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Music Department Mission Statement
The purpose of the music program at Concordia is to prepare students to become knowledgeable and skilled musicians who conduct themselves in a professional manner with an understanding of vocation and a commitment to service.
I am Scott Agster, the Jazz Band director at Concordia University in St. Paul. As a jazz educator and musician, my job is to prepare students to critically listen to a wide range of commercial styles, to teach them techniques to prepare for group performance and improvisation, and to prepare them for a commercial performance environment. Building upon this philosophy, I have structured the semester around improvisation instruction, exploration of different musical genres, master classes with local guest artists, and performance opportunities. I have integrated my own personal playing experiences within the Twin Cities into the course repertoire by arranging songs specifically for the class instrumentation. My goal for the instrumental students participating in Jazz Band is to gain the skills necessary to develop future musical outlets within their local music scene.