How To Be A Music Major At Pima

Contact information:

Dr. Mark A. Nelson
Chair, Performing Arts
Phone: 520-206-6826
E-mail: manelson@pima.edu

I. General Information:

The music major program at Pima is designed for students who already have a background in music wishing to pursue a career in performance, education, history, theory, or commercial music.  Our Associate of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in music is consistent with the first two years of a bachelors degree in music.  Note: due to financial aid regulations, only courses in the approved program of study will likely eligible for financial aid.  Also, the Associate of Fine Arts with a concentration in music is a selective admission degree program which means you cannot be classified as a music major until you have successfully auditioned into the 100 level of MUP instruction.  The approval form we use is:

Selective Admission Form

The audition rubric is also used with a minimum of two instructors present at the audition:
Audition Rubric

The suggested sequence of courses is available by clicking on the following link:

Music Major Sequence of Courses

You must audition on your major instrument/voice before you can register for the first MUP course in studio instruction.  You must take the sequence of Structure of Music, Aural Perception, Class Piano, and Studio Instruction for each level at the same time.  We do not have a procedure for part-time music majors.  If you are not accepted as a music major after your audition, we may ask you to enroll in the pre-major sequence of MUP 061-067, MUS 102 Music Fundamentals, and MUS 106 Introduction to Ear-Training for the first semester.  The specifics about registering for any of the MUP courses is found in this link:

Studio Instruction Eligibility

In addition to the required music courses, you also need to fulfill the general education course requirements.  That information is located on the www.pima.edu web site.   Specifically, it is on this page:
http://www.pima.edu/programs-courses/credit-programs-degrees/arts-humanities/the-arts/afa-music-concentration.html

Your full-time music faculty can help you with advising and course sequences.  Feel free to email any of us.  During the summer, we are not at Pima but will respond as soon as we can.

You are required to have the Selective Admission Form filled out by the audition chair and yourself as it needs to go to the admission office for processing to be formally admitted into the music major program (for financial aid and program requirements).
Form: Selective Admissions Program Form (new for Fall 2016)

Eileen Perry Schwartz: exploring music through piano, aural perception I, class piano, studio instruction in piano: eperry@pima.edu

Carol Christofferson: structure of music I-IV, aural perception II-IV, music theory review, studio instruction in clarinet: cchristofferson@pima.edu

Dr. Jonathan Ng: PCC chorale, college singers, voice class, music history I, II, music fundamentals, studio instruction in voice: jng@pima.edu 

Dr. Mark Nelson: department chair, music fundamentals, electronic music, concert band, studio instruction in euphonium and tuba: manelson@pima.edu

II. Ensemble Participation

We have a number of ensembles any student can participate in.  The list below includes the email addresses of the appropriate instructors so you can ask for information concerning auditions, repertoire, etc.:

Wind Ensemble MUS 120 M/W 12:10-2:00 PM  Dr. Mark Nelson, director
second year: MUS 121

Chorale: MUS 130 T/TH 12:10-2:00  Dr. Jonathan Ng, director

College Singers MUS 131 M/W 12:10-2:00 PM Dr. Jonathan Ng, director

Orchestra MUS 116 T 6:00 -8:40 PM Dr. Alexander Tentser, director
second year: MUS 117

Jazz Ensemble MUS 108 T/TH 3:10-4:25 PM Mike Kuhn, director
second year: MUS 109

Music Theatre Workshop MUS 148 T/TH 3:10-4:25 PM, Dr. Darrell King, director
Opera Scenes MUS 149 T/TH 3:10-4:25 PM, Dr. Darrel Kingdirector
taught together as cross-listed courses

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