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The Apprentice Program in Popular Music Performance (2 quarters, 6 months, 30 credits) equips talented, ambitious music students with a basic toolbox full of practical musical skills, establishing an immutable foundation for future musical study. Technical development, ear training, private lessons, and live concert performances give students valuable hands-on experience in the craft of music, under the apprenticeship of highly-skilled instructors who possess both strong academic qualifications as well as impressive professional resumes. The Apprentice Program is the right choice for students who wish to quickly establish strong musicianship and gain performance experience on voice, guitar, piano, bass, or drums. The Apprentice Program curriculum for vocalists and instrumentalists mirrors the first two quarters of the Certificate and Associate Degree programs, so students who complete the Apprentice Program may elect to proceed immediately into further study at CCM.

CCM offers the Apprentice Program in the following instrumental emphases:






PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Apprentice Program in Popular Music Performance (2 quarters, 30 credits, 6 months) is a foundational program designed for students wishing to gain fundamental skills which enable them to pursue further collegiate study in the field of popular music. Students who complete this program have begun to amass the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in the field of modern popular music.

PROGRAM PURPOSES: The purposes of the Apprentice Program in Popular Music Performance are:

  • to establish a basic level of instrumental or vocal performance ability;
  • to provide multiple public performance opportunities in ensembles;
  • to establish basic proficiency at the keyboard;
  • to instill a foundational understanding of music theory;
  • to develop fundamental aural skills including interval/triad recognition and melodic dictation;
  • to establish basic abilities in the analysis of popular music and blues structures;
  • to instill a fundamental understanding of rhythm;
  • to develop the basic ability to relate sound to music notation;
  • to prepare students for further collegiate study in music.