Music Education

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Contact the Program Director

Craig Peterson

Residential Faculty - Music


This program is part of the Music Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts
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 Degrees 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.


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
Academic Certificate AC Electronic Music
Certificate of Completion CCL Intermediate Piano Pedagogy

Transfer Degree

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 degree options for the Music Education program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Music Music Ottawa University Secondary Education - Music
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Music Secondary Education (Instrumental - Emphasis)
(Bachelor of Music Education)
Northern Arizona University Music Secondary Education (Choral - Emphasis)
(Bachelor of Music Education)
Arizona State University Music Education (BMUS)
(Bachelor of Music)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a certificate within the Music Education program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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.