FAQs Music

FAQs Music Technology

What does MCC offer in the area of Music Technology?

Mott Community College offers an Associate's Degree and Certificate in Music Technology.

What is the difference between an associate's degree and a certificate?

The associate's degree involves general education courses, such as math, history, and english. The certificate involves only the music technology courses.

Which program, associates or certificate, is right for me?

If you have not yet earned any degree in higher education, then it is recommended that you pursue the associate's degree.

If you already have an associate’s degree in any subject, then it is recommended that you pursue the certificate.

What will having an associate's degree do for me?

An associate’s degree represents the completion of a program. Many employers and educational institutions look for successful applicants that will demonstrate commitment and responsibility if hired. Their judgement may be based on the successful completion of an academic degree. In short, an associate’s degree will reflect more positively on your record than a certificate.

An associate’s degree has a well-rounded course load that includes subjects in many fields in addition to the focus area. This course load exposes to student to different areas, and as a result the student could be adaptable to the changing job market rather than solely focused in one area.

What are other Michigan schools that have programs in music technology?

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Wayne State University - Detroit

How do I sign up for the program?

Contact Dr. Withem (bill.withem@mcc.edu) to express your interest in pursuing the program.

Contact your advisor to declare your major.

How long will the program take?

The degree and/or certificate will take approximately two years to complete.

Which classes do I need to take?

Please click to see the Program Guides for either the associate’s degree or the certificate.

Are there online classes in this program?

There are no online courses at this time.

Will I need to purchase software or a specific kind of computer or laptop?

No, the software and hardware that you will use during the program will be provided.

FAQs Applied Music

What does MCC offer in the area of Applied Music?

Mott Community College offers an Associate Degree of Fine Arts in Music.

Who can be an applied music major?

Anyone with significant playing experience throughout high school who is interested in going into the fields of music education, music performance, or music business, who is proficient on their instrument/voice is welcome to audition as a music major. The A.F.A. degree is not intended for beginners learning an instrument, or someone who played in junior high school and wants to get back in to playing again. However, we can refer you to instructors who teach private lessons, and we have ensembles of varying levels that are open to majors and non-majors. Please contact Dr. Procopio for more information at (810) 232-3491 or mary.procopio@mcc.edu.

Do I need my own instrument to be an applied music major?

Yes. If you are a music major, you should have your own instrument to practice on and perform on. For students with larger instruments (i.e. tuba) we do have school instruments that can be used during rehearsals, if you are unable to get your instrument back and forth to campus. However, it is always best to play on the same instrument in ensemble that you are practicing on at home.

Do I have to audition to participate in the MCC Concert Band or MCC Concert Choir? Do I have to audition to participate in a chamber ensemble?

The MCC Concert Band, Concert Choir, and chamber ensembles are open to students and community members with playing experience. We ask that you contact the appropriate director—Dr. Mary Procopio for instrumental music and Dr. Matthew Packer for vocal music—in order to set up an appointment to meet with them. They will assess your level of playing and let you know which ensemble will best suit your needs.

Why should I attend MCC? What will having an Associates Degree do for me?

At Mott Community College you can receive the same level of quality instruction and take the same classes that you are required to take at a four year institution at a fraction of the cost. Our program is set up to follow the same course outline for the first two years of state and private colleges and universities. You are also receiving instruction from the professors themselves, as opposed to being taught by qualified graduate students.

An associate’s degree represents the completion of a program. Many employers and educational institutions look for successful applicants that will demonstrate commitment and responsibility if hired. Their judgement may be based on the successful completion of an academic degree. In short, an associate’s degree will reflect more positively on your record than a certificate.

An associate’s degree has a well-rounded course load that includes subjects in many fields in addition to the focus area. This course load exposes to student to different areas, and as a result the student could be adaptable to the changing job market rather than solely focused in one area.

How do I sign up for the applied music program?

Contact Dr. Mary Procopio at 810 232 3491 or mary.procopio@mcc.edu to express your interest in pursuing the program. Contact your advisor to declare your major.

How long will the program take to complete?

The A.F.A. in music will take approximately two years to complete.

What classes do I need to take?

Please check the Program Guide for the Associates Degree in Fine Arts-Music. The application process includes completing a music theory placement exam and auditioning for the full-time music faculty on your instrument or voice. As several classes are sequential (theory, aural skills, and piano proficiency), it is very important that you speak to Dr. Procopio or another member of the music faculty as soon as possible in order to be placed in the correct classes. This will ensure that you are able to complete your degree in the two-year time frame allotted.

Are there online classes to this program?

There are no online classes at this time.