Music Minor

Stay performance-ready. Lake Erie College now offers a music minor for talented musicians with other career ambitions.

More than a hobby, a music minor connects your raw musical talent to real understanding. Our music instructors will train you in the most effective techniques with regular lessons, practices and workshops.

Instrumental Ensemble

Wind, strings, percussion, the stage is calling you. Join the instrumental music ensemble, and meet your lifelong friends!

Lake Erie College students have deepened their connection to music and to themselves through music as far back as our memory goes. Now, you can earn a $250 scholarship to do the same.

It’s your turn to occupy the stage of our Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building.

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Meet Your Instructor

Phot of Amir Jones

Amir Jones
Director
M.Ed. Graduate Assistant

Jones is a lifelong resident of the Painesville, Ohio area. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Lakeland Community College and Cleveland State University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in music education.

For over ten years, Jones has served on the band staff of Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville. As high school band director, he directs concert band, marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band and pep band.

He is affiliated with the Ohio Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Educators, the Lake County Music Educators Association, the Painesville Community Theater and the Lake County Branch NAACP. In addition, Jones is the pianist for First Church Congregational and choir director and pianist at St. John Baptist Church in Painesville.

Courses Requirements and Descriptions

History and Literature of Music I (3 SH)

The Medieval, Renaissance, and the Baroque Eras. History of musical literature and styles of western music through 1750. This course addresses the development of Western Music from the Medieval to the end of the Baroque ears. Emphasis is placed on musical styles, composers, and representative compositions of each period. For music minors or BFA-music concentration majors, unless otherwise approved by the dean.

History and Literature of Music II (3 SH)

The Classical and the Romantic Eras. The Viennese school through the end of the nineteenth century. This course concentrates on the composers, techniques, stylistic and aesthetic trends from the Classical and the Romantic eras. Students will also examine political, aesthetic, social, and technological developments from these periods. For music minors or BFA-music concentration majors, unless otherwise approved by the dean.

History and Literature of Music III (3 SH)

Music of the twentieth century. Nineteen hundred to the present. This course concentrates on the composers, techniques, stylistic and aesthetic trends from approximately 1900 to the present. Students will also examine political, aesthetic, social, and technological developments which contribute to an understanding of contemporary art music. For music minors or BFA-music concentration majors, unless otherwise approved by the dean.

Applied Lessons (3 semesters)

Private Instruction in Piano (1 SH)

Provides weekly individual lessons and guided instruction in technique, tone quality, musicianship, and performance practice.  At least one concert performance is offered per semester.

Private Instruction in Voice (1 SH)

Provides weekly individual lessons that develop the fundamental principles of breath management, posture, and healthy tone production for the singing voice and cultivates performance skills including stage etiquette, stage presentation, and vocalism.  At least one concert performance is offered per semester.

Private Instruction in Other Instruments (1 SH)

Provides weekly individual lessons and guided instruction in tone production, technique, musicianship and performance practice.  At least one concert performance is offered per semester.

Ensemble/Performance (2 Semesters)

Choir (1 SH)

A vocal ensemble of mixed voices comprised of college and community members dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of a variety of choral literature.  At least one concert performance is required per semester.  This course is open to students with prior singing/choral experience who are interested in a college/community choral singing opportunities.

Musical Theater/ Opera Workshop (1 SH)

Musical Theater/Opera Workshop provides students with the opportunity to study and apply the techniques of effective performance in all forms of music drama from Opera and American Musical Theatre. Students will study an assigned role from a particular scene or multiple scenes with a vocal coach/accompanist and perform as soloists as well as members of small groups and larger ensembles. In addition to learning music, the student will learn blocking, acting, and dance steps if needed. At least one to two performances are required at the end of the semester. The course is open to students with prior singing, drama, or production experience.

Wind Ensemble (1 SH)

Wind Ensemble is a performance ensemble specializing in the literature of a wide variety of genres. Students will be provided ensemble experiences necessary for developing and refining improvisation techniques and performance practices appropriate to the diverse musical styles. A public performance is a requirement. An audition for the conductor is a requirement for participation.

Interdisciplinary Elective (3 SH)

Students may choose an elective from an alternate, but relevant, area of study such as science, psychology, English, foreign language, theater, graphic arts, dance, entrepreneurship, business, or marketing.  This encourages the student to design active links between fields of knowledge. Students are required to consult with his or her academic advisor to choose an appropriate course(s).