Dr. Mark A. Nelson
Performing Arts Head
Phone: 520-206-6826/520-206-6690 division office
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:
The audition rubric is also used with a minimum of two instructors present at the audition:
The suggested sequence of courses is available by clicking on the following link:
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:
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:
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.
Dr. Raymond Ryder: exploring music through piano, class piano, studio instruction in piano: email@example.com
Carol Christofferson: structure of music I-IV, aural perception I-IV, music theory review, studio instruction in clarinet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jonathan Ng: PCC chorale, college singers, music history I, II, music fundamentals, studio instruction in voice: email@example.com
Dr. Mark Nelson: department chair, music fundamentals and exploring music online, electronic music, concert band, studio instruction in euphonium and tuba: firstname.lastname@example.org
II. Ensemble Participation
We have a number of ensembles any student can participate in. All ensembles are now 1 credit. The list below includes the email addresses of the appropriate instructors so you can ask for information concerning auditions, repertoire, etc. Please check the current class schedule for days and times for each ensemble.
Wind Ensemble MUS 120 Dr. Mark Nelson, director
second year: MUS 121
Chorale: MUS 130 Dr. Jonathan Ng, director
College Singers MUS 131 Dr. Jonathan Ng, director
Orchestra MUS 116 Dr. Alexander Tentser, director
second year: MUS 117
Jazz Ensemble MUS 108 Mike Kuhn, director
second year: MUS 109