MCC’s Music Studies degree program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM.) As the only two-year music degree program in Connecticut, MCC is among over 650 music institutions across the country that follow required standards and guidelines regarding the selection and content of the course in the curriculum. The music faculty brings extensive experience, understanding of and sensitivity to the community college student. Students completing the program gain knowledge and skills required for direct employment in music-related careers (i.e. music retail, faith-based music worship services) or foundational music courses towards the completion of a baccalaureate degree in the music profession.
The Music Studies program also serves an ever-expanding population of diverse students seeking personal enjoyment in the study of music. Students may enroll in the program full or part time.
Current articulation agreements are with Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Bridgeport, Hartt School of Music, and University of Hartford. MCC music Students have also been accepted at Central Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut with success in passing music auditions and satisfying music theory placement course requirements.
Students transferring from music programs including NASM accredited institutions must undergo a music audition and theory placement exam to verify the knowledge and skills obtained from music theory courses taken at the prior institution.
The music curriculum includes courses comparable to the first two-years of area baccalaureate music degree programs. Courses include:
- Music Theory
- Ear Training
- Group Piano
- Private Music Instruction
- Music Master Classes
- Music History
- Performance Ensembles
Music Electives include: Intro to Music Education, Intro to Conducting, Electronic Music Composition, Language for Singers, Beginning Voice, Beginning Guitar, and Beginning Piano.
The music program also offers courses for the general college community to fulfill general education requirements and for personal enrichment.
Proper advisement prior to entering the music studies program guarantees success in completing the degree. In compliance with the National Association for Schools of Music (NASM) accrediting standards, students interested in pursuing the MCC’s Music Studies A.A. Degree Program are required to audition to determine their level of instrumental or vocal music proficiency. Auditions must be in persona and are scheduled for 30 minutes. Students are required to perform scales and two contrasting compositions..
The audition process, application and scheduled dates can be found on the Music Studies web page under Audition Information: https://www.manchestercc.edu/offices/academic-affairs/divisions/liberal-arts/music/audition-information/. Students who indicate prior theory instruction may have the option to be tested and receive credit for Music Theory, Ear Training, and Group Piano courses.
For any questions, please contact Dr. Deborah Simmons, Program Coordinator. (email@example.com or 860-512-2674)