2012-2013 Student Catalog 
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2012-2013 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Certificate

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:     Certificate
HEGIS Code:             5610
SUNY Code:              0900
Major Code:              MUSC

The Career

The Music certificate is designed for those who wish to develop their musicianship and explore an academic program in music. It provides students the opportunity to assess their musical skill and explore the college-learning environment. The program offers practical application in music composition, ear-training, sight-singing and basic piano skills and develops understanding of European classical music as well as American popular music. Courses offer hands-on approach to writing, understanding and demonstrating concepts in music and the experience of college-level academic course work.

The NCCC Approach

The Music certificate offers a seamless transfer into the NCCC two-year Associate in Science Music degree. Both the certificate and degree programs require two semesters of written theory, aural and keyboard skills and music history. The certificate also fulfills three of 10 areas of general education: the Arts, 1/2 of the Basic Communication – ENG 101, Humanities – MUS 117, and possibly a fourth through advisement. The Associate in Science degree program at NCCC focuses on performance and preparation for audition into a baccalaureate program in music. For more information about this program call the Music Department at 716-614-5965 or the NCCC Admissions Office at 716-614-6200.


Students are admitted in September and January. Prospective students are not required to audition for acceptance into the Music certificate program.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Develop musicianship and assess personal skill
  • Explore an academic program in music within the college learning environment
  • Prepare for seamless transfer into the Associate in Science Music degree (optional)

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify, distinguish and notate written and aural elements of music theory.
  • Discuss compositional techniques in all musical style periods.
  • Describe characteristics of historical music time periods.
  • Describe characteristics of major composers.
  • Sight-read and perform simple piano compositions in major and minor keys.

Program Requirements (MUSC)

  1. A total of at least 30 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
  2. Music: A minimum of 21 credit hours consisting of:
    MUS 117 - Music History & Repertoire I 
    MUS 118 - Music History & Repertoire II 
    MUS 133 - American Popular Music 
    MUS 171 - Written Theory I 
    MUS 172 - Written Theory II 
    MUS 181 - Aural and Keyboard Skills I 
    MUS 182 - Aural and Keyboard Skills II 
  3. Humanities: A minimum of 6 credit hours
    ENG 101 - Writing I 
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 
  4. A minimum of 3 credit hours of recommended electives


Typical Program

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

Ruth J. McDonald Music Scholarship