Since the founding of Midland College’s Allison Fine Arts Building in 1978, our music program has offered a full range of courses and performing opportunities. The Department of Music welcomes students from any field of study to participate in one or more of our music ensembles, history, appreciation, instrumental, theory and/or vocal music courses.
Whether you are considering Music as a career, coming to the study of music for the first time or are just looking for opportunities to play music, we have professional, caring and dedicated music faculty members ready to help you realize your musical ambitions.
Among the advantages of attending MC is the opportunity to receive weekly music lessons on an instrument or voice from a member of our outstanding music faculty. Currently, we offer private one-on-one instruction in voice, guitar, piano, brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion. Whether an accomplished performer or beginner musician, any student can enroll in a music lesson.
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Music Scholarships are available to all qualified MC students, regardless of major.
Students interested in private instruction (lessons) are automatically considered
for scholarship. Students interested in ensemble performance must audition for scholarship
consideration. To date, MC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars in
music scholarships to new and continuing students.
Performing Ensemble Scholarships
These are the most generous scholarships awarded by the Department of Music. Qualified students interested in a Performance Ensemble Scholarship, must complete an audition for the music faculty and enroll in the specified ensemble.
Students choose their own audition selections but those selections should adhere to the following:
- Prepare two selections that differ in style and tempo
- Selections do not need to be memorized
- Selections should be appropriate to the expected age, maturity and musical ability of an incoming collegiate student
The selections should represent the student’s serious consideration of the audition process.
Music Lesson Scholarships
Qualified students, enrolling in Music Lessons are automatically considered for music
scholarship. No audition is necessary.
Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal
The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.
If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student
needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete
the general scholarship application.
How to Apply
- Complete current year FAFSA or TASFA applications
- Register for 6+ credit hours towards a degree or certification
- Minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher each semester
For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.
- Concert Band
- Jazz Band
From Bach to Bebop, Mozart to Motown or Rachmaninoff to Rock and Roll, the performing ensembles of Midland College bring to life both the music you know and the music that’s new to you.
For students wishing to participate in any one of the instrumental ensembles but who are without a personal instrument, we have a complete line of Conn-Selmer instruments available for use.
There are no course prerequisites to enroll in any ensemble. However, previous experience in a high school, church or collegiate program is necessary.
An audition is required for scholarship.
In 2010, Midland College became the fourth community college in the nation to be named an All-Steinway School. As an institution with this designation, we provide students, whether in the practice room or on the performance stage, the best equipment possible for the study of music.
In 2012, the Music Department reached another milestone and became the first community college in the world to be named a Conn-Selmer School. Once again, providing the very best instruments and equipment for the study of music.
Center for Music Technology and Creativity (CMTC)
In 2009, a generous gift from Isabel and Bryce McClintic Rea, established the CMTC, a state-of-the-art music lab available to all Midland College music students. The CMTC’s digital technology includes Roland HP-307 pianos and computer workstations equipped with a Roland PRELUDE keyboard, Bose speaker system, PreSonus Audio Interface and PC configured for real-time recording. Software installed on the workstations include, Alfred Essentials of Music, AudioBox, AudioScore Ultimate 6, Band-in-a-Box, Music Ace Maestro, PhotoScore Ultimate 6, Sibelius 6 and Steinberg Sequel 2.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
The Wagner & Brown Auditorium is the Music Department’s primary space for performance. Located in the Allison Fine Arts building, the auditorium seats 250 and is complemented by two Steinway concert grand pianos; a nine-foot Model D (named Romero by the donor, F. Marie Hall) and a seven-foot Model B. Both pianos are kept in impeccable performance shape.
The auditorium hosts the performances of all Midland College Music Department ensembles, guest artists, music workshops, master classes, recitals and local/state music competitions. In 2018, an audio/video renovation was completed. The renovation included new line array speakers, subwoofers, Epson 1080p HD projector, Sharp 60” 1080p HDTV monitor, three Sony PTZ cameras and all necessary video switching, recording and streaming equipment.
The Wagner & Brown Auditorium is now a state-of-the-art facility, allowing any presentation, performance and/or lecture to be recorded, edited for later broadcast or streamed for complete access..
Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students with transferring to a university. Our curriculum maps, located in the catalog, provide a guided path for general transfer to our top five receiving institutions; however, your Pathways Advisor can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact your Pathways Advisor for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.
- In 2013, Midland College became the first community college in the world to be designated a Conn-Selmer School.
- In 2010, the Department of Music became the first music program in the Permian Basin to incorporate PianoDisc technology into its grand pianos.
- In 2010, Midland College became the first institution in West Texas and the fourth community college in the nation to be designated an All-Steinway School.
- In 2009, the Department of Music opened the Permian Basin’s most advanced music lab to date, the Bryce and Isabel McClintic Rea Center for Music Technology and Creativity.
Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.
"A Night at the Movies"
The Chap Choir singers happily present their Spring 2020 concert (which was cancelled by COVID) via short film. Enjoy!
Click the "Ensembles" link (above) to learn more about music performance ensembles at Midland College.
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