Music Performance

Three ways our music program prepares you to transfer to top-rate music schools.

Monroe Community College’s music performance A.S. program offers an excellent academic, studio and performance experience that combine to build a solid foundation for transfer to a four-year program.

A low student to faculty ratio and outstanding music lab give you room to grow creatively and fully develop your talent. Various clubs and college productions let you explore your interests and meet other students with the same passion for music.

Recent graduates have entered bachelor’s degree programs at several fine schools, including:

  • SUNY

    • Fredonia
    • Geneseo
    • New Paltz
    • Potsdam
    • Oneonta

  • Eastman School of Music
  • Nazareth College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • University of Miami

MCC music performance graduates have gone on to rewarding careers as performance artists, composers, music teachers, music therapists, and studio musicians.

Learn While You Play

The music performance associate degree curriculum at MCC includes a balance of courses to help you gain musical knowledge and develop a particular music skill. In student organizations and ensembles you’ll have many opportunities to perform in public. You’ll be well prepared to transfer, earn a baccalaureate degree in music and thrive in a music career.

Many local and regional employers look for well-educated and accomplished musicians, including:

  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Geva Theatre
  • Recording studios
  • Nightclubs
  • Mary Cariola Children’s Center
  • Schools in Monroe and surrounding counties
  • Human services agencies

You could start your career with one of these job titles:

  • Vocalist
  • Composer
  • Session musician
  • Orchestra member

To complete your associate degree in two years, you should have vocal or instrumental performance experience and be able to read music.

To find out more about the music performance associate degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.

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MUSIC PERFORMANCE

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 50.0903
MCC Program Code: MU01
NYSED Code (BRI): 93094

Description
This course of study is recommended for students who plan to transfer and earn the baccalaureate degree with a major in music. It provides basic preparation for a career in music. In the program, a balance is maintained between courses dealing with general musical knowledge and those courses designed to develop a particular music skill. A variety of performing organizations provide students with ensemble experience and with opportunities for public performances. Students will also be required to take a minimum of 15 one-hour lessons each semester. The cost of lessons is not included in MCC tuition. Recommended Preparation: Students who plan to complete this course of study in two years should have experience in vocal or instrumental performance and reading music. Entering students must prepare two contrasting pieces for a music area audition. To find out about audition dates, please contact the department secretary at 292-2047.
(Housed in the Visual and Performing Arts Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Analyze theoretical structures of written music
2) Explain theoretical structures of aural music
3) Perform with proficiency on their primary instrument (which may include voice)
4) Perform with functional proficiency selected musical techniques and compositions on piano
5) Sight sing or sight read on an instrument accurately from printed music with respect to pitch and rhythm
6) Transcribe music accurately with respect to pitch and rhythm through repeated hearings
7) Perform collaboratively in an ensemble
8) Describe selected styles of music for form and/or content and/or instrumentation as it developed throughout the history of written music

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC). Experience in vocal or instrumental performance and reading music recommended. Audition required.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MAJOR PERFORMING ORGANIZATION** 1
MUS 109 Music Theory I4
MUS 126 Applied Piano Minor I1
MUS 151 Private Lessons/Perform Class 2
MUS 159 Aural Skills I 1
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION 2
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY***, OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total 17
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
MAJOR PERFORMING ORGANIZATION** 1
MUS 110 Music Theory II 4
MUS 127 Applied Piano Minor II 1
MUS 151 Private Lessons/Perform Class 2
MUS 160 Aural Skills II 1
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE - MTH 150 or higher3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - ELECTIVE+3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
LITERATURE ELECTIVE 3
MUS 201 History of Music I 3
MUS 151 Private Lessons/Perform Class 2
MUS 226 Applied Piano Minor III 1
MUS 209 Music Theory III4
MUS 259 Aural Skills III1
MAJOR PERFORMING ORGANIZATION** 1
Total 15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
MAJOR PERFORMING ORGANIZATION**1
MUS 151 Private Lessons/Perform Class2
MUS 202 History of Music II 3
MUS 210 Music Theory IV4
MUS 227 Applied Piano Minor IV1
MUS 260 Aural Skills IV 1
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS62

Students should be aware of the course requirements of the college to which they plan to transfer.

* A minimum of 15 lessons are required per semester. Cost of lessons is not included in MCC tuition.
** Major Performing Organization include: MUS 108, MUS 114, MUS 140, MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 145, MUS 146.
*** If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from HIS 111, HIS 112. If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240; HSM 103; POS 102.
+ Select any course from any area in the SUNY General Education Course Plan.
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