Music Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College
Raise your voice and let your musical talent be heard in this top program.
Have you ever wanted to sing on stage? Compose the soundtrack for a film?
An associate degree in arts in music could help you to do both. At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll develop skills in music theory and performance with an emphasis on vocal, keyboard and instrumental music.
You’ll take courses in applied music and music literature, study performance techniques, harmony and analysis and the evolution of musical history and form.
After graduation, you can transfer to a four-year college or university and eventually pursue a career in teaching, performing, composing, arranging, music ministry or even music therapy.
All you need to enter this program is a little self-confidence and a lot of creativity.
Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.
OCCC’s Modern Facilities Will Lead You Into the Spotlight
At Oklahoma City Community College, you'll find modern facilities which include a Kurzweil Electronic Piano Laboratory with individual MIDI stations, individual practice rooms, and a 250-seat theatre for recitals and ensemble performances.
We have grand pianos from Baldwin, Kawai and Yamaha as well as a recently acquired Steinway.
Also on campus are two recording studios featuring a:
- State-of-the-art digital audio workstation (ProTools & Logic), acoustically isolated tracking and control rooms, custom lighting, stereo and 5.1 monitoring systems and a locker of high-end microphones.
A new 1,100-seat theatre will open in late 2013 or early 2014.
Most importantly, you'll be taught by faculty who are truly dedicated to helping you achieve your scholastic goals.
In addition, as a music student at Oklahoma City Community College, you'll have a variety of opportunities to gain experience through performing. Groups participate in activities both on and off campus throughout the year. Currently, OCCC-sponsored performing groups include:
- Chamber Singers. Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of singers and instrumentalists who perform contemporary musical repertoire. Membership is by audition and scholarships are awarded to those selected. High school seniors who plan to attend Oklahoma City Community College and are interested in trying out for Chamber Singers should contact the music department at the end of the spring term to arrange an audition.
- Symphonic Choir. This is a community-based choral group intended to serve the needs of a wide variety of persons, from the experienced singer to the interested, music-loving amateur. No audition is required for membership; however, the ability to match pitches is expected. One or two public performances will be given during each semester. You will experience a wide range of repertoire and learn good vocal techniques as you enjoy singing.
- Jazz Ensemble. Oklahoma City Community College’s two Jazz Ensembles are select groups of instrumentalists who rehearse and perform standard jazz repertoire. The groups perform regularly on campus and in the community. Participation in competitions such as the Wichita Jazz Festival are also a part of the ensemble’s activities. Membership is by audition.
- Guitar Ensemble. Comprised of students, faculty and staff, the Guitar Ensemble performs interpretations of classical music arranged for guitar. Performances are scheduled throughout the year at a variety of events. Membership is by audition.
Music Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in arts in music.
After completing this associate degree program, it’s best to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. However, an associate degree in music can still open up many job opportunities.
Music Classes at Oklahoma City Community College
At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll take the following courses if you major in music:
- Music Theory I, II, III, and IV
- Concert Choir
- Individual or Group Instruction
- Music Appreciation
- Music Literature I and II
Professor of Music
Michael Boyle joined the faculty of OCCC in 2006. He holds degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati (performance) and Southern Illinois University (orchestral conducting). He performs regularly in the Oklahoma City area in both the Classical and Jazz idioms. A contemporary music lover, he has premiered works by Sydney Hodkinson, Allen Sapp, Norman Dinnerstein, Frank Proto, Phillip Meade, and Joshua Haas. As a bassist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati, London, Paris, Salzburg, Venice, and Munich. In addition, Boyle spent 14 years working as an Executive Chef in fine dining nationwide.
Professor of Music
Ron is in his seventh year as the Professor of Music at Oklahoma City Community College. He had been the Vocal Music Teacher at Del City High School for the past 35 years. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 42 years. They have two sons Scott and Michael, Daughters-in-law, Angela and Marcy and four wonderful grandchildren, Cole, Cael, Kennedy, and Benjamin.
About 35 percent of all musicians, singers and entertainers work part time, usually on nights and weekends. Many are able to find jobs in cities in which entertainment and recording activities are concentrated, such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Nashville, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Others are employed by religious organizations and performing arts companies, such as professional orchestras, chamber music groups, opera companies, musical theater companies and ballet troupes. Musicians and singers also perform in nightclubs and restaurants and for weddings and other events.
Are you ready to hit the right notes with your career in music? Complete your online community college admissions application today!