Music Occupations

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 10-805-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Music Occupations Degree


Prepare for a career in music by developing your skills as a well-rounded musician. Areas of study include theory fundamentals such as reading, analysis, composition, ear training and more. Students have opportunities to focus on performance or composition courses.

Additional program details: Classes are tailored to meet the needs of musicians working the real world of agents and gigs. From the classics to jazz to today's most popular styles, the curriculum is diverse.



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
MUSIC-103 Major Instrument 1 1
MUSIC-143 Music Notation 1 1
MUSIC-150 Music Theory 1 4
MUSIC-162 Music Ensemble 1
(or) AUDIO-100 Introduction to Audio Software
MUSIC-173 Music Reading 1
MUSIC-177 Piano Lab 1 1
MUSIC-189 Voice Lab 1 1
MUSIC-190 Choir 1 1
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
MUSIC-101 Music Business 2
MUSIC-104 Major Instrument 2 ‡ 1
MUSIC-118 Music Analysis ‡ 3
MUSIC-120 Choir 2 1
MUSIC-144 Music Notation 2 1
MUSIC-151 Music Theory 2 ‡ 4
MUSIC-163 Music Ensemble 2 ‡
(or) AUDIO-125 Advanced MIDI Recording ‡
MUSIC-178 Piano Lab 2 ‡ 1
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
MUSIC-105 Major Instrument 3 ‡
(or) MUSIC-108 Film Scoring 1
MUSIC-141 Music Ensemble 3 ‡
(or) MUSIC-107 Songwriting 1
MUSIC-152 Composition 1 ‡ 3
MUSIC-167 Improvisation 1 ‡
(or) MUSIC-158 Orchestration 1 ‡
MUSIC-174 Ear Training 1 ‡ 2
MUSIC-181 Conducting ‡ 1
MUSIC-191 Performance Techniques 1 ‡
(or) MUSIC-182 Composition for Advertising
ELECTIVES (Three credits) 3
MUSIC-106 Major Instrument 4 ‡
(or) MUSIC-147 Songwriting 2 ‡
MUSIC-119 Music Ensemble 4 ‡
(or) MUSIC-159 Orchestration 2 ‡
MUSIC-125 Music Studio Teaching Methods ‡
(or) MUSIC-109 Film Scoring 2 ‡
MUSIC-153 Composition 2 ‡ 3
MUSIC-184 Ear Training 2 ‡ 2
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society 
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Create an arrangement for an existing piece of music using genre-specific appropriate stylings
  • Demonstrate collaborative musicianship skills in rehearsal and performance settings
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of industry notation software for arranging and composition applications
  • Perform music at a professional level
  • Develop a marketing plan for musical career promotion that includes current social media trends
  • Instruct music students in an individual lesson studio setting

Career Outlook

In preparation for a career in music, the program is designed to develop your skills as a well-rounded musician while focusing on your primary instrument. Performance classes offer students the opportunity for real "on stage" experience. Whether your interest is in front of the microphone or composing, MATC can help you get started on your career path.

Possible Careers

Performing Musician
Music Teacher/Private or Classroom
Music Producer
Studio Musician
Music Publisher/Transcriber/Editor
Music Retailer
Recording Engineer
Music Manager/Promoter
Session Musician

This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.



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Last updated: 03/22/2024