Music Department

"The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind." Maria Cristina Mena

Music at OTC offers a wide range of academic and performance opportunities for students wishing to continue their foundational music understanding.  For those new to music as an academic subject, they will learn information necessary to form deeper, more meaningful connections with music as an art form. Courses provide outlets for creating, interpreting, and historically researching music of multiple genres and from multiple cultures around the world. Academic music courses (those without a performance element) include Music of the World, Western Music Appreciation - musical history and interpretation of Europe, non-native North and South America, and post-czarist industrialized Russia, Jazz Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals. Performance and creation based courses include Choir and Chamber Singers, Voice Ensembles, Small Instrumental Ensemble, Class Piano instruction for music majors as well as non-music majors, Guitar I and II as well as periodic offerings of Classical Guitar, and Songwriting. Academic music discussion and academic critiquing of music are skills learned throughout all of our course offerings. These skills provide our students the ability to critically analyze any live performance or recording, giving a broader, deeper connection to the music of their lives, no matter the genre.