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SPC Music of the Week

SPC Music of the Week features student/alumni music creations to promote internal and external awareness of the SPC Music programs.

This week’s featured student: Tyler Corbin, Abi Hettritch, Nathalie Lopez

Music Selection: Mr. Take It Slow

About the Work: Producer’s Perspective

The inspiration behind this project was to use what we learned so far from the MIRA program to make an already great song something truly unique. At the time of this project, Abi Hettritch had already been singing “Mr. Take It Slow” with the Inevitable. When she showed Nathalie and me the demo her band had previously recorded, I got really excited with all the ideas I had for the song. The upbeat, jazz-rock feel made me think of Panic! At The Disco songs like “Crazy = Genius” so we pulled inspiration from that and similar songs throughout the production process.

One of the best experiences with this project was exploring different angles to approach a song and seeing all the different results you could get from it. “Mr. Take It Slow” didn’t initially have a horn section or a sax solo written in. But our curiosity caused us to explore that avenue and it lead to a really great product! 

Impact of SPC Music

When I first joined MIRA, I was mostly curious about audio technology and sound engineering. But I quickly discovered that I have a true passion for the craft after getting the hands-on experience and learning from extremely talented and reputable teachers. I now own an audio company called Tampa Audio that specializes in live sound reinforcement and post-production mixing which I’ve been able to make my full-time job and apply everything I’ve learned from MIRA every day.

Tyler Corbin
Tyler Corbin

Study Music and Music Technology at SPC

Connect with our Music Department today! Complete the following survey questionnaire to learn more about our program and clarify your goals. You will receive a custom detailed email response with faculty, advising, and financial aid contacts, and guidance towards next steps. https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/30265

SPC Music MIRA Start Here

About Music at SPC

Music AA Transfer 

SPC’s Music and Music Education AA Transfer degrees (60 credits) are two-year programs that prepare students for transfer to University music programs in Performance, Music Education (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, General Music), and Music Therapy. Students earn Music State Common Perquisite credits in music lessons, music ensembles, music/aural theory, and student recital. Students also earn all 36 general education liberal arts credits.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS Degree 

SPC’s Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS degree (64 credits) is a two-year workforce program with technology focus. It prepares students to work as producers, audio engineers, composers/songwriters in the music industry. The core curriculum includes courses in digital audio workstations, live sound engineering, studio recording techniques, critical listening, legal issues in music, practical music business, and more.

Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate

SPC’s Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate (24 credits) is a financial aid eligible certificate that includes instruction in digital audio workstations, studio recording techniques, acoustics, live sound and professional audio production.  The stand-alone certificate prepares workforce internships and employment. The 24 credits also count towards the MIRA-AS degree.

Donation Opportunities

As a non-profit organization serving our community, charitable contributions are vital to our mission to educating students and engaging our community.  Your support makes performances, art shows, and concerts possible and provides invaluable experiences for our students.

Donations impact our music students by providing:
(1) Scholarships for bonus elective courses
(2) Loaner hardware/software kits to those in need
(3) Expansion of facilities

Those wishing to donate to SPC Music and SPC Humanities and Fine Arts should contact Department Chair Nathan Muehl muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

SPC Music of the Week

SPC Music of the Week features student/alumni music creations to promote internal and external awareness of the SPC Music programs.

This week’s featured student: Aidan Harvey

Music Selection: Animatronics

About the Work: Producer’s Perspective

The artist I worked with, Jonah Hollander of Miró, was truly 100% of the inspiration behind this project. I hadn’t worked with him before, but had seen him play at a few local bars in St Pete and took the opportunity to ask him to perform for my track. The song was written and performed by Miró, with Jonah on vocals and playing a few of the instruments featured in the track. The idea was to make the sound for this song almost ethereal in a surf rock style, with lots of reverb and effects on every instrument to achieve that overall sound. I wanted to make the song sound exactly right per Jonah’s vision for it, and I believe we were both happy with the results!

I hadn’t personally recorded or mixed a track that sounded like this one, so it was a great experience to get out of my comfort zone and work in a different genre of music. One of the greatest challenges here was using multiple effects on each track – we did a few fun things that I’d not done before, such as reversing a reverb track on the snare and hi-hat to create a unique, shimmery sound that really brought the song together. 

The best thing I learned in this project is to not give up on your vision. There’s always a way to create the sound you want, especially when you’re working with such talented artists, professors and fellow engineers. Use those connections to learn and grow, and work outside of your comfort zone. Try new things, if they don’t work how you want them to, try something else! Creative projects are always a process, and there’s always a resource available to help work things through, whether that be your professors, classmates, or searching online. 

Impact of SPC Music

I started in the MIRA-AS program a few months after moving to Florida from Scotland, so I didn’t know anyone in St Pete when I started the program. I quickly found a ton of like-minded, life-long friends in the program, and got to experience so many awesome things, like working live sound at the Palladium, volunteering with the MIRA Guild at live events around the Tampa Bay area, and helping out at the Gasparilla Music Festival. I gained so much experience in many different areas of music and music production, and in areas such as management and business too, which has helped in my current position. Being a part of the MIRA program really solidified my choice to move to Florida, and helped me transition to my new life here with new friends and incredible experiences. I chose the MIRA-AS program even though it wasn’t aligned with my career goals, because I’ve loved music and music production since I was young – I determined it was the best way for me to complete a degree program and still love every minute of it! 

Aidan Harvey

Study Music and Music Technology at SPC

Connect with our Music Department today! Complete the following survey questionnaire to learn more about our program and clarify your goals. You will receive a custom detailed email response with faculty, advising, and financial aid contacts, and guidance towards next steps. https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/30265

SPC Music MIRA Start Here

About Music at SPC

Music AA Transfer 

SPC’s Music and Music Education AA Transfer degrees (60 credits) are two-year programs that prepare students for transfer to University music programs in Performance, Music Education (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, General Music), and Music Therapy. Students earn Music State Common Perquisite credits in music lessons, music ensembles, music/aural theory, and student recital. Students also earn all 36 general education liberal arts credits.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS Degree 

SPC’s Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS degree (64 credits) is a two-year workforce program with technology focus. It prepares students to work as producers, audio engineers, composers/songwriters in the music industry. The core curriculum includes courses in digital audio workstations, live sound engineering, studio recording techniques, critical listening, legal issues in music, practical music business, and more.

Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate

SPC’s Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate (24 credits) is a financial aid eligible certificate that includes instruction in digital audio workstations, studio recording techniques, acoustics, live sound and professional audio production.  The stand-alone certificate prepares workforce internships and employment. The 24 credits also count towards the MIRA-AS degree.

Donation Opportunities

As a non-profit organization serving our community, charitable contributions are vital to our mission to educating students and engaging our community.  Your support makes performances, art shows, and concerts possible and provides invaluable experiences for our students.

Donations impact our music students by providing:
(1) Scholarships for bonus elective courses
(2) Loaner hardware/software kits to those in need
(3) Expansion of facilities

Those wishing to donate to SPC Music and SPC Humanities and Fine Arts should contact Department Chair Nathan Muehl muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

SPC Music of the Week

This week’s featured student: Maxwell Crespo

Music Selection: Better This Time

SPC Music of the Week features student/alumni music creations to promote internal and external awareness of the SPC Music programs.

About the Work: Producer’s Perspective

The inspiration came from just kind of jamming around. We found a vibe we liked and decided to record it. I believe we started with bass, drums and some guitar that I ended up cutting.
The biggest challenge was the original jam was over 20 minutes long and all over the place arrangement wise, so I had the painstaking task of editing it down to a four minute song while figuring out the arrangement on the fly.

Impact of SPC Music

The MIRA-AS program helped give me a solid foundation and allowed me to work and practice in a real studio. That experience, and all the time I spend in the studio, has made my professional career and life so much easier. All the little mistakes you make, troubleshooting, and just knowing how to act when working with artists has helped me tremendously 
The future is bright. I’m DJing at some of the smaller clubs in Tampa and St. Pete now, and I am playing a lot of my own music. In the future, I will play festivals, bigger clubs and tour. Be on the look out for KRSPO!

Maxwell Crespo
Maxwell Crespo

Study Music and Music Technology at SPC

Connect with our Music Department today! Complete the following survey questionnaire to learn more about our program and clarify your goals. You will receive a custom detailed email response with faculty, advising, and financial aid contacts, and guidance towards next steps. https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/30265

SPC Music MIRA Start Here

About Music at SPC

Music AA Transfer 

SPC’s Music and Music Education AA Transfer degrees (60 credits) are two-year programs that prepare students for transfer to University music programs in Performance, Music Education (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, General Music), and Music Therapy. Students earn Music State Common Perquisite credits in music lessons, music ensembles, music/aural theory, and student recital. Students also earn all 36 general education liberal arts credits.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS Degree 

SPC’s Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS degree (64 credits) is a two-year workforce program with technology focus. It prepares students to work as producers, audio engineers, composers/songwriters in the music industry. The core curriculum includes courses in digital audio workstations, live sound engineering, studio recording techniques, critical listening, legal issues in music, practical music business, and more.

Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate

SPC’s Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate (24 credits) is a financial aid eligible certificate that includes instruction in digital audio workstations, studio recording techniques, acoustics, live sound and professional audio production.  The stand-alone certificate prepares workforce internships and employment. The 24 credits also count towards the MIRA-AS degree.

Donation Opportunities

As a non-profit organization serving our community, charitable contributions are vital to our mission to educating students and engaging our community.  Your support makes performances, art shows, and concerts possible and provides invaluable experiences for our students.

Donations impact our music students by providing:
(1) Scholarships for bonus elective courses
(2) Loaner hardware/software kits to those in need
(3) Expansion of facilities

Those wishing to donate to SPC Music and SPC Humanities and Fine Arts should contact Department Chair Nathan Muehl muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

SPC Music of the Week

This week’s featured student: Carlos Reyes

Music Selection: Gypsy Funk

SPC Music of the Week features student/alumni music creations to promote internal and external awareness of the SPC Music programs.

About the Work: Producer’s Perspective

The track “Gypsy Funk” certainly was a fun and involved experience learning both recording and mixing techniques. The song was performed by the band The Adverse Elements and was written by Cameron Dorsey & Levi Foe. The different elements in the final version were a collaborative effort by Dorsey and myself.

I express my gratitude to both the students/project participants to the faculty and staff that have helped along the way.

Impact of SPC Music

SPC and the MIRA program has definitely made a thrilling impact on my life and my journey towards being a more focused producer/engineer. Since MIRA, I have worked with other talented artists and helped redefine how I approach new clients and handle myself when it comes to being a musician in a recording session. It pays to know how both sides of the chess board work. My main future goals are to create a studio facility of my own and spend time teaching and mentoring. I continue to be a mediator/craftsman in this industry. I love helping newcomers and seasoned pros get the most out of their sessions.

Carlos Reyes
Carlos Reyes

Study Music and Music Technology at SPC

Connect with our Music Department today! Complete the following survey questionnaire to learn more about our program and clarify your goals. You will receive a custom detailed email response with faculty, advising, and financial aid contacts, and guidance towards next steps. https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/30265

SPC Music MIRA Start Here

About Music at SPC

Music AA Transfer 

SPC’s Music and Music Education AA Transfer degrees (60 credits) are two-year programs that prepare students for transfer to University music programs in Performance, Music Education (Band, Chorus, Orchestra, General Music), and Music Therapy. Students earn Music State Common Perquisite credits in music lessons, music ensembles, music/aural theory, and student recital. Students also earn all 36 general education liberal arts credits.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS Degree 

SPC’s Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) AS degree (64 credits) is a two-year workforce program with technology focus. It prepares students to work as producers, audio engineers, composers/songwriters in the music industry. The core curriculum includes courses in digital audio workstations, live sound engineering, studio recording techniques, critical listening, legal issues in music, practical music business, and more.

Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate

SPC’s Audio Engineering and Production (AUDIOPE) Certificate (24 credits) is a financial aid eligible certificate that includes instruction in digital audio workstations, studio recording techniques, acoustics, live sound and professional audio production.  The stand-alone certificate prepares workforce internships and employment. The 24 credits also count towards the MIRA-AS degree.

Donation Opportunities

As a non-profit organization serving our community, charitable contributions are vital to our mission to educating students and engaging our community.  Your support makes performances, art shows and concerts possible and provides invaluable experiences for our students.

Donations impact our music students by providing:
(1) Scholarships for bonus elective courses
(2) Loaner hardware/software kits to those in need
(3) Expansion of facilities

Those wishing to donate to SPC Music and SPC Humanities and Fine Arts should contact Department Chair Nathan Muehl muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

Join Online Chorus at St. Petersburg College

Fall 2020

We are committed to offer our large ensemble with college credit for those who need it as a Music and Music Education Transfer students. We are also are creating an experience that is inviting to non-music major college students and community members wanting to make music and grow their talent.

This experience will involve three primary areas.

  1. Score Study and Conducting.
  2. Personalized Warm-up Routine
  3. Virtual Collage Choir Performances

Score Study

Score study involves learning a piece of music and how all parts interact.  We will guide you through how to look at a score from the standpoint of a conductor or ensemble leader.  As a conductor this is a must!  We will put our music theory knowledge to practical use, and you will get a chance to organize and present a score of your own choosing. This is particularly useful for our future music educators, as well as our performance majors that will undoubtedly lead ensembles at some point.  Community members who want a deeper understanding of the construction of music will also be interested in this topic. For those wanting to take this study a bit further, we will offer Zoom lessons in basic conducting gesture alongside the score study projects.

Personalized Warm-up Routine

The development of a personalized warm-up routine is the key element to good vocal health, corporate tuning, and preparing your vocal instrument for singing.  A warm-up that hits all fundamental areas is really practice that balances your skills and creates steady improvement for the short and long term.   You will leave this semester with a warm-up routine useable beyond the confines of the class.   For those taking private lessons, this will be done in conjunction with what you are learning in lessons.

Virtual Choral Performances

Finally, we are going to prepare two collaborative virtual choral performances.  You have probably seen several of these online.  While not the same as singing in a large group together in person, there is lot we can learn from this experience, and possibly some of you may lead groups through this in the future. You may want to create your own solo or small group projects.  We will provide you with the click track and recording instructions.  You will record yourself with a phone, video camera, or whatever is at your disposal, and we will edit those together for a great final project. Individual Zoom check-ins will be scheduled to see how your practice is coming and give you some feedback regarding phrasing and obtaining a good recording.

Schedule

We have our regular class rehearsal time of Monday/Wednesday at 11:00 AM set in the schedule, but you can still participate if you are unable to make that live time.   When it is deemed safe, we MAY move to in person classes.  At this time no formal concerts at any local venues have been scheduled for this semester.  This could possibly change with the determination of local officials.

We are going to take advantage of these unique times, and we will grow as musicians and people through College Choir this semester.  Interestingly, our locations are not limiting factors, so we encourage you to spread the word to get as many people as possible to join us from around the state and even around the country.   We look forward to seeing you soon at the start of the semester on August 17.  In the meantime, please stay safe, and get ready for some great music-making.

SPC College Choir course is MUN 1310-1 Obtain an SPC student ID by clicking “apply now” at spcollege.edu. This is the only choir open for this first semester for 2020. .   Please contact the music office if you have questions regarding registration 727-341-4360

  • delaval.maria@spcollege.edu
  • garrard.wilfred@spcollege.edu
  • muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

To learn more about the degree and certificate programs at St. Petersburg College, please visit spcollege.edu/degrees or fill out this online survey to receive more information about SPC’s Music, and Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) programs. Registration for fall classes is currently open. Individuals interested in enrolling at SPC can browse classes and register at classes.spcollege.edu.

Alexander Technique Lessons Online at SPC

What is the Alexander Technique? 

The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life by shining a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension which can interfere with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning process. 

The Alexander Technique is an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation and addresses anxiety and stress. Lessons leave one feeling lighter, freer, and more grounded. 

Who can benefit from the Alexander Technique? 

EVERYONE! 

Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Dancers, Actors, Artists

The Alexander Technique can help performers  and artists of all disciplines work with less tension and rigidity leading to lively, fluid, and dynamic performances and creations.  The Alexander Technique also aids in injury prevention and recovery. 

About the Instructor

Helen Hansen French was introduced to the Alexander Technique as a student at The Juilliard School in 1997 while she was pursuing her BFA in Dance. In 2009 Mrs. French completed her AT teacher training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), and returned to Juilliard to serve as an assistant AT teacher, working alongside Jane Kosminsky. Mrs. French began teaching AT at SPC in 2014. As a dance artist Mrs. French relies on the teachings and principles of the AT as an aid to all her creative endeavours. 

About Lessons

All lessons are private and will take place online via zoom for 60 minutes once a week during the Fall 2020 Term (Aug. 17- Dec. 11) via Zoom. Lesson dates and times will be mutually agreed upon by the instructor and student. Inquiries can be emailed to French.Helen@spcollege.edu.   SPC’s affordable tuition rates make this a wonderful opportunity for anyone throughout the state and the country. (In-state tuition $111.75 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition $389.90 per credit hour). Alexander Technique is 2 credits, resulting in fifteen 50-min private lessons. 

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES

It is necessary for students interested in taking this course to have access to a computer with a camera and microphone, as well as, consistent access to the internet. Please know, the college has resources and can help you get the necessary technology required to be successful in these classes. If you are in need of assistance please visit the SPC Student Support Resources page.

Course Number

DAN 1768 #4366

Private instruction. No audition required. This course covers the principles of the Alexander Technique and helps students integrate them into their daily lives. The course covers elements of kinesthetic awareness, anatomy, and injury prevention. In addition to learning the basic principles of proper body alignment, students will recognize and release habits of movement and thinking that cause tension and hinder movement. This course draws from the writings of FM. Alexander and others related to the Alexander Technique. No experience is necessary for the successful completion of the class. (Note: This course may be taken up to 3 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Obtain an SPC student ID by clicking “apply now” at spcollege.edu

Contact the Humanities office if you have questions regarding registration 727-341-4360

delaval.maria@spcollege.edu

garrard.wilfred@spcollege.edu

muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

Registration for fall classes is currently open. Individuals interested in enrolling at SPC can browse classes and register at classes.spcollege.edu.

Dancing into fall at SPC

Four dancers on a lit stage.

St. Petersburg College faculty members Sharon McCaman and Helen French are excited to be offering innovative ways to dance and create amidst the continuing Covid-19 Pandemic. Starting in Fall 2020 Ballet, Modern, Dance Repertory and Alexander Technique classes will be offered either Live Online, Online or in a blend of the two. No dance experience is necessary for the successful completion of most of these classes. Build credits and experience as a future dance major, fulfill an elective, or enrich your creative life through dance instruction and collaboration as a community member. 

SPC’s affordable tuition rates make this a wonderful opportunity for anyone throughout the state and the country. (In-state tuition $111.75 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition $389.90 per credit hour). That’s less than $5 per dance session for Florida residents!

ONLINE VS LIVE-ONLINE DANCE CLASSES

  • Online classes are ideal for students who want to take classes but need a flexible schedule to work within.
  • Live-Online classes are ideal for students who want to commit to the same class days and times every week.

DANCING AT HOME

All classes will address safe ways to dance and create at home and in non-traditional dance spaces. Therefore, to be successful in these classes we encourage students to make sure they have access to a flat, even area large enough that will allow them to participate in movement from both standing and sitting positions. In the case of ballet classes, students will need to have a sturdy surface that they can hold on to, as if it were a ballet barre (kitchen counter, back of sturdy chair, ect).

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES

In all learning formats it is necessary for students interested in taking these courses to have access to a computer with a camera and microphone, as well as, consistent access to the internet. Please know, the college has a ton of resources and can help you get the necessary technology required to be successful in these classes. If you are in need of assistance please visit the SPC Student Support Resources page.

FULL FALL TERM CLASSES AUG. 17 – DEC. 11

Applied Alexander Technique (Online)

DAN 1768 #4366

Private instruction. No audition required. This course covers the principles of the Alexander Technique and helps students integrate them into their daily lives. The course covers elements of kinesthetic awareness, anatomy, and injury prevention. In addition to learning the basic principles of proper body alignment, students will recognize and release habits of movement and thinking that cause tension and hinder movement. This course draws from the writings of FM. Alexander and others related to the Alexander Technique. No experience is necessary for the successful completion of the class. (Note: This course may be taken up to 3 times for a total of 6 credits.)

12 WEEK EXPRESS CLASSES SEPT. 14 – DEC. 11

Modern Dance I (Live Online)

DAA 1100 #4201

Mon/Wed 3:30 – 5:30

This course includes elementary modern dance techniques and the basic elements of design and the fundamental factors related to movement. In addition, students will learn the basic principles of proper body alignment, balance, and rhythm. In this live online format, we will take the smallness of our personal spaces into account and will teach students to safely practice dance at home in relatively confined areas. This course will be administered synchronistically live online through video conferencing software at the designated course days and times. (Note: This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Modern Dance I (Online)

DAA 1100 #4417

This course includes elementary modern dance techniques and the basic elements of design and the fundamental factors related to movement. In addition, students will learn the basic principles of proper body alignment, balance, and rhythm.  In this online format we will take the smallness of our personal spaces into account and will teach students to safely practice dance at home in relatively confined areas. This course will be administered online through the MyCourses portal; wherein students will have the flexibility to participate in course material at a time of their own choosing. (Note: This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Ballet I (Live Online)

DAA 1200 #4202

Tues/Thurs 3:30 – 5:30

This course is an introduction to techniques at the barre using basic foot, arm and body positions. Ballet I introduces the principles, techniques, and vocabulary of ballet. Students learn placement, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Students must have adequate personal space to move in, as well as a sturdy surface to use as a ballet barre for support during dance exercises. In this live online format, we will take the smallness of our personal spaces into account and will teach students to safely practice dance at home in relatively confined areas. This course will be administered synchronistically live online through video conferencing software at the designated course days and times. (Note: This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.) 

Ballet I (Online)

DAA 1200 #4418

This course is an introduction to techniques at the barre using basic foot, arm and body positions. Students must have adequate personal space to move in, as well as a sturdy surface to use as a ballet barre for support during dance exercises. In this live online format, we will take the smallness of our personal spaces into account and will teach students to safely practice dance at home in relatively confined areas. This course will be administered online through the MyCourses portal; wherein students will have the flexibility to participate in course material at a time of their own choosing. (Note: This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Dance Repertory I (Blended)

DAA 1680 #4419

Mon 5:30 – 7:30 

This course enables students of dance to earn academic credit for their participation in an online public dance presentation. Through intensive online discussion and rehearsal, students will learn an overview of the historical background of dance repertory and will learn specific dance repertory works. Students will acquire skills in movement, human understanding, cooperation and self-discipline. Minimum of 2 hours required during rehearsal periods. Additional hours may be required outside of class time and during production weeks. This course will be administered synchronistically live online through video conferencing software at the designated course days and times. (Note: The content of this course varies each semester. This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Dance Repertory II (Blended) 

DAA 2681 #4420

Tues 5:30 – 7:30

This intermediate-level dance course enables students of dance to earn academic credit for their participation in a public dance presentation. Through intensive online discussion and rehearsal students, will get an introduction into the choreographic process and will learn specific dance works. Students will acquire skills in movement, human understanding, cooperation and self-discipline. Four hours per week is the minimum requirement during rehearsal times. Therefore, additional hours will be required outside of class time and during production weeks. This course is administered synchronistically live online through video conferencing software at the designated course days and times. (Note: The content of this course varies each semester. This course may be taken up to 6 times for a total of 6 credits.)

Obtain an SPC student ID by clicking “apply now” at spcollege.edu

Contact the Humanities office if you have questions regarding registration 727-341-4360

delaval.maria@spcollege.edu

garrard.wilfred@spcollege.edu

muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

Registration for fall classes is currently open. Individuals interested in enrolling at SPC can browse classes and register at classes.spcollege.edu.

SPC Online Dance Offerings
SPC Online Dance Offerings

Join SPC Concert Band as a virtual online experience Fall 2020

A saxophone lying sideways on a sheet of music.

Over the past many years, SPC has built a strong culture of wind ensemble performing based on the values of excellent music, a respectful environment, focused rehearsals, empowering musicians, and enhancing the community.

We have worked with wonderful soloists, brought awareness to many community causes, and collaborated with other departments throughout St. Petersburg College.

COVID 19 and large ensembles

The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to adjust to new environments and rethink educational delivery with safety protocols. 

At the moment, we still do not know the full impact of playing wind instruments and singing with large groups in confined rooms.  So, we are going to be extra cautious and present credit for College Band in an online format.

Online Concert Band

We are committed to offer our large ensemble with college credit for those who need it as a Music and Music Education Transfer students. We are also are creating an experience that is inviting to non-music major college students and community members wanting to make music and grow their talent.

This experience will involve four primary areas.

  1. Score Study and Conducting.
  2. Personalized Warm-up Routine
  3. Personal and Interpersonal Leadership
  4. Virtual Collage Band Performances

Score Study

Score study involves learning a piece of music and how all parts interact.  We will guide you through how to look at a score from the standpoint of a conductor or ensemble leader.  We will put our music theory knowledge to practical use, and you will get a chance to organize and present a score of your own choosing. This is particularly useful for our future music educators, as well as our performance majors that will undoubtedly lead ensembles at some point.  Community members who want a deeper understanding of the construction of music will also be interested in this topic. For those wanting to take this study a bit further, we will offer Zoom lessons in basic conducting gesture alongside the score study projects.

Personalized Warm-up Routine

The development of a personalized warm-up routine is the key element to opening up the doors of musical progress.  A warm-up that hits all fundamental areas is really practice that balances your skills and creates steady improvement for the short and long term.  We will guide you through the basic elements of music-making on your instrument. You will leave this semester with a warm-up routine that you construct based on several variables.  It will be perpetually motivating to you as it fits your current level and goals, and you are going to see the results through your improved individual playing. For those taking private lessons, this will be done in conjunction with what you are learning in lessons.

Optional Leadership Experience

This optional experience includes reading, online resources, and small group discussions centered around the text The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. These lessons in personal and interpersonal leadership result in increased self-confidence, advanced time management strategies, and approaches to working with others that result in creative solutions to challenges. It is an experience we are offering to the entire college, so those who partake may gain insight from those outside of the band course.

Virtual Band Performances

Finally, we are going to prepare two collaborative virtual band performances.  You have probably seen several of these online.  While not the same as playing in a large group together in person, there is lot we can learn from this experience, and some of you may need to lead groups through this in the future. You may want to make your own solo or small group projects.  We will provide you with the click track and instructions.  You will record yourself with a phone, video camera, or whatever you have, and we will edit those together for a great final project. Individual Zoom check-ins will be scheduled to see how your practice is coming and give you some feedback regarding phrasing and obtaining a good recording.

Schedule

We have our regular rehearsal time of Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. set in the schedule, but you can still participate if you are unable to make that live time.  A survey will be sent to find the best time for group meeting check-ins for live instruction and real-time feedback.  Those sessions will also be recorded for reference.

We are going to take advantage of these unique times, and we will grow as musicians and people through College Band this semester.  Interestingly, our locations are not limiting factors, so we encourage you to spread the word to get as many people as possible to join us from around the state and even around the country.   We look forward to seeing you soon at the start of the semester on August 15.  In the meantime, please stay safe, and get ready for some great music-making.

SPC College Band course is MUN 1120. Obtain an SPC student ID by clicking “apply now” at spcollege.edu. Contact the music office if you have questions regarding registration 727-341-4360

  • delaval.maria@spcollege.edu
  • garrard.wilfred@spcollege.edu
  • muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu

To learn more about the degree and certificate programs at St. Petersburg College, please visit spcollege.edu/degrees or fill out this online survey to receive more information about SPC’s Music, and Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) programs. Registration for fall classes is currently open. Individuals interested in enrolling at SPC can browse classes and register at classes.spcollege.edu.

Online Concert Band SPC
Online Concert Band SPC

Online Music Theory at St. Petersburg College

Two sheets of sheet music.

All levels of Music Theory taught online every semester

Music Theory prepares students with a holistic understanding of the elements and functions of music terminology and compositional analysis. The theory sequence—levels 1 through 4—is required of bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Musical Theater, and other music degrees throughout the country. SPC’s music theory sequence is also a wonderful experience for non-degree seeking students interest in the inner workings of music.

Online Experience

SPC celebrates over 10 years of teaching Music Theory online. Our delivery includes clear objectives, learning resources, contextual videos, interactive self-assessments, and graded digital worksheets with instant feedback.

Connectivist Course Design

Our online music theory classes feature a Connectivist Course Design! This means you get to choose your learning resources based on your preferred learning style and desired budget. You may use any published music theory text, or utilize free online learning resources to master course objectives. Instant feedback and multiple chances at self-assessment help make sure you are learning material as intended.

Student Feedback

A former SPC transient student offered the following feedback about SPC Music Theory Online. “For all those that are new to this format, I can tell you that it is amazing. I took Theory 1 online in the spring, and this format incorporates so many different ways to learn a concept that it is almost guaranteed that you will understand even the most complex stuff. I am really looking forward to the next leg of the journey.”

Affordable and Transferable

All SPC Music Theory courses meet State of Florida Common Prerequisite course codes for transfer to State of Florida universities and colleges. These courses have successfully transferred to out-of-state institutions, but check with your school registrar prior to enrolling. SPC’s in-state tuition is $111.75 per credit hour. SPC’s current out-of-state tuition of $386.90 is less than many universities’ tuition rates for in-state residents.

  • MUT 1001 – Fundamentals of Music (3 credits)
    Start from the beginning, learning the basics of music notation, pitch, and rhythm. This course preps students for music notation note-reading and becoming familiar with the piano keyboard. Students will be able to identify and notate pitches, rhythm, meter, major scales, minor scales, and create all qualities of triads and 7th chords.
  • MUT 1111 – Music Theory 1 (3 credits)
    This course reviews and builds on the content introduced in Music Fundamentals with the goal of becoming fluent in the skills of identifying intervals, scales, and chords. The course utilizes the music of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven for most of its examples. Music Theory 1 finishes with a detailed introduction to species counterpoint in preparation for four-part voice leading. *(co-requisite MUT 1241 Aural Theory 1)
  • MUT 1112 – Music Theory 2 (3 credits)
    This course builds on the content of Music Theory 1. It goes into detail of four-part voice leading, including part writing of various chords and studying chord function. The course utilizes Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and other composers of these eras for most of its examples. Music Theory 2 finishes with the study of secondary dominant and leading-tone chords. *(co-requisite MUT 1242 Aural Theory 2)
  • MUT 2116 – Music Theory 3 (3 credits)
    This course builds on the content of Music Theory 2. It explores the topics of modulation, chromaticism, augmented 6th chords, and musical form. The course utilizes the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Debussy, and other composers of these eras for most of its examples. Music Theory 3 finishes with the study of chromatic mediants, extended chords, and an introduction into jazz theory chords and forms. *(co-requisite MUT 2246 Aural Theory 3)
  • MUT 2117 – Music Theory 4 (3 credits)
    This course builds on the content of Music Theory 3. It explores, in detail, atonal music theory concepts including integer notation, mod12 arithmetic, interval-class vectors, prime forms, and Allen Forte’s set classes. The course utilizes the music of Babbit, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, and other composers of these eras for most of its examples. Music Theory 4 finishes with the construction of the 12-tone matrix, total serialism, and chance music. *(co-requisite MUT 2246 Aural Theory 4)

*Aural Theories

  • MUT 1241 – Aural Theory 1 (1 credit)
  • MUT 1242 – Aural Theory 2 (1 credit)
  • MUT 2246 – Aural Theory 3 (1 credit)
  • MUT 2247 – Aural Theory 4 (1 credit)

Aural theory courses are companion ear-training experiences to the Music Theory courses. They are required of students pursuing degrees in Music, Music Education, Musical Theater, and Music Therapy at most universities. SPC’s Aural Theory courses use a Connectivist Course Design, allowing students to choose their own learning resources. These courses are designed to help students create their own weekly achievement goals to best achieve self-improvement in the area of aural skills. Exceptions to the co-requisite requirement are made for students that have already completed the corresponding level of Aural Theory or enrichment students not pursuing music degrees.


To learn more about the degree and certificate programs at St. Petersburg College, please visit spcollege.edu/degrees or fill out this online survey to receive more information about SPC’s Music, and Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) programs. Registration for fall classes is currently open. Individuals interested in enrolling at SPC can browse classes and register at classes.spcollege.edu.

Campus Connections highlights Vet Tech program

campus connections

On March 5, 2020, St. Petersburg College Wind Ensembles presented the Campus Connections Concert at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg. The annual concert combines our musical performance which a spotlight on another area of the college. This year’s highlighted program was Veterinary Technology. Joël Vaïsse, principal trombonist of the Florida Orchestra, was the featured guest soloist. Mr. Vaïsse premiered the North American performance of Jean-Philippe Vanbeselaere’s Septentrion, to a thunderous response from the audience.  

Campus Connections Concerts involve our music students seeking out another department, learning about what they do and theming our music accordingly. We then present a combination of music and information about the happenings and opportunities of our partnering program. This year, all audience members went away with a great sense of what we do in both Music, Humanities and Fine Arts and our outstanding SPC Vet Tech program.

The evening’s music included several animal-themed works such as Noisy Wheels of Joy by Eric Whitacre, Old Ben’s Farm by Andrew Boysen, Old Home Days of Charles Ives, Service Dogs by JC Sherman, Sheep Shearing Song of Percy Grainger, and Monkey Business of David Lovrien. Ensemble members sent in pictures of their pets and dressed in animal-themed outfits, and SPC student Kyle Collins assembled a collage video that played during one of the pieces. 

Dr. Cynthia Grey, Associate Dean of Veterinary Technology, expressed her appreciation.

“What an outstanding performance by all,” she said. “Such a wonderful connection we have made. The slide show brought tears to our eyes, and the stuffed animals and fun clothes were such a great touch.”

Campus Connections Concerts usually take place the Thursday before Spring Break. If you have ideas for future department to highlight, please contact me, Professor Nathan Muehl, at muehl.nathan@spcollege.edu. For more information about SPC’s Vet Tech program, visit our website.