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  • SCC-Beatrice offers a wide range of musical experiences for students of all experience levels.

    • Private instruction in piano, voice and guitar gives students an opportunity to develop at their own pace. 
    • Performing groups such as SCC Choir or After the Storm (SCC's select vocal ensemble) provide camaraderie and team building as you prepare music with other dedicated music students.
    • State-of-the-art music technology lab (complete with Musition, Auralia, Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, Sibelius) available to all music students.
    • Introductory courses that fulfill Humanities requirements at most four-year colleges and universities: Introduction to Music (Music Appreciation); Introduction to American Music; World Music; History of Rock Music. (All are offered face-to-face as well as online)
    • Music Theory: Music Theory I, II, III, and IV represent the first two years of college or university-level theory classes. (All are offered face-to-face; Music Theory I is offered online, as well)
    • Choral Music Scholarships, which are available each year, can cover up to three-fourths of your tuition. Apply online.

    For more information:
    Dr. Ken Hoppmann
    Co-Chair, Humanities/Instructor of Music
    4771 West Scott Road
    Beatrice, NE 68310

  • Faculty

    Ms. Debbie DeFrain: Piano, Choir

    Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander: Music History, Music Theory

    Mr. Jeremy Hutson: Guitar

    Dr. Jon Gruett: Choir

    Mrs. Joni Voss: After the Storm, Choir, Voice

    Mrs. Karen Eisenhauer: Voice, Music History

    Dr. Ken Hoppmann: Music Director, Piano, Choir, Music History, Music Theory

    Dr. Svetlana Yashirin: Music History, Music Theory

    Introductory Music Courses

     (For transfer and Humanities requirements.)

     Are you interested in different kinds of music?

    Do you want to learn more about how music reflects society?

    Do you want to take one or two of the most universally transferable music courses ever?    

    Then our Music Appreciation courses are for you!    

    MUSC 1010: Introduction to Music (Music Appreciation): 4.5 credits
    Focuses on musical development of Western European classical music. Get to know some of the big names: Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin!

    MUSC 2750: Introduction to American Music: 4.5 credits
    Traces the fascinating development from the Colonial times to present. Includes pop, country, urban folk, jazz, as well as mainstream 20th century "classical" music.   

    MUSC 2800: Introduction to World Music: 4.5 credits
    Fascinating and broadening, this course examines many different world cultures through the lens of their music. Includes music of India, the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Africa, as well as some aspects of Europe. See the world . . . or at least hear it!

    MUSC 2870: History of Rock Music: 4.5 credits
    Where did our popular music come from, and where is it headed?

    Music Theory Courses

    Do you want to read music better?

    Are you ever unsure of the rhythms you see in your music?

    Do you want to learn more about how and why music works?    

    Then our Music Theory courses are for you! 

    MUSC 1610: Music Theory I: 6 credits
    This is exactly what you need! It will help you understand notation, rhythm, meter, scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, inversion and figured bass. You'll also spend time working on sight singing, dictation and keyboard theory skills.

    MUSC 1620:Music Theory II: 6 credits
    How did composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods handle composition? Focus on chord progressions, cadences, harmonization, and form and learn their time-honored methods!

    MUSC 1630: Music Theory III and MUSC 1640: Music Theory IV: 6 credits each
    Continue working on advanced theory concepts such as secondary dominants, diminished sevenths, augmented sixths, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, and chromatic harmony.

    Performance Courses

     1.5 credits each (courses may be repeated)

     Have you taken private lessons in high school and want to continue in college?

    When someone asks you what your favorite class is, do you enthusiastically shout out "CHOIR!"?

    Would you like to audition for our select vocal group, After the Storm?    

    Then our performance courses are for you!    

    MUSC 1410: College Choir

    MUSC 1430: After the Storm (select vocal ensemble)

    MUSC 1260: Class Piano

    MUSC 1261: Class Guitar

    MUSC 2520: Individual Instruction in Piano (private lessons)

    MUSC 1015: Individual Instruction in Voice (private lessons)

    MUSC 2521: Individual Instruction in Guitar (private lessons)