Instrumental Music

Instrumental music at Iowa Central consists of Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and other performing opportunities including the Musical Pit Orchestra and Encore Singers Pit.

Concert Band is open to all Iowa Central students. It involves the performance of quality band literature with emphasis being placed on musicianship and interpretation. This group rehearses three times weekly and is frequently called upon to perform at both the college and community events.

The Jazz Band is an ensemble designed to explore the various styles of popular and jazz music with emphasis placed on musicianship, solo performance and improvisation. They perform three major concerts each year, and tour throughout the area in the winter and spring. They are requested to perform at a variety of functions throughout the area, and have the opportunity to record a CD. Jazz Band members must also be Concert Band members.

The Brass Ensemble is open to students enrolled in Concert Band that play a Brass instrument. The ensemble is set up to explore the music set aside for a Brass quintet. Students will be divided into Brass quintets and perform during the concert series and are asked to perform at additional Iowa Central and Community events.

Percussion Ensemble involves the study and performance of percussion literature for a variable ensemble (from quartets to large ensembles), and is open to all students regardless of major or primary instrument. Students will experience literature from contemporary marching battery and pit, to jazz, Taiko and other world music. The “Legion of Boom” Drum Line rehearses as part of the percussion ensemble course during the fall. Students will perform as part of concerts in the fall and spring semesters, a spring percussion concert, and other events as requested. This course is required of all percussion majors.

The Triton Marching Band and “Legion Of Boom” Drum Line support college events during the fall
semester and is open to all students regardless of major. Members attend a preseason camp which
occurs a few days prior to the start of the fall semester, as well as rehearsals 2-3 times per week. The
Triton Marching Band uses a combination of corps-style fundamentals with show band attitude,
providing the atmosphere and energy of a contemporary college marching band.

The Pep Band supports college events during the spring semester and is open to all students regardless of major. The Pep Band gives student performers the opportunity to play traditional and present-day band music
while adding support to the men and women’s basketball teams. Rehearsals begin at the end of the fall semester following the completion of marching band.

Every spring, a volunteer ensemble is assembled to perform in Iowa Central's annual musical. These students learn the experience of professional pit musicians.

Applied lessons are available to any Iowa Central student for any instrument.

Ensembles

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUS-145 Concert Band
1.0
MUS-149 Pep Band
1.0
MUS-167 Marching Band
1.0
MUS-173 Jazz Band
2.0
MUS-176 Brass Ensemble
1.0
MUS-177 Percussion Ensemble
1.0

Applied Lessons

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUA-119 Class Piano
1.0
MUA-120 Applied Piano
1.0
MUA-122 Applied Organ
1.0
MUA-124 Applied Guitar
1.0
MUA-126 Applied Strings
1.0
MUA-143 Applied Brass
1.0
MUA-170 Applied Woodwinds
1.0
MUA-180 Applied Percussion
1.0

Course Schedule (for those seeking an A.A. Degree)

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUS-120 Music Theory I
3.0
MUS-118 Sight Singing and Ear Training I
2.0
  Performance Ensemble (Choir/Band)
1.0
  Applied Voice (Vocal/Instrumental)
1.0
MUA-120 Applied Piano (Proficiency)
1.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
OR
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
 
Total Hours: 15/16

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUS-121 Music Theory II
3.0
MUS-119 Sight Singing and Ear Training II
3.0
  Performance Ensemble (Choir/Band)
1.0
  Applied Voice (Vocal/Instrumental)
1.0
MUA-120 Applied Piano (Proficiency)
1.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
MUS-104 Exploring Music
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Electives
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
XXX-XXX Social Science & Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 3.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUS-220 Music Theory III
3.0
MUS-218 Sight Singing and Ear Training III
3.0
  Performance Ensemble (Choir/Band)
1.0
  Applied Voice (Vocal/Instrumental)
1.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MUS-221 Music Theory IV
3.0
MUS-219 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV
3.0
  Performance Ensemble (Choir/Band)
1.0
  Applied Voice (Vocal/Instrumental)
1.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 19.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 3.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 74/75

Staff

Paul Bloomquist Dir. of Instrumental Activities 515-574-1203 bloomquist@iowacentral.edu
Kathleen Schreier Director of Choral Activities 515-574-1202 schreier@iowacentral.edu
Jeremy Smith Director of Athletic Bands 515-574-1207 smith_jeremy@iowacentral.edu
Cassidy Vermeer Performing Arts Coordinator, Dance Coach 515-574-1204 vermeer@iowacentral.edu
Karen (Joan) Hopkins Adjunct Applied Piano 515-574-1208 hopkins@iowacentral.edu
Shari Lehman Adjunct Applied Piano 515-574-1208 lehman@iowacentral.edu
Sharon Morrical Adjunct Applied Voice 515-574-1208 morrical@iowacentral.edu
Jeremy Ober Adjunct Applied Guitar 515-574-1208 ober@iowacentral.edu
Dennis Simon Adjunct Applied Piano 515-574-1208 simon@iowacentral.edu
Tara Smith Adjunct Applied Woodwinds 515-574-1208 smith_t@iowacentral.edu