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Music Department

Casper College offers a modern and well-equipped program that provides opportunities for students to explore music technology, music education, music performance, musical theatre, or music in the liberal arts curriculum.

The Casper College Music Department provides students with a comprehensive and individualized education to prepare them for lifelong music-making as professional and non-professional musicians while enriching the cultural life of our community.

Casper College is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

There are five full-time music faculty dedicated to teaching and advising music students to achieve their career goals. Many talented adjunct faculty work closely with full-time faculty to ensure student success and achievement. Our student-faculty ratio provides Casper College music students with a great deal of individual attention. Perhaps the greatest strength of the Casper College Music Department is the variety of performing ensembles available to all college students, who do not have to compete with upperclassmen to perform in their favorite groups.

Degrees

Associate of Arts degrees

Associate of Fine Arts degrees

Handbook

This handbook has been prepared to answer many of the questions you may have about your study at Casper College. Read it, and it should serve you well. If you have additional questions, please contact any faculty member or me. We will be glad to help you. —Dr. Eric W. Unruh, Dean, School of Fine Arts and Humanities

Scholarships
  • 2019-2020 Music activity scholarship  — Awarded by the Casper College Music Department. Follow instructions detailed on the activity scholarship application.
  • Casper College scholarships — Both merit and need based scholarships are available. Scholarship awards are intended to recognize academic and other achievements, to encourage performance, and to assist as many qualified students as possible.
Music Theory Placement Exam

As a music major at Casper College, you will take four semesters of Written Theory, Aural Theory, and Class Piano. Your success in these classes is dependent upon already having had enough musical experience to be able to read music and to demonstrate a basic perception of pitch and rhythm. To make sure you are prepared for the core sequence of theory classes, as a new music major at Casper College you will be required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam.

Music Theory Placement Exam Details

As a music major at Casper College, you will take four semesters of Written Theory, Aural Theory, and Class Piano. These classes are designed to help you understand and fluently speak the language of music so that your performances are expressive and musical in nature, rather than “just playing the notes.”

Your success in these classes is dependent upon already having had enough musical experience to be able to read music and to demonstrate a basic perception of pitch and rhythm. To make sure you are prepared for the core sequence of theory classes, as a new music major at Casper College you will be required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam. This is a short (ten to fifteen minute) exam where you will do the following:

  • Identify the letter names of some notes written on your choice of treble, bass, or alto clef
  • Write a major scale of your choice on the clef of your choice
  • Identify some major key signatures
  • Relate different note values to each other (for example: how many eighth notes are equal to a quarter note?)
  • Draw missing barlines to make music fit a given time signature
  • Recognize by ear if one pitch is higher or lower than another pitch
  • Recognize the melodic shape of a recording you hear
  • Recognize the written rhythm of a recording you hear

If your placement exam indicates that you have some weaknesses in the above skills, you will be required to take Music Fundamentals during your first semester at Casper College. Music Fundamentals is a course specifically designed to introduce you to the basic elements of music and teach you how to read music notation, and it is offered as a supplemental course that you take along with the regular theory sequence. You are more than welcome to register for Music Fundamentals even if your placement exam doesn’t require you to take Music Fundamentals; many students find that the extra time and practice they get by taking Music Fundamentals helps them do better in their other classes.

You are encouraged to prepare for the Music Theory Placement Exam by practicing your music fundamentals over the summer. Some useful resources to help you prepare for the placement exam include:

We wish you every success as you start your education here at Casper College! If you have any questions about music theory or the placement exam, please feel free to send an email to our Music Theory Coordinator, Nathan Baker, at nbaker@caspercollege.edu.

Faculty

Jordan Asker
Bass Instructor

Nathan Baker
Coordinator of Music Theory & Trombone Instructor

Teague Bechtel
Guitar Instructor

Larry Burger
Sound Design & Audio Engineer Educator

Ron Coulter
Percussion Instructor

Jennifer Cowell-DePaolo
Program Director
Director of Chamber Orchestra
Strings Instructor

Gary DePaolo
Viola Instructor

Paula Flynn
Piano Instructor

Jane Hamman
Harp Instructor

Joshua Mietz
Jazz Ensemble Director
Instructor of Clarinet & Saxophone
Director of College Band
Executive Director of Kinser Jazz Festival

Delores Thornton
Flute Instructor

Richard Turner
Bassoon Instructor

Veronica Turner
Voice Instructor

Zachary Vreeman
Director of Choirs

Don Williams
Trumpet Instructor