Department now has 12 faculty members, offers two associate-degree
options, a free concert series, a community outreach program, and an
international fundraising project.
Peralta, Music Department Chairwoman. "We provide fun, engaging
courses for students, individualized training for more serious music
students, and a connection with our community through the arts. It's one
of the reasons students come here."
topics such as music appreciation, world music, music theory, music
business, music technology, and sound recording. Students can also take
applied courses in guitar, percussion, piano and voice. All music faculty
are active performers in the community.
said Rodriguez-Peralta. "Students are fascinated by the performing lives
of their instructors. They learn more because they are more engaged
with their teachers."
performing with student ensembles, including the MCC Chorus, MCC
Guitar Ensemble and the MCC Percussion Ensemble. And all students are
encouraged to perform in student recitals, said Rodriguez-Peralta.
engage with the local music community outside of the college. "Our
community outreach programs have grown," said Rodriguez-Peralta.
"We want to take music out of the classroom and into the community."
coordinated by Music Professor Johannah Segarich. The program offers
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students at Lowell High School and Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter
brings 10 to 12 live concerts to the Bedford and Lowell campuses each
year. Each concert is free and open to the public, and features MCC
faculty, students and/or visiting artists performing a wide variety of
for Cambodia, a fundraising campaign coordinated by Segarich. The
goal is to help support Cambodia's Royal University of Fine Arts start a
National Symphony Orchestra. Segarich hopes to raise $50,000 to cover
the cost of sending the orchestra carbon-fiber string instruments, which
are more durable than wooden instruments in Cambodia's humid climate.
institutions or choose to minor in music, said Rodriguez-Peralta. "Music
is a very demanding discipline," she said. "You have to practice every
day, you can't cram for a piano or a voice class."
students to continue their musical education, Rodriguez-
Peralta believes there is something for everyone at MCC.
communicating with and connecting people.
Students from 17 to 70 always find a
connection whether it be with the
music or with each other through
our classes at Middlesex."