Do you like to sing or play a musical instrument? Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano, guitar, drums, or another instrument? Are you looking for a music program that provides a supportive atmosphere and exciting, rewarding opportunities to compose, perform, and record music?
Interested in this program?
Why should I choose this program?
Update for Fall 2022: The HFC Music Department will continue live classes and rehearsals. Coronavirus safety protocols will be in place as necessary.
HFC is home to an active and exciting music program, in which music majors and non-majors and members of the community of all ages and backgrounds may:
- Perform in one or more of our award-winning bands and choruses (open to credit and non-credit students);
- Earn the Associate in Arts in Music degree;
- Pursue the Recording Arts Certificate (RAC); and/or
- Take any of our classes just for fun!
Our music instructors and conductors work closely with you, the student, to build the foundation you need to achieve your artistic goals; from an introduction to music theory to specific techniques in ear training, performance development, and state of the art music technologies. Performance ensembles, including chorus, symphonic band, jazz band, and vocal jazz ensemble are open to all by audition. They will perform at many concerts and special events throughout the year.
What skills will I learn and improve?
- Perform and rehearse music
- Practice habits to improve technique
- Booking and promotion
What are my career opportunities?
Median Salary: $30.39 per hour
A degree in music can bring many different opportunities, including:
- Recording Artist
- Music Director
- Freelance musician
- Private music instructor
Program features and benefits
Participate in a variety of music ensembles and performances.
Annual Collage Concert
All bands and choirs on stage together!
Performances, Special Events and Travel
If you are in band or choir, you'll perform at end-of-semester concerts and the annual President’s Collage Concert. There are also opportunities to perform at campus and community special events. HFC music groups have also traveled numerous times within North America and Europe.
Studio 2 Stage
Studio 2 Stage is an exciting new collaboration between HFC Music and HFC Recording Arts. First introduced in the Winter 2022 semester, Recording Arts students and Performing Ensemble members work together to produce a professional recording (CD and digital release) while preparing for live on-stage concerts.
Musical selections are recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered in the HFC Recording Studio by HFC staff and Recording Arts students. Members of vocal and instrumental ensembles gain studio recording experience and are able to fine-tune their performances by listening to preliminary recordings during the rehearsal process.
Scholarship opportunities for music students
Welcome Back Days for students Sept. 19-21
Get involved! Welcome Back Days offers fun, information, and connections for all students in a series of FREE activities and events.
Careers to Consider: Music
HFC's music program is one of the most extensive and accomplished community college music programs in the state of Michigan.
Join us: HFC Music open rehearsals begin in August
Everyone is invited to join open rehearsals for HFC choirs and bands, beginning in August. You may also take classes for credit or personal enrichment.
Celebrate the life of Rick Goward on April 30
Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to remember Rick Goward at a campus event on Saturday, April 30.
Testimonials and Endorsements
Anthony J. L.
Music Director, Multi-Instrumentalist
The music program at HFC gave me an incredible foundation to become a well-rounded musician. I graduated in 2005 and because of the practical skills given to me by dedicated instructors, I have made a living as a working musician ever since. With an enthusiastic introduction to music theory, ear training, classical performance, and music technology, HFC music paved the way for my success as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, recording engineer, producer, orchestrator, and conductor.
The three years of study at HFC taught me the value of endless learning. From there, I went on to earn a master’s degree in music, pursue my artistic dreams, and continue the life-long pursuit of knowledge, skill, and artistry.
I credit HFC—and the incredible instructors there—for so much of my musicianship.
The Associate Degree in Music gave me the foundation to which I owe all of my current musical success. I gained both the skills and personal connections necessary for the many musical jobs I have done or am currently doing, including private music teacher, music entertainer, cocktail music provider, songwriting, arranging, music technology lab assistant, music activity director at a day camp, vocal music director for children’s theater, and hospice music therapist.
After receiving my associate degree from HFC, I transferred to EMU to study music therapy. I found myself better prepared and more comfortable in the “real” world of music than many of my peers. I attribute this advantage to my time spent at HFC. The there took a personal interest in me and genuinely wanted me to succeed. Missing was the ultra-competitive and cutthroat attitude that often exists in other music schools. I strongly recommend this program to anyone with an interest in expanding his or her musical skills and knowledge.
I studied music at HFC, then transferred to Wayne State University to study Vocal Music Education. The training at HFC prepared me well for Wayne State in all areas of music. Furthermore, my education at HFC prepared me for the challenges I would face as a musician and as an individual. Specifically, studying culture and language through studying music has allowed me to understand many perspectives and traditions of people with different backgrounds than my own. I have been able to communicate with people from all walks of life through music. I have been working as a full-time musician for more than a decade, currently working more than 40 hours each week as a private instructor, church musician, and singer at a living history exhibit. I fully love what I do, and I am grateful to HFC's music department for helping me turn my dreams into a reality.
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