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.
Associate of Arts degrees
Associate of Fine Arts degrees
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
- 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:
- The Fundamentals section of Open Music Theory, an open-source music theory textbook available for free at http://openmusictheory.com
- Free interactive online tutorial sites available on the Internet, such as http://www.musictheory.net and http://www.teoria.com
- A four- to six-week online course offered by the Eastman School of Music that is designed to prepare incoming music majors for music placement exams; this resource is not free, but it is highly recommended, and can be found at http://www.esm.rochester.edu/iml/store/product/music-theory-fundamentals/
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 email@example.com.
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