Programs of Study
The Fine Arts Music Department at South Plains College provides coursework and opportunities for all students, whether their interest in music is vocational or avocational. For non-music majors, Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306) or lesson/ensemble combinations (MUAP, MUEN) will fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts portion of the college’s general degree requirements.
For students majoring in music education or performance, the coursework offered at South Plains College corresponds with the first two years of the bachelors degree in Music at transfer universities. Applied areas of concentration include all wind instruments, percussion, piano, voice, classical guitar, and double bass.
Performance opportunities, including concerts and solo recitals, abound for majors and non-majors alike. The College’s Symphonic Band performs concerts on campus, provides entertainment for the Texans and Lady Texans home basketball games, and plays at commencement each spring. The Jazz Ensemble performs concerts on campus and travels to area high schools for recruiting purposes. Several chamber ensembles are formed each semester, as well. Students may wish to audition for honor bands, such as the Texas Community College All-State Symphonic or Jazz Bands, affiliated with TMEA, or the Community College All-Star Band, affiliated with IAJE. For information regarding the South Plains College band program, contact Gary Hudson at 894-9611, ext. 2262, firstname.lastname@example.org or John Kennedy at 894-9611, ext. 2508, email@example.com.
Similar opportunities exist for singers, through the Concert Choir and Choral Ensemble. Vocalists may also qualify to participate in competitions sponsored by the National Associaton of Teachers of Singing. For information regarding these groups, contact Debbie Gelber at 894-9611, ext. 2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available for eligible students participating in either Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, or Concert Choir. Additionally, endowed scholarships for music majors are awarded to selected students.