Music Performance

Music Performance, A.S. (MU01)

This course of study is recommended for students who are vocalists or instrumentalists majoring in music performance with plans to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree. 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.

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.Please visit the audition process website to learn more.


  • This program must be started in the fall as the courses are offered in succession and not repeated between the fall and spring semesters
  • This is NOT a production program; the emphasis is on performance and students must concentrate on instrumental or vocal music.
  • An audition is required for scholarship consideration. There are few dates for live auditions, which are usually held Monday evenings during the academic year. Video-taped auditions may be uploaded.
  • 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.
  • Students will be required to participate in a vocal or instrumental ensemble each semester.

Careers in the field

Performer, Music Therapist, Music Educator, Composer, Arranger, Arts Administrator, Music Editor, House Manager

Schools to transfer to

SUNY: Fredonia, Geneseo, Potsdam, New Paltz, Oneonta, Buffalo State; Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, CUNY City College, Berklee College of Music, Heidelberg College, Mansfield University, University of Miami

Specific skills learned

Music theory, aural skills, vocal and instrumental skills, small and large ensemble performance, music history, music technology

Coursework enhancement activities available

  • Public performances
  • Student Music Association

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