Amarillo College Music Major Handbook
Amarillo College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. We currently offer an Associate of Science degree in Music and it is designed to transfer to any four-year public institution in the state of Texas.
As a music student at Amarillo College, you have free access to the Naxos online recordings library. This gives you access to over 30,000 discs and more than 450,000 tracks of musical selections for listening from your computer or other device. Although the site is primarily a classical music library, other styles of music such as jazz and world music (including American folk music) are also available. To enter the database, follow the link below (DO NOT use Internet Explorer) and then enter your AC credentials:
NAXOS has an app available through the App Store and Google Play. Use the AC activation code in the music major handbook or given to you by your instructor to sign in through the app.
Music Lab/Piano Lab
The department has a media collection including over 1,000 compact discs, more than 500 videos (including live opera productions), and thousands of LP recordings, plus music encyclopedias, reference scores, and other music reference materials. Students are encouraged to spend time in the Music Lab familiarizing themselves with these resources. The piano lab provides student access to keyboards, computers, and ProTools, PianoMarvel, and Finale software. The Music Lab is located in MB 201A and the Piano Lab in MB 203. Hours for both are M-F, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM.
Amarillo College Main Library
Amarillo College students may use all the facilities in the library’s two branches, Lucille King Lynn Library on the Washington Street campus (located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons) and the West Campus Library (located in Amarillo Public Library’s Northwest branch). computer workstations provide access to the World Wide Web. Over 78,000 electronic books and over 20,000 full-text periodicals in many individual disciplines are available at the library, work, or home through the library’s Web page. In addition to access to the Naxos library, the Amarillo College library is an incredible resource for academic research, career exploration, and current topics in music subjects.
Vocal, Hearing and Neuromusculoskeletal Health Information
The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have developed a comprehensive overview of neuromusculoskeletal, vocal and hearing health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music. Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM. The following links address the risk of noise-induced hearing loss, neuromusculoskeletal and vocal injury—all of which are widespread and serious public health issues for musicians and others.
MUAP Independent Study courses include one 30-minute lesson with minimum three outside practice hours required per week (1 hour credit) or one 60-minute lesson with minimum six outside practice hours required per week (2 hour credit), with an emphasis on basic technique and musicianship for the topic determined by the needs/desires of the individual student and the instructor in the area of specialization. Independent study should be approved by the supervising faculty and the Music Department Chair before the first class meeting.
Stress Management Group For Students
Attending college can be very stressful. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 30 percent of college students reported feeling "so depressed that it was difficult to function" at some time during the previous year. The AC Family can help our students by sharing an important new resource: Success Over Stress, a stress management support group.
Beginning Thursday September 1, and facilitated by AC psychology professor Dr. Alan Kee, the group will continue to meet Thursdays, 12:00 noon to 12:50 PM through the fall semester, on the Washington Street Campus, in Dutton Hall, room 201.
For more information, contact Promise Garrison at 806-371-5191.
Student Counseling Center
The Student Counseling Center is located on the Washington Street Campus Student Services Center (SSC 226, 236 & 237). The center will operate Monday through Friday, 12 PM – 5 PM.
All services are free and confidential.
For more information, visit https://www.actx.edu/counseling/