The study and performance of music takes creativity, discipline and communication. Learning music is a meaningful and gratifying experience that enriches students of all ages. NPC's Music program enriches our local communities through performances of selections from various cultures, genres and generations. NPC provides music opportunities through:
- One-on-one instruction for voice, instrument and composition.
- Participation in musical theatre productions.
- The Northland Master Chorale is an avenue for students to share their vocal talents. Other, smaller ensembles are formed based on student interest.
- NPC provides support for the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and the High Country Barbershop Chorus (four-part a cappella harmony), giving additional outlets for those with musical talents.
Labs and Classrooms
NPC's music performance classes are offered at the Performing Arts Center on the Snowflake/Taylor campus.
The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Performing Arts Center on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., with actual concerts at venues throughout the White Mountains. Orchestra members are noncredit students, with no fee. For information, call (928) 476-8656 | www.wmso.webs.com.
The noncredit High Country Barbershop Chorus rehearses at the Show Low Senior Center, 301 E. McNeil, year-round on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Director Dr. Theresa Dick, (928) 242-0934 | www.wmhcbc.com.
Noncredit instrumental classes are also offered through NPC's Community and Corporate Learning Division. Check their schedule for offerings in your area.
Supplies / Tools
Instrumentalists generally provide their own instruments – except piano.
Auditions are required for both credit and noncredit music groups.
Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas and clubs. Musicians and singers who give recitals or perform in nightclubs travel frequently and may tour nationally or internationally. Some spend time in recording studios. There are many jobs in cities that have a high concentration of entertainment activities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Nashville.
Despite the popularity of TV shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent, there will be tough competition for jobs because of the large number of people who are interested in becoming musicians and singers.
The median national hourly wage for musicians and singers was $35.86 in May 2017. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) SOC 27-2042 Many musicians and singers find only part-time or intermittent work, and may have long periods of unemployment between jobs. The stress of constantly looking for work leads many to accept permanent full-time jobs in other occupations while working part-time as a musician or singer.
NPC's performance music courses may transfer as electives to the state's three public universities. Check with an NPC academic adviser or AZTransfer.com, the online Course Equivalency Guide on which NPC courses are accepted for transfer credit. Always work with an academic adviser at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure courses you complete at NPC will transfer.