Music

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The curriculum of Kellogg Community College’s Music Program is designed to provide a strong foundation for students planning to transition into a four-year college or university music program. KCC’s program also offers numerous opportunities for students who simply want to improve their musical skills.

KCC offers an Associate in Arts degree with a concentration in Music and certificates in Music Enrichment and Sacred Music. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Music Program, see:

Associate in Arts: Music Concentration

KCC’s Associate in Arts degree is designed for students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution, and the requirements for the degree are designed to fulfill general education learning outcomes requirements. Although not technically a music degree, students can pursue a music concentration, as outlined below.

Students pursuing an Associate in Arts degree at KCC must earn a minimum of 62 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and at least 24 of those credits must be completed at KCC.

Semester I Semester II Semester III Semester IV
MUSI 100: Fundamentals of Music (2 cr.) MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.) MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.) MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.)
MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.) MUSI 112: Individualized Voice Lessons 1 OR MUSI 122: Individualized Piano Lessons 1 OR MUSI 135: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 (2 cr.) MUSI 113: Individualized Voice Lessons 2 OR MUSI 123: Individualized Piano Lessons 2 OR MUSI 136: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 2 (2 cr.) MUSI 114: Individualized Voice Lessons 3 OR MUSI 124: Individualized Piano Lessons 3 OR MUSI 137: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 3 (2 cr.)
MUSI 107: Voice Class (2 cr.) MUSI 130: Music Theory 1 (3 cr.)* MUSI 131: Music Theory 2 (3 cr.)* MUSI 250: Music History 1 (3 cr.)*
MUSI 120: Beginning Piano Class (2 cr.) MUSI 132: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 1 (1 cr.) MUSI 134: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 2 (1 cr.) MUSI 260: Basic Conducting (2 cr.)
MUSI 297: Music Special Topics (2 cr.)

Please note that the courses listed above constitute a sample schedule. While the additional courses needed to achieve the minimum requirement of 62 credit hours are left to the discretion of the student, it is strongly advised that students work with both a KCC academic advisor and KCC Music Program advisor to select the most appropriate courses. See KCC’s Academic Catalog for a more comprehensive list of KCC Music courses and the General Education Core Courses required for the Associate in Arts degree.

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Music Enrichment Certificate

KCC’s Music Enrichment Certificate is a special program designed for students seeking experience and a certificate of completion in music, but who prefer not to pursue a four-year degree. A total of 20 credit hours including the following courses must be completed successfully to fulfill the certificate requirements. No single course may be repeated for more than four credit hours toward completion of the certificate.

Semester I Semester II
MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.) MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.)
MUSI 107: Voice Class (2 cr.) MUSI 113: Individualized Voice Lessons 2 OR MUSI 123: Individualized Piano Lessons 2 OR MUSI 136: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 2 (2 cr.)
MUSI 112: Individualized Voice Lessons 1 OR MUSI 122: Individualized Piano Lessons 1 OR MUSI 135: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 (2 cr.) MUSI 131: Music Theory 2 (3 cr.)*
MUSI 120: Beginning Piano Class (2 cr.) MUSI 134: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 2 (1 cr.)
MUSI 130: Music Theory 1 (3 cr.)* MUSI 250: Music History 1 (3 cr.)*
MUSI 132: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 1 (1 cr.) MUSI 260: Basic Conducting (2 cr.)
MUSI 141: Fundamentals of Music for Teaching (3 cr.)* MUSI 297: Music Special Topics (2 cr.)

Please note that the courses listed above constitute a sample schedule. It is strongly advised that students work with both a KCC academic advisor and KCC Music Program advisor to select the most appropriate courses.

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Sacred Music Certificate

Students who complete KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program will have the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a position as a church choir director, music worship leader or youth music leader. The program can also help current choir directors from non-choral backgrounds enhance their job performance and satisfaction.

Semester I Semester II
HIST 106: Religious History (3 cr.) MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.)
HIST 206 (3 cr.) MUSI 113: Individualized Voice Lessons 2 OR MUSI 123: Individualized Piano Lessons 2 OR MUSI 136: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 2 (2 cr.)
MUSI 105: Kellogg Singers OR MUSI 160: Concert Band OR MUSI 161: Jazz Band (1 cr.) MUSI 131: Music Theory 2 (3 cr.)*
MUSI 107: Voice Class (2 cr.) MUSI 134: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 2 (1 cr.)
MUSI 112: Individualized Voice Lessons 1 OR MUSI 122: Individualized Piano Lessons 1 OR MUSI 135: Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 (2 cr.) MUSI 250: Music History 1 (3 cr.)*
MUSI 120: Beginning Piano Class (2 cr.) MUSI 260: Basic Conducting (2 cr.)
MUSI 130: Music Theory 1 (3 cr.)* MUSI 270: Sacred Choral Literature (3 cr.)
MUSI 132: Aural Comprehension/Music Reading 1 (1 cr.)

Please note that the courses listed above constitute a sample schedule. It is strongly advised that students work with both a KCC academic advisor and KCC Music Program advisor to select the most appropriate courses.

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Sacred Music Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

Students intending to transfer from KCC to another college or university are responsible for planning their courses of study to meet degree requirements at the institution to which they with to transfer.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Music Careers

“A single profession, filled with lots of possibilities!”

Selecting music as a career choice opens the door for many new and exciting possibilities, which may include but are not limited to the areas of teaching, performance, music producing, song writing, music therapy, conducting and beyond. The field of music provides a sense of personal satisfaction, a flexible of schedule and many opportunities for career growth and mobility.

From a business perspective, the training music students receive through the study of the musical arts fosters a sense of creativity, develops critical thinking skills and makes for well-rounded individuals with skills sets sought out by employers. The opportunities for success are endless, but the most significant reward of all is the fact that this career choice provides students with the opportunity to change lives through art.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in music include:

  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music consultant
  • Music journalist
  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Performer
  • Program director
  • Recording engineer
  • Song writer
  • Teacher
  • And more!

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for music careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study Music at KCC?

KCC’s Music Program is built on a cornerstone of creativity and collaboration, and KCC’s students are encouraged to find their best musical selves through artistic exploration. KCC offers opportunities for international travel, performances with major arts organizations, small class sizes and excellent teacher-to-student ratio.

At KCC, students develop the skills necessary to become a successful and well-rounded musicians with the highest level of marketability. At KCC, we believe music is an essential part of the educational process and must be accessible.

Unique Experiences

KCC’s Music Program has offered students countless unique experiences and performance opportunities over the past several years, including:

  • Opening for Take 6 in 2009
  • Opening for Sweet Honey in the Rock in 2010
  • World premiere of “I Dream a World” by Grammy-nominated composer, Peter Boyer
  • Participating in numerous performances with the Battle Creek Symphony
  • Embarking on two international concert tours, one to Ireland and one to Italy
  • Embarking on 10 domestic concert tours throughout the U.S.
  • Participating in several guest artist events and master classes with world-class artists

Vibrant Social Presence

KCC’s Music Program has a robust online presence, highlighting student activities and initiatives via several online and social media platforms including: