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

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

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
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher***
3
MUS 109 Music Theory I
4
MUS 126 Applied Piano Minor I
1
MUS 151 Music Performance and Lessons*
2
MUS 159 Aural Skills I
1
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
1
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
MUS 110 Music Theory II
4
MUS 118 Broadway Musicals OR
MUS 120 Jazz in American Society
3
MUS 127 Applied Piano Minor II
1
MUS 151 Music Performance and Lessons*
2
MUS 160 Aural Skills II
1
MUS 253 Music Business
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
1
MCC GENERAL ELECTIVE - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
2
Second Semester Total:
17
THIRD SEMESTER
MUS 119 Music in World Cultures
3
MUS 151 Music Performances and Lessons*
2
MUS 201 History of Music I
3
MUS 209 Music Theory III
4
MUS 226 Applied Piano Minor III
1
MUS 259 Aural Skills III
1
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
1
Third Semester Total:
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
MUS 151 Music Performance and Lessons*
2
MUS 202 History of Music II
3
MUS 210 Music Theory IV
4
MUS 227 Applied Piano Minor IV
1
MUS 260 Aural Skills IV
1
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE
3-4
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**
1
Fourth Semester Total:
15-16
TOTAL CREDITS
62-63
* A minimum of 15 lessons are required per semester. Cost of lessons is not included in MCC tuition.
**Choose from MUS 108, 114, 140, 141, 145, 146.
*** MTH 150 or any other SUNY-M course with a higher number.

Revised: 8/1/2018
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