The Instrumental Program at Andrew College provides instruction for all music majors at the College required for the Associate of Music degree. Instrumental instruction is also available, as faculty teaching loads allow, for non-music majors for elective credit.
Instrumental Scholarships are available, upon successful audition, for students intending to pursue an Associate of Music degree, as well as for students who do not plan to major in music but wish to continue their studies at the college level. While the Music Department desires to increase its number of students in the Associate of Music degree program, it does offer scholarships to students not majoring in music. Prospective students interested in the Instrumental Program will find that Andrew College is one of the only institutions that offers instrumental scholarships to students other than music majors. Talented non-majors are encouraged to audition for scholarships.
Students pursuing the Associate of Music degree who choose a band instrument as their primary instrument are required to attend one 50-minute lesson each week. Music majors who choose instrumental music as their secondary instrument, or for all other non-music majors are given one 25-minute lesson each week. Additionally, all students must attend a 50-minute weekly studio performance class.
Grades for applied lessons are based on attendance, progress/practice, maintenance of a practice log, participation in studio classes, and a final jury. For the final jury, students will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces for the music faculty. Music majors are expected to practice 1-2 hours daily and are required to memorize music performed at the final jury. Non-majors are encouraged to practice at least 30 minutes daily and are allowed to have sheet music for the final jury. Students are expected to practice technical exercises as well as repertoire. Repertoire is chosen based on the level of the student. We strive to expose students to a wide variety of music styles.
In the spring semester, at the end of each year, all students are encouraged to participate in an Annual Studio Recital. Only music majors will be required to perform. This recital is open to the public and will take place in the Jones Chapel.