Elective Courses

Already enrolled? Electives can be added at any time!

(email cmc@duq.edu to add electives)

Elective Course Options

*If you're new to City Music Center and just want to try a class or two, you can take elective courses a la carte.
Registration is $250 each class for the academic year.

Beginning Guitar (Saturdays Online 1:00-1:45pm)
     Instructor | Ben Meyer

Learn to play the guitar in a fun and engaging group class. Participants learn to read chord symbols, TAB, and standard music notation. *You must have your own guitar to participate in this class.

Composition & Songwriting (Saturdays Online 11:00-11:45am)
     Instructor | Brian Buckley

Immerse yourself in the music of master composers by exploring the life and works of a different composer each month. Applying the analytical and theoretical skills developed in musicianship, students will identify the key characteristics that make each composer's music distinct. Students will then compose short musical works in imitation of that composer's style and technique. By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to synthesize an array of compositional approaches into their own unique and emerging style.

Prerequisite: minimum one year in Musicianship III.

History of Musical Theater (Saturdays Online 12:00-12:45pm)
     Instructor | Brian Buckley

Explore the rich and colorful world of musical theater while tracing the historical events and cultural threads that weave their way into the music of the Broadway Stage.

Jazz Theory & Practice (Saturdays Online 10:00-10:55am)
     Instructor | Ken Foley

Enjoy exploring and expressing your jazz side! This course dives into a variety of styles within the jazz genre in theoretical and practical settings. Participants work weekly developing skills for composing, improvising, and communicating musically with classmates.

Music Technology Concepts (Saturdays Online 1:00-1:45pm)
      Instructor | Ryan McMasters

Explore and discuss the realm of producing music. Dive into topics such as mixing and mastering, using plug-ins to shape sound, working with virtual instruments within MIDI sequences, and much more. This introductory course is recommended for anyone looking for a comprehensive technology overview.