverse topics, ideas, and skills our students learn!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (9:30-10:20am)- Musicianship 1

A practical approach to the cultivation of critical aural perception, specifically, to develop the student's sight-singing, transcription and keyboard skills.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (10:00-11:15am)- Jazz Composition and Arranging

A study of the fundamentals of part writing such as instrumental range and transposition, various styles of unison writing, simple harmonic writing, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic devices along with standard and non-standard song structures. Course will culminate in a recital of student compositions and arrangements.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (1:00pm-2:30pm) - Violin & Viola Masterclass

Masterclasses are considered one of the best forms of musical instruction. They provide ample opportunity to interact with accomplished performers, conductors and composers.

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (2:30-3:45pm)- Jazz Rhythm Performance Techniques

A practical approach to rhythmic proficiency in jazz, including emphasis on rhythmic and harmonic etudes, standard song form interpretation, interaction, call and response language for jazz performance.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (9:30-10:20am)- Jazz Theory 1

This course is designed to develop fluency in the writing and recognition of the elements of jazz: melodic and harmonic intervals, modes and scales, rhythm and meter, harmonic structure, and the principles of melodic and homophonic design.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (11:30am-12:20pm) - Intro to Music Teaching and Learning

This course provides an introduction to philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives relevant to music teaching and learning, including reflective practice, development of music teacher identity, and critical analysis of pedagogical principles.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 (9:00-9:45am)- Percussion Methods

Class instruction in percussion instruments. Development of basic playing techniques and examination of materials and procedures for individual and group instruction.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 (2:00-3:30pm)- Cello masterclass and studio class

Master classes are considered one of the best forms of musical instruction. They provide ample opportunity to interact with accomplished performers, conductors and composers.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 (3:30-5:00pm)- Voice masterclass

Masterclasses are considered one of the best forms of musical instruction. They provide ample opportunity to interact with accomplished performers, conductors and composers.

Friday, November 20, 2020 (9:30-10:20am)- Music Theory 1

This course is designed to develop fluency in the writing and recognition of the elements of music: melodic and harmonic intervals, modes and scales, rhythm and metre, triads and inversions, and the principles of melodic and homophonic design, taught by Assistant Professor Rebecca Simpson-Litke.

Friday, November 20, 2020 (2:30-4:30pm)- Percussion Masterclass

Master classes are considered one of the best forms of musical instruction. They provide ample opportunity to interact with accomplished performers, conductors and composers.

Friday, November 20, 2020 (2:30-4:30pm)- Jazz Masterclass

Master classes are considered one of the best forms of musical instruction. They provide ample opportunity to interact with accomplished performers, conductors and composers.

 

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