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Music, Certificate


The Music certificate program 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 skills and explore the College learning environment. The program offers practical application in music composition, ear-training, sight-singing, and basic piano skills, and develops an understanding of Western Art Music as well as American popular music. Courses offer a hands-on approach to writing, understanding, and demonstrating concepts in music and the experience of college-level academic course work.

Did you know?

  • NCCC has a 17:1 student to faculty ratio to ensure personalized attention and growth in the classroom.
  • Our program prepares you for a transfer audition into a Baccalaureate program in music.
  • There is no audition requirement in order to enroll in the music program.
  • We offer both a musicianship track and recording track to help tailor courses to each student’s individual career and transfer goals.

You don’t need to be a music major to take music courses. Any student of the college can enroll in a music course, and our ensembles are open to the community!

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Developing the sense of responsibility and self-discipline required to compete in the workplace.
  • Fostering the ability to use creative decision-making and problem-solving skills as part of the design process.
  • Learning the fundamental principles of drafting to help the student develop the tools and skills required to compete in the workplace.

Alumni Spotlight

Amanda Moran ’20

“What I like most about the Music, Certificate program is how welcoming it is to people who do not have an abundant background when it comes to music. My deciding factor in choosing Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is the manageable class sizes. My advice to a student interested in attending NCCC is to make sure you learn how to manage your time well, and make sure you invest in activities you enjoy. I am continuing my education at NCCC for a degree in music.”

Amanda Moran

Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning outcomes is not only a key indicator of program effectiveness, it is also one of the standards of excellence identified by the Middle States Commission (Standard 5) and is required through the SUNY assessment initiative.

View Learning Outcomes.

Program Contact

Joseph Schmidt
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5971
Location: F-131
Division Office: 716-614-6460