Music Education

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Craig C. Peterson

Residential Faculty - Music

480-461-7164

This program is part of the Music Department.

Music Education

It is possible to have a career in music. Imagine that. If you already have, welcome. The first step on your journey to a career in music begins in the Music Education program at MCC.

The Music Education program at MCC is designed for the student seeking a four-year degree in music education at the primary and secondary levels. Our program provides you with fundamental musical skills covering a variety of topics, including theory, performance, composition, conducting, methods, and history. You’ll complete four semesters of theory and aural perception, piano and private instruction, large ensemble performances, and the general studies you need for transferring. Upon completion, you’ll have the option to transfer to the state universities or the on-campus partnership with Ottawa University for your four-year degree.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificates

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Music Education program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Beginning Piano Pedagogy
Certificate of Completion CCL Intermediate Piano Pedagogy
Academic Certificate AC Electronic Music

Transfers

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Music Education program
At MCC, get an... Specialize in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts Music Performance and Education, Instrumental Emphasis Ottawa University Secondary Education - Music (Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Music Secondary Education (Instrumental - Emphasis) (Bachelor of Music Education)
Associate in Arts Music Performance and Education, Vocal/Choral Emphasis Ottawa University Secondary Education - Music (Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Music Secondary Education (Choral - Emphasis) (Bachelor of Music Education)
Arizona State University Music Education (BMUS) (Bachelor of Music)

Career Opportunities

The Music Education program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $76,460
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,800
Music Directors and Composers $37,280
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Music Education program is available through the Music department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.