What is music performance?
Students of music performance perfect their skills as musicians. Lessons, classes and recitals help students develop a personal style and prepare them for performing careers as soloists, ensemble members and accompanists.
Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers. Confidence, personality, a positive attitude and a love of music are important to success in many arenas of music. Music performance majors require a high level of personal organization and a commitment to personal practice. The development of keyboard, aural and ensemble skills are also essential.
Finding positions in the music industry requires combination of talent, training, connections and persistence. Performance: Instrumental, vocal, conducting; composing and arranging; Music education: Teaching, private lessons; Music therapy; Music journalism; Music law; Music libraries; Behind the scenes: Audio technician, recording engineer; Music industry and business: Administration, publishing and editing, recording, engineering, artist/talent representation, publicity, marketing, retail sales; Communications (broadcasting): Music/program direction, promotion, copyright/clearance administration
Majoring in music performance
Hesston music students experience the two-year advantage, receiving the same high quality of instruction as the best four-year colleges and universities and all the premiere performance and leadership opportunities during the freshman and sophomore years.
Hesston College music students can:
- Join a music ensemble - Bel Canto Singers, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Pep Band - and tour each year.
- Enroll in private music lessons in any instrument or voice.
- Perform in regular department recitals and master classes.
- Travel abroad with the International Chorale every other year.
- Develop proficiencies in keyboard and guitar and complete an exit portfolio, including a sophomore recital, in preparation for the next step.
- Participate in musical theatre productions each year.
- Students enrolled in voice lessons can participate in the regional National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition (six regional finalists from Hesston in the last five years.)
- Use and learn in the newly renovated performing arts building that provides outstanding rehearsal and performance spaces.
Music performance curriculum
Drawing on a century of rich tradition, the Hesston College Music Department nurtures musical growth, encourages creativity and provides a solid musical foundation for students pursuing a passion for music. The department provides many opportunities for performance, musical growth and leadership.