Greenfield Community College Music Department Spring Concert -- CANCELLED

Greenfield Community College Music Department Spring Concert

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:00 pm
This event has been postponed due to the impending storm. Please stay tuned for rescheduled date.

Please join us at 7:00 at the Shea Theater Arts Center.

Doors open 6:30.

Free admission.

The GCC Music Department offers an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts degree with a music concentration (LA/MUS), commonly referred to as the music major.  Our curriculum focus is jazz and contemporary music studies.  We do not require auditions to begin studies, and many students consider the major to be an ideal way to explore music and to explore the possibility of more serious academic music study beyond GCC. Our majors have transferred to study music at schools such as UMASS Amherst, Berklee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Northeastern University, Westfield State, Keene State, Evergreen College, and the University of Vermont.  Other music major graduates have transferred to a wide variety of non-music programs at various schools, with several choosing to minor in music at their 4-year school.

Our primary strength is that we are a small department providing students with individualized attention. Our open access policy means we have a diverse range of student interests and abilities, with most students desiring to get “up to speed” with college level music study. We don’t have a single goal for every music student, other than to grow and learn as much as possible. The definition of success is unique for each GCC music major, and the music faculty support that by helping to shape a unique experience for each student. Though we are a small department, we offer a diverse range of courses in performance, theory, history, music technology, and instrumental study.

People who can apply those skills in the work they do (including music) stand out in any field.  Our Liberal Arts/Music degree option is designed to foster this development in students both in and out of class.  We are a place that doesn’t leave students on their own to solve the “how-does-music-fit-in-my-life puzzle” later on.  We help to begin solving it now in a variety of ways.  First and foremost, by teaching that musical creativity is a practice of recognizing possibilities and being flexible in how to respond to those possibilities.  What works best in the band or in the recording studio often works best in the rest of life, too.

For information on how to become involved in our department’s dynamic and growing community, feel free to email or call me anytime.

– Matthew

Matthew Ruby Shippee
Professor and Chair
Music Department


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