Lake Michigan College's Music program gives you a strong foundation in the music field. It is both academically and musically challenging and will give you several opportunities each semester to demonstrate your talent. Courses will give you background in music education, vocal performance, composing, the recording industry, and music therapy. These courses prepare you with the necessary information to go onto any music program at a four-year school.
During your two years at Lake Michigan College, you will take four semesters of music theory, two semesters of music history, and four semesters of sight singing and ear training. In whatever aspect of music you choose to enter, these core classes will give you the knowledge necessary to be successful. You will also take applied lessons and participate in a large ensemble. Whether you are interested in vocal, piano, or guitar lessons, an LMC instructor will assist you in learning the techniques required in your chosen profession.
The more you practice your performances, the better your skills will be when it is time to audition for a four-year college or university.
Five student recitals are scheduled throughout the year. Studio classes, studio recitals and master classes provide additional performance opportunities. You can also participate in one or more of the musical ensembles on campus including:
All of these groups are open to music majors and general students through audition and afford regular performance opportunities in both on-campus and off-campus venues.
Getting the Most out of the Program
If you are planning to study music at the college level should prepare by taking piano lessons, taking private lessons in your choice area of specialty, learn basic music theory skills, and get as good as you possibly can.
Area high school students can also participate in the LMC High School Honors Choir. Rehearsals are held during the fall semester and the choir performs annually with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in their Holiday Festival Concert. Membership in the choir is through the recommendation of the student's high school choral director or by arranging an audition.
Once in college, students should take advantage of opportunities to perform outside of the classroom whenever possible. Students should also practice a lot and stay focused on the goal of moving on to a four-year schools when they leave LMC.