KOKOMO, Ind. — Student musicians will earn college credit at an increased tempo, in partnership with Indiana University Kokomo.
The campus recently approved dual-credit advanced band classes to be offered at Noblesville High School.
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management, said the dual credit program not only gives the high school students a chance to earn credit toward an undergraduate degree, but allows IU Kokomo to showcase its growing music program.
“We felt like exposing these students to a college campus, and giving them a real college experience, was an important component of this partnership,” he said. “The students will earn IU credit at little to no cost to them, and can begin to understand and appreciate the rigor associated with a college-level course.
“This allows us to meet a need in our region, and show students who otherwise might not have had IU Kokomo on their radar all the great opportunities we have here, especially in the fine arts.”
Gambill commended Noblesville leaders for their efforts to provide advanced opportunities for students.
Noblesville High School Principal Jeff Bryant said, “as a community recognized nationally for music education, we are particularly excited to partner with IU Kokomo to be the first high school in the state to offer this type of dual-credit arrangement in advanced music. This new option will continue to enhance our dual-credit offerings for students, providing a head start on their college careers while saving money.”
The advanced band classes will be taught by Eric Thornbury, director of bands, who meets the Indiana Higher Learning Commission’s requirements for teaching college level courses. Students also will attend a campus orientation and rehearsals, and perform a concert or recital in IU Kokomo’s Havens Auditorium.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.