Music Performance Program

I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same result.
-Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer and Musician

What is Music Performance?

Music Performance is the process of translating musical ideas into a worthwhile and, often, transforming experience for an audience of any size. Regardless whether it’s voice or instrumental, classical or contemporary, music requires harmony, rhythm and melody to retain a listener’s engagement. A foundation in music fundamentals provides singers and musicians with the ability to turn their talent into a skill that can be applied to further study, teaching or performing.

Macomb’s Music Performance Program

In Macomb’s Music Performance Program, you will study written harmonic, melodic and rhythmic structures, and sacred and secular masterpieces in choral literature. You will learn about harmonic progressions involving all diatonic triads, instrumental writing, free voicing and altered chords. You will practice and perform with a jazz ensemble and have private instruction in voice or instrumental.

Music Performance Courses at Macomb

In the Music Performance Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your musical focus, including:

  • Theory 1-3
  • Ear Training 1-3
  • Piano 1 & 2
  • Concert Choir
  • Jazz Lab Band
    • Alto Sax
    • Tenor Sax
    • Baritone Sax
    • Trumpet
    • Trombone
    • Electric Bass
    • Drums
    • Guitar
    • Piano
  • Applied Music
    • Piano
    • Organ
    • Voice
    • Brasswinds
    • Woodwinds
    • Percussion
    • Strings
    • Classical Guitar
  • Music History & Literature to 1750
  • Music History & Literature Since 1750
  • Jazz Improvisation

Career Opportunities with a Certificate in Music Performance

With a certificate in Music Performance, you will be qualified for positions that include music director, composer and musician.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Music Performance Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Music Performance Program?

For more information about the Music Performance Program at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean at Center Campus, 586.286.2282,
or at South Campus: 586.445.7354,

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