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PLU Student Perspectives: Trevor talks Music

March 26, 2020


(piano music) – Hi all, my name is Trevor Kytola, I use he/him/his pronouns
and I’m a sophomore music education major here at PLU. Today we’re going to show
you the Mary Baker Russell Music Center as well as
talk about all things music department. Our first stop here on my right your left is going to be our amphitheater. Here our events like Jazz
Under the Stars happen, as well as student
performances from our a capella groups on campus. As a whole, PLU has 17 ensembles and offers over 150 concerts each year. There are many ways to get
involved with music at PLU and we’ll talk about a few of them today. Here on the second level of MBR is where all our practice rooms are. At PLU students practice
through all hours of the day, and usually for their private lessons. At PLU any student can take
private lessons in any medium and you don’t even have
to be a music major or in an ensemble to participate. As well as having our practice rooms, a lot of professor and
faculty offices are here. I really love PLU because our professors are required to have office hours and they’re really accessible to students. In addition to this, a
lot of our professors are still performing themselves and have a lot of great insight
to the performance realm. Here we are in MBR 322, one
of our largest rehearsal spaces on campus. Ensembles that rehearse in here are our University Jazz Ensemble,
Jazz Combos, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble, and I’ve
actually used this space to rehearse operas in before. One of my favorite parts
about being a music education major at PLU is that they don’t
ask you to stop performing and they in fact ask you to
keep honing in on your craft. In addition to that, a
lot of our student clubs will meet here in 322, including
American Choral Directors Association, Collegiate
Washington Music Educators Association, Opera Club,
and many more music clubs in between. Next up we have MBR 306 which is our choral rehearsal space on campus. At PLU we have four main choral ensembles: our two mixed groups, Choir of the West and University Chorale;
our Soprano Alto group, University Singers; & our Tenor
Bass group, Knights Chorus. In addition to this,
we do have chapel choir that meets two times a
week, hand bell choir which meets once a week,
and two a capella ensembles, Harmonic and Plutonic, respectively. For all choral ensembles at PLU, you do not have to be a
music major to participate. In addition to being a rehearsal space, 306 also doubles as a classroom. All music majors of all
types, including musical arts, performance, education, et
cetera take the music core. At PLU the music core is
classes like ear training, keyboarding, theory, music history, and then students can choose
specialization classes such as conducting, pedagogy,
or even music in culture. And finally, here we are
in Lagerquist Concert Hall, the center of all music in MBR. Among other things, today
we talked about the fact that you don’t have to be a music major to be involved in ensembles or lessons. We have so many amazing
rehearsal spaces available to us at PLU, and we
talked a little bit about the music core and what it
means to be a music major. If you have any more
questions, please leave them in a comment below, and be sure to like and subscribe on this video. My name is Trevor and I
hope to see you at PLU soon. (piano music)

1 Comment

  • Reply Tim March 26, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    amazing video you deserve more subscribers

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