At Southwestern College, Music is a comprehensive and multi-faceted discipline where students can explore the varied fields of music that interest them. Music theory provides students with an opportunity to study the fundamentals of music in the Western tradition. This includes notation, melody, harmony, rhythm and form. Music performance allows students to develop their technical and expressive skills as a vocalist or instrumentalist in ensembles that include choir, symphony orchestra, band, jazz/vocal jazz, mariachi and gospel. In music appreciation, students can learn history and develop critical listening skills in Western classical music, global music, as well as jazz, rock and pop.