The keyboard studies oversees courses in the various curricula of the classical division in the areas of required piano, sight-reading at the keyboard, keyboard skills, and keyboard techniques. In its largest sense, the purpose of these classes is to give Mountain View College Music students basic fundamental keyboard skills that contribute in a holistic way to their growth as musicians.
Required piano classes are designed for all music students who have little or no prior experience at the piano and are taught in group settings. Applied piano courses are designed for all intended piano majors, while Piano class courses in sight reading and keyboard skills are designed for all students interested to learn how to play the keyboard.
The instrumental music program offer courses in applied private instruction in different instruments such as strings, guitar, brass and percussion. The program also offers a few instrumental music ensembles where students can participate of a small or large ensemble.
Latin-American Music Program
The Latin-American music program is one of the most know in the DCCCD. It offers music ensembles with an emphasis on Latin American music. These courses explore the popular sounds of Son, Salsa, Mambo, Samba, Latin Jazz and more.
MVC Music Technology program provides education in areas of computer-based music technology, multimedia and interactive design and multimedia production techniques. The primary objective of the program is to bring new and emerging digital arts technologies to students as they relate to a new discipline defined as music technology. The curriculum establishes the creative application of multimedia technology to video, audio educational materials.
The Vocal Music program at Mountain View College offers talented singers opportunities to hone their skills in private lessons, voice classes, choruses, and vocal ensembles that sing in a wide variety of musical genres. Students can study Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Popular, Mariachi, Latin Jazz, and other types of music. The Vocal Music program prepares students to major in music at transfer institutions and also offers many opportunities for non-majors.