Whether you are interested in participating in music while pursuing another area of study or a career in music, your talent in music can reach full expression at MCC. While one thinks of performing as the career for those who study music, there are many other musical career opportunities including education, composition, and audio engineering.
We offer nearly 40 courses and hundreds of classes for everyone - from beginners to music majors. Courses offered include, but are not limited to Music Appreciation, Evolutions of Jazz, Music of the World's Cultures and Music Theory.
Ensemble opportunities are available on campus or in partnership with local arts organizations. These ensembles include choral ensembles, orchestras, concert bands and jazz bands. Ensemble membership requires the consent of the instructor.
Private Instruction offers a weekly one-on-one lesson between the student and the teacher. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to experienced musicians. Your instructor will work with you at your level. Not all campuses offer private instruction in the same areas. Check with the campus to see what is offered. If you would like to take Private Instruction, you need to enroll in either MUSI 130-Private Instruction I (one-credit hour) or MUSI 131-Private Instruction I (two-credit hours).
MCC-Blue River offers a partnership with the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City. Approximately 50 musicians from the Kansas City area and Metropolitan Community College breathe life into a wide variety of choral music.
String students who enroll in orchestra through MCC-Blue River play in the Heritage Philharmonic, a community orchestra whose membership consists of professional, community and college student musicians.
The music department at MCC-Longview houses an advanced MAC/PC lab that uses technology to aid learning of reading music, theory, ear training and piano skills.
The MCC-Longview music department has soundproof practice rooms available for private instruction students to practice and prepare their music.
MCC-Maple Woods offers several partnerships with area ensembles.
Students who enroll in Concert Band or Choir through MCC-Maple Woods participate in those ensembles at William Jewell College.
String students who enroll in orchestra through MCC-Maple Woods play in the Northland Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra whose membership consists of professional, community and college student musicians.
MCC-Penn Valley offers courses in Jazz Improvisation as well as Jazz ensembles.
MCC students who participate in Jazz offerings through MCC-Penn Valley benefit from strong relationships with the Duke Ellington Legacy, the American Jazz Museum, the 18th & Vine District and area Jazz clubs.
MCC-Penn Valley hosts two annual festivals: Jazz in the Valley in fall and the 18th and Vine Jazz Festival each spring.
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Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.
We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.
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Our music program is built around the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. This degree gives you a solid two-year background in general education courses that can transfer to a four-year institution. It also allows additional hours of elective courses that let you home in on your specific musical interests.