Individualized Music Lessons

BlanchardStudioAll Kellogg Community College students have the opportunity to take private music lessons in any number of instruments and or voice. Students receive rigorous instruction from music division faculty preparing them for performance in studio seminars and master classes, recitals, auditions or for self- enrichment purposes. These are private lessons open to all interested students; instructors teach once a week on a one-to-one basis. For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Blanchard, Music Coordinator at 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or email him at blanchardg@kellogg.edu

MUSIC OPEN HOUSE 4

Professor Kathy Cary, providing instruction to piano students

Student Support Documents and Forms

Jury Form: Click Here (must be completed in triplicate and brought to your jury)

Special Notice: To register for your jury using this online system, you must sign in to your Google account. If you do not have one, you may register for one for free when prompted. Any questions, please email Dr. Blanchard at blanchardg@kellogg.edu

Jury Sign up for December 11- Click Here
Jury Sign up for December 12-Click Here

Recital/Master Class Form: Click Here

Studio Class Schedule (FA: 2014): Click Here

Studio Practice Log: click here

Blanchard Course Syllabi Link: Click here

To contact your Individualized Music Lesson Instructor, Click Here: Contact

Students taking lessons for academic credit must attend all scheduled studio class sessions.

Studio Class Schedules (FA: 2014): Click Here

Applied LessonsKathy Cary

Vocal/Instrumental Study

These guidelines have been prepared in order to help department faculty evaluate student performance. Assessment sheets for evaluations and juries will be provided for those events.

  • Lessons: Each student will receive either one 30-minute (non- credit) or one 60-minute (2 credits) private lesson per week for the duration of the academic semester.
  • Studio Master Class: Students taking lessons for academic credit are required to attend the weekly Studio Master Class. Master classes are held in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium on selected Wednesdays at 1 p.m. These are Mandatory for all students receiving academic credit for lessons.

Registration Click Here

Students may register for individual music lesson through KRIS or may contact the registration office directly by calling 269-965-3931. The Kellogg Registration Information System (KRIS) will allow you to access registration information through the college portal. Once you have completed the registration, you must contact Dr. Gerald Blanchard (blanchardg@kellogg.edu).

Registration and Schedule Adjustments

Registration is held throughout the academic year. Specific dates and times of registration are published in the College class schedule printed for each academic period.

Registering for Individualized Music Lessons

Individual instruction for academic credit or non-credit (private lessons) in keyboard, woodwind, brass, percussion, string instruments, and voice is available to all KCC students regardless of academic major. These lessons are also available to non-students wishing to study music for personal enjoyment.  There are two registration options available for taking an individualized music lesson through the music program at Kellogg Community College.

Option 1- This is a non-credit option. The course number marked with “C” indicates that you the student (or community member) may take this course for personal enrichment. You will receive  one thirty minute lesson once per week. Please note, the expectation is the same, except you will not be required to attend the weekly studio master class sessions nor complete a jury at the end of the semester.

Available Courses: CEU (non-credit options)

MUSI C112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI C122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI C130 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1.6 CEU

Option 2- This is the “For-Credit” option.  You will receive one (60 min.) lesson per week. You will be expected to attend studio master classes and follow the minimum performance requirements. Your weekly lesson meeting time is scheduled directly with your instructor after the first week of classes.  

MUSI 112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 135 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 2.00

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Please note the following: 

Once you have officially registered for your individualized music lesson course, your contact information will then be forwarded directly to the music coordinator. However, immediately following registration, you are asked to send an email confirming your registration. You may send that confirmation email to Dr. Gerald Blanchard at blanchardg@kellogg.edu.

Please double-check that your current contact info is listed accurately with the college, and that you are registered for the correct course and section.

Available Applied Lesson Course & Numbers:

MUSI 112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI C112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 113 Individualized Voice Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 114 Individualized Voice Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 115 Individualized Voice Lessons 4 2.00
MUSI 122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI C122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 123 Individualized Piano Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 124 Individualized Piano Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 125 Individualized Piano Lessons 4 2.00
MUSI C130 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 135 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 136 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 137 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 138 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 4 2.00

Performance Requirements

All students taking individualized music lessons for academic credit will perform in a minimum of two master classes and one recital each semester of study. All recital music must be presented at concert performance level — memorized and polished. At the end of the semester, students with the highest jury level scores will be invited to perform in the honors concert. This opportunity is open to both instrumental and vocal students.

 

Dr. Blanchard giving a voice lesson to a student.

Tips for a Successful Year of Study

Show up for your lessons:

  • On time
  • Prepared
  • Warmed up; you are expected to practice daily on technique (exercises) and repertoire.

You will not improve without regular practice. Remember, you reap what you sow. Most illnesses should not prevent you from practicing. Even if your voice is not functioning physically, you can still work on the comprehension of pitches, rhythms, diction, understanding the text, phrasing, and memorization. Plan ahead to avoid the conflicts that can and will occur (exams, papers, etc.).

 

Grading and Attendance

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her music instructor 24 hours in advance, preferably in person, if s/he must miss or reschedule a lesson. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence and will result in a lowering of the student’s grade for the semester.

Students are expected to attend all lessons, master classes and perform in master classes and recitals. Each student taking lessons for academic credit must also complete a performance jury at the end of the academic semester. Any student’s grade will be lowered by half a letter for each lesson, master class and/or recital missed. If a student fails to perform a jury at the end of the semester, the student will automatically fail the jury thus reducing the semester grade by one third.

Example:

The student completed all requirements except the final jury. See grading result below.

  • Lesson: 4.0 grade
  • Master Class: 4.0 grade
  • Jury: 0 grade
  • Final semester grade: 2.6

Drop/Add

A schedule adjustment period is provided for students who have registered and find it necessary to revise their course selections. Schedule adjustments must be made within the time limits established by the College.

Jury Repertoire Requirements

Vocal and Instrumental Jury Policy

All students taking applied lessons for academic credit, both performance majors and non-majors, must play a jury at the conclusion of each semester to show evidence of progress on their instrument. The student must successfully pass his/her jury in order to progress to the next level of study. Majors are expected to complete an exit recital the final semester of lessons.

  • MUSI 112-113 (vocal) level students must be prepared to perform a minimum of three contrasting pieces. Two must be memorized. MUSI 113 or higher: One must be in a language other than English.
  • MUSI 114-115 (vocal) level students must be prepared to perform a minimum of four to six contrasting pieces by memory. All must be memorized. MUSI 115: Two selections must be from standard art song, lied, opera or oratorio repertoire.
  • MUSI 122-123 (piano): One to three contrasting pieces from contrasting stylistic periods. One selection must be representative of the standard classical repertoire. All selections must be memorized.
  • MUSI 124-125 (piano): Four to six contrasting pieces from contrasting stylistic periods and genres. A minimum of three must be representative of the standard classical repertoire (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin etc.). All selections must be memorized.
  • MUSI 135-136 (instrumental): Two compositions from the standard repertoire showing contrast in style and technique; excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire is accepted.
  • MUSI 137-138 (instrumental): Solos from the standard repertoire showing contrast in style and technique; standard method book studies; excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire is accepted.

Sight Reading Requirement

A primary goal of our music programs is to produce students who are musically literate and prepared to experience a lifetime of musical enrichment. The development of sight reading skills is central to the achievement of this primary goal. Therefore, the development of specific sight reading skills must be included at all levels of instruction and evaluation. You the student will be asked to perform a small musical excerpt at sight. Your instructor will assist you with the appropriate levels of preparation for the exercise.

 

Please Read!

Faculty Contacts: Contact

Ten tips for email etiquette

  1. Student’s name and class/section in subject line, followed by the nature of the communication: Question? Clarification. Information. Illness. ( John Smith musi 151 90 Illness)
  2.  Appropriate standard greeting, such as Dear Professor Rose or Good Morning. Never Hey.
  3. Keep the message on point. “My question about today’s assignment is this:”
  4. No text “language” or symbols. Emails must be in standard English.
  5. Always sign your name at the end, full name if you are unknown to the recipient or first name if you are known.
  6. Never ask your professor if you have missed anything important; of course you have.
  7. Don’t go into too much personal detail if you must miss class. An absence is an absence.
  8. If you will be missing class, always ask what you need to do to keep current.
  9. Never forward jokes or memes or chain letters to your professor.
  10. Your email is a reflection of you, your work habits, and your professionalism. Make readers want to respond.

If you fail to address me appropriately or format your requests in the appropriate manner, your email will NOT receive a response.