Directed Study – Songwriting Performance Studies Ensemble

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The Directed Study – Songwriting Performance Studies Ensemble is a course designed to similar to an independent study. With the guidance of the faculty director, the writers assume a leadership role providing all material, rehearsing the band, dedicating parts for the players and communicating to the ensemble the musical interpretation of original songs. The lead student submits the approved application and proposal and is responsible for leading the rehearsals, delegating responsibilities, communicating week-to-week goals, planning the final performance, and promoting the final performance. Throughout the semester students will perform and arrange original songs with extensive rehearsal time on each song. There will be a performance at the end of the semester with a polished set featuring the students' original material. The assigned/selected faculty is responsible for mentoring the lead student in their directorial role, and assisting students with coordinating equipment and/or performance needs with the Ensemble Department and/or College, as necessary.

The directed study application process is as follows:

  • Attend mandatory directed study meeting held during each midterm week
  • Complete online application
  • Complete detailed proposal
  • Audition and assemble a full band
Written approval of course chair
Required Of
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Chair
Sean Skeete
Taught By
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