Music Full-time courses will teach students the essential skills they need to become a successful musician no matter their instruments of choice. New opportunities will open up when they learn the technical knowledge to accelerate their progress towards musical satisfaction and success. By learning the foundations of music deeply, they will learn to develop their own sense of how music works. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to interact with teachers and other students learning necessary terminology and communication. Also, students will have full access to all our high-quality facilities at ICA.
The programs at International Center of Arts include a rigorous core curriculum, instruction on a range of principal instruments, and a wide variety of majors and minors, all taught by our talented, experienced professionals and lovely faculty members.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- In general: Each individual Major lesson, in combination with ear training, harmony, ensemble, arranging,… courses will provide you with a broad-based musical vocabulary, important skills for your major studies, and a well-rounded musical background.
- In specific: (The music will have a variety of subjects as follows)
SUBJECT CREDIT CONTENT Ensemble (2 Credits) 1. Conduct instrumental and vocal music of a variety of styles and genres, including modern music with mixed and odd meters;
2. Express a variety of tempos, articulations, dynamics, phrasing, and expressions through conducting gestures;
3. Understand the standard setups of an orchestra and orchestral score;
4. Analyze scores, including standard transpositions and clefs, and expressive/performance terminology;
5. Make informed interpretive decisions based on score analysis;
6. Anticipate and plan for rehearsal problems based on score analysis; and
7. Develop deep knowledge of some essential repertoire.
Harmony (2 Credits) 1. Develop literacy in the fundamentals of contemporary music theory (note identification, intervals, chord spelling to the 13th, scale construction)
2. Recognize and analyze the basic chord progressions of contemporary popular music in a variety of styles in written form;
3. Express harmonic functions as chord scales and notate them correctly;
4. Reduce a written musical arrangement to a lead sheet using standard chord symbols;
5. Realize harmony represented by standard chord symbols in written form through a variety of voice leading techniques
6. Analyze the harmonic implications of a given melody;
7. Harmonize a given melody in a variety of popular styles; and
Compose an original melody and accompanying chord progressions in a variety of popular styles.
Ear training (2 Credits) 1. Translate music notation into sound and movement, learning to sing and conduct music from notation at sight, accurately and without the aid of an instrument (given only a reference pitch);
2. Translate sounds into notation and musical symbols;
3. Develop accurate inner hearing or musical imagination of pitches, rhythms, and sonorities;
4. Express and integrate their music reading, inner hearing, vocal performance, and instrumental performance, connecting their pitch, rhythm, notation, vocal, instrumental, and movement skills in real time;
5. Analyze musical patterns and relationships and connect them with sounds;
6. Integrate their aural perception of musical relationships, their ability to perform, and their knowledge of music theory;
7. Integrate their ear training skills with expressive performance and creative music-making, including improvisation and composition;
8. Evaluate their own processes for learning and practice, and learn to self-diagnose and prescribe solutions;
Arranging (2 Credits) 1. Develop a practical understanding of the concepts and techniques of writing for rhythm section with and without a lead-line instrument of voice in a variety of contemporary musical styles;
2. Notate music both by hand and with notation software;
3. Analyze scores;
4. Develop high-level harmonic and voicing skills to produce arrangements;
5. Explore the use and integration of MIDI technology and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and lead-line writing;
6. Synthesize various contemporary musical styles and the musical concepts that comprise them;
Music Seminar (1 Credit) Music seminar feature intensive panels, presentations, mentoring sessions, and more. Keyboard skills (2 Credits) Keyboard skills from basic to advance. Major Lesson Classical piano, Jazz Piano, Saxophone, Guitar Bass, Drum,…
Courses are open for everyone with no specific requirements.
” ICA is using corresponding Berklee core curriculum; therefore, we will prepare students to enter other music programs such as Berklee College of Music where they will take the Entering Student Proficiency Assessment (ESPA). The tuition fees students can save is around $40,000 which is almost 1 billion VND.”