Applied Music Program

Spring 2018 New Student Auditions: Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00 PM (Room 2413) or email Dr. Langager for appointment

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About our program:

The Applied Music program at MiraCosta College is the main focus for music performance students working toward the A. A. degree in Music Performance or transfer to a four-year degree program. Look over this worksheet AA Music Performance Degree Plan for help with planning a path to your degree. Students receive individual instruction AND 1 ½ hours each week of group work (masterclass) with other students in the Applied Program. Additionally, all students must perform on campus in the Friday 12pm Concert Hour.

About our students:

Most of our music performance majors study in either of the following areas:

Jazz/Commercial emphasis* – guitar, piano, drums, bass, saxophone

Classical emphasis* – voice, piano, guitar, violin, flute

* instruction in other instruments may be available.

Every one of our students is also enrolled in a music theory class (or has completed their theory levels), and performs with one or more of the ensembles at MiraCosta College in preparation for transferring to a four-year university degree program. A piano class is also strongly recommended regardless of your major instrument.

Our music faculty:

All of our instructors have Master or Doctorate of Music degrees, and years of professional experience as performers. For many of our instructors, working with MiraCosta College music students is one of a number of other professional obligations they have, giving our students the advantage of seeing various music career options available to professional musicians.

Our expectations:

Because of the intensive one-on-one education MiraCosta College offers selected music students, we expect that students will demonstrate a full commitment to working on their musical development. This includes enrolling in other music courses during each semester, participating in ensembles, and working toward preparing for transferring to a university or music conservatory. We expect that you will practice consistently, diligently, and intelligently – for most of you, on a daily basis. We expect that you will apply the same professionalism in your individual lessons by respecting the short time you have been given with your individual instructor. We expect you to succeed – as a student, a musician, and a performing artist – and the faculty is committed to helping you achieve those goals.


How much does the Applied program cost?

Students register through Community Services each semester, with a basic fee of $250, which includes a minimum of 8 lessons plus all weekly masterclasses and Concert Hours.

I’m not a music major. Can I still take lessons through the Applied Music Program in Community Services?

The program is designed to give students the skills and specific preparation needed to earn their Associate degrees and successfully transfer to a four-year degree program, so non-music majors may find that the course content doesn’t meet their own personal goals.

How do I register?

You don’t need to do anything before your audition except practice! A few days after applied auditions are complete, we will contact you by email with your audition results. If you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned a private instructor and given a permission number to register in SURF. If you are taking lessons through Community Services, you will need to visit their office and pay the $250 fee by the beginning of the third week of classes. Your first private lesson and Wednesday master class will take place during the third week of classes.

How do I audition?

New students should plan to audition on the Wednesday before the first day of the semester at 1:00 PM. The audition process will begin in the Rehearsal Hall (Room 2413 – in the back of the Concert Hall) with an informational meeting presented by the music faculty. Immediately following will be individual auditions. It is strongly recommended that you prepare one piece on your major instrument so that the faculty can evaluate your level. You should also bring a copy of (or be able to access) your SURF schedule of classes, as you will also receive an individual counseling session for your music major classes.