Student Handbook


Music Program Description:

This program is designed to create a solid musical foundation in our students, enabling them to transfer into four-year colleges and universities to pursue a baccalaureate degree in music.  The program is also an appropriate course of study for individuals preparing for one of the many careers in music which do not require a baccalaureate degree or for personal enrichment.  Skill enhancement and depth are provided by course work in applied music performance ensembles, music theory, music literature, keyboard, computer music technology, and private lessons.  Students have the opportunity to broaden the scope of their classroom education by participation in performance groups including the Concert Choir, Show Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and chamber ensembles.   

Goals for Students

Participate in musical ensembles and understand the basic essentials of solo work, small chamber groups and large ensembles.   

Apply concepts learned in music theory to repertoire performed.

Understand the history of music as it relates to theory and performance practice.

Perform in various venues for diverse audiences.

Progress at the appropriate level in the applied music lessons.

Employ knowledge and application of computer music educational software.

Transfer successfully to a four-year university.

Enrollment for Music Majors


Students wishing to be music majors should have an advisory meeting with one of the full- time music faculty prior to the first semester of enrolling.  Music majors should confer with one of the full-time music faculty every semester during the enrollment period.  A graduation check with a TCC counselor is strongly recommended the semester before graduation.

Required curriculum for Associate in Arts, Music

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Music Theory I *

Music Theory II

Music Theory III

Music Theory IV                    

Aural Theory I*

Aural Theory II

Aural Theory III

Aural Theory IV                 

Class Piano I

Class Piano II

Class Piano III

Class Piano IV                       

Private Lesson+

Private Lesson+

Private Lesson+

Private Lesson+                 

Perform. Ensemble

Perform. Ensemble

Perform. Ensemble

Perform. Ensemble




Intro. to History and Lit.

  • *Students must complete Fundamental of Music with a grade of C or better or AP Theory OR pass a proficiency
     exam prior to enrollment in Music Theory I and Aural Theory I.
  • +Music majors are required to enroll in 2 credits of private lesson every semester.
  • Computer Music Techniques I is strongly recommended for all music majors.

Placement testing for theory 

All incoming music students will be required to take a placement exam or enroll in MUSC 1002, Fundamentals of Music. 

Piano proficiency requirements for music majors

Music majors are required to perform the following piano skills before graduating from TCC:

I.  Scales:  All major and relative harmonic minor scales, hands together, one octave.

II. Chord progressions: I, IV6/4, I, V6/5, I hands together from memory, all major and minor keys.

III. Transposition of 'America' to three different keys in Piano III; Transposition of 'America the Beautiful' to three different keys in Piano IV.  Three voice arrangements.  Must be played without transposition written out.  Student may prepare in advance.

IV. Sight reading: Reading at sight a simple 3 or 4 voice chorale.

V. Harmonization of a melodic line in any major or minor key.  Several melodies will be given to students in advance and faculty will select one for students to perform.

VI. Patriotic songs: prepared in advance.

VII. Prepared Repertoire:  Two piano pieces approved by faculty; one from memory.

Music majors whose primary instrument is not piano should be enrolled in Class Piano all four semesters they are enrolled in Music Theory.  Students may test out of a piano level by demonstrating proficiency to a full-time faculty member.  Music majors who are not proficient in piano (have passed Class Piano IV) may enroll in the 'non-major' private applied piano to work towards proficiency.  Music majors are required to complete Class Piano IV with a 'C' or better to graduate.  Music majors who do not complete Class Piano IV will be required to perform a piano proficiency test to demonstrate the above skills for at least three piano faculty members.  This may be scheduled during juries if time permits.  Students must contact a full-time faculty member to schedule proficiency tests.

Private lesson requirements for music majors

Music majors are required to enroll in 2 credits (1 hour weekly) of private lessons on their primary instrument or voice every semester for a total of 8 credit hours on the primary instrument.   Music majors may also enroll in 1 or 2 credits of private lessons on a secondary instrument or voice. 

Applied/Private Lessons

Private applied lessons are available for music majors and non-majors on piano, voice, guitar, band and orchestral instruments. 

Private lessons for the non-major

Private lessons for the 'non-major' are available for students taking lessons for personal enrichment or for music majors who are not prepared for college level study. Non-majors may enroll in college level private lessons if they qualify. 

Scheduling lessons

The student is responsible for contacting the private instructor before the semester begins to arrange a weekly lesson time.  Contact information for private instructors is available in the Performing Arts Division office in Rm 6267 or by calling 595-7752.  Once the student has talked with the instructor, the instructor will contact the Performing Arts division office to request that permission to enroll be input on the computer.  Once this is done, students may enroll online through the end of Week 1.

Fee for lessons

In addition to tuition, students will pay a minimal additional fee for private lessons. 

Attendance policies 

It is the student's responsibility to attend all scheduled lessons, be on time and prepared for lessons.  Please see the individual instructor's syllabus for specific policies on attendance. 


Jury requirements 

A jury (final exam) performance at the end of the semester is required for all music majors on their primary instrument. 

Jury schedules and evaluation forms

Students will sign up for a jury time at the end of every semester.  Signup sheets will be posted outside the instrumental rehearsal room (instrumental) and choir room (vocal) one week prior to juries. 

Students will fill out the jury evaluation form available by the signup sheets and bring three (3) copies to the jury along with the appropriate number of copies of the music to be performed.  The faculty on the jury will complete these evaluation sheets, which will be given to the instructor and made available to the student.


Recital performance requirements for majors

Student recitals are scheduled approximately five times during the semester on Fridays at 1:00 in the instrumental rehearsal room SE 6168.   Each semester the recital  dates are posted on music bulletin boards.

All music majors taking two-credit private lessons for majors on their primary instrument are required to perform in at least one student recital per semester.  Participation is encouraged for any student taking private lessons. 

Recital sign up

Students will submit a Recital Permission/Signup form at least one week prior to the recital.  Recital signup forms are available in the Performing Arts division office.  Signup sheets must be legible, filled out completely and signed by your private instructor. 

Recital dress and etiquette

Students who are performing on a recital should dress appropriately (no jeans or shorts).   Instructors should review proper stage 'protocol' with students, such as bowing and acknowledging the accompanist.  A bow shows respect and appreciation for your audience.  If you arrive late to a recital, please wait at the entrance until the performer is finished before taking a seat.  Turn off cell phones.  


TCC accompanists are available for recitals and rehearsals.  Please request an accompanist through your private instructor.  Accompanists are in high demand; please request an accompanist well in advance of the performance.

Recital Class

Music majors are required to enroll in the Recital Class for four semesters during fall/spring semesters. It is a zero credit Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory course with no tuition or fees due.  No permissions are needed, and it is the student's responsibility to enroll by the end of the first week of classes.  The Recital Class is required for freshman through senior level at four-year colleges and universities so students wanting to transfer need to have it on their transcript for the freshman and sophomore semesters.

A passing grade is based on attendance at 12 approved concerts or recitals each semester. Students are required to submit Performance Attendance Record forms for each concert.  Forms are not required for on campus student recitals; students must sign in on the attendance sheet at the recital.  These forms can be found on the TCC website under the Music Department, or in the Performing Arts Division office, SE 6267.  Students should fill out the form, attach the program and submit it to the Performing Arts Division office, SE 6267, no later than Thursday of finals week.  Performance Attendance Records will be recorded on Blackboard for students enrolled in the Recital Class.

Appropriate concerts include:  student recitals, music department concerts, Signature Symphony concerts, Tulsa Symphony  Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Jazz Hall of Fame, faculty recitals at TCC or other colleges, community band or orchestra, musical theater, jazz or world music events.  The Calendar of Events for Recital Credit can be found on the Music Department page of the TCC website.  For concerts not listed on the Calendar of Events for Recital Credit, you must have a signature of a full-time faculty member on the Performance Attendance Record form.



All music majors must be enrolled in Concert Choir, Orchestra or Concert Band every semester.  Participation in smaller ensembles or chamber groups is strongly encouraged for qualified students.   Smaller ensembles may be substituted for the large ensemble requirement with the approval of the Dean of Performing Arts. 

Concert dress and etiquette

Students will wear appropriate attire for concerts.  Please see your instructor for specifics.  Allow plenty of time to park and arrive on time.   Never come to a performance (or rehearsal) in an altered state.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus.

Instrument Checkout

If you need to check out an instrument for the semester, please talk to your music faculty advisor.  Instruments will be assigned at their discretion.  Fill out the Equipment Usage Request and turn it in to the Performing Arts Division office in SE 6267.

Building Use Policies 


Lockers are available on the first floor of the PACE for music students to store instruments.   Students may request a locker from the Performing Arts division office, SE 6267.  Students must bring in their own combination lock and choose a locker that is appropriate to the size and shape of the instrument.  Locks must be removed at the end of each semester. 

Practice rooms

Practice rooms are available in two locations:  on the third floor by the Performing Arts office and in the North Wing on first floor by the choir room.  Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis except when a lesson has been scheduled for that room.  Please check the schedule posted on the door.  No food or drink.   

Computer lab

The computer lab is located in the design lab in SE 6268 and is available for students enrolled in Music Theory, Aural Theory and Computer Techniques.  Sibelius and Auralia are available on all computers in the lab.  Students should sign out a key from the Performing Arts office, SE 6267.  Please sign in when entering the labNo food or drink.  Students may also work on Sibelius and Auralia in the Microcomputer Lab, SE 4231.

Rehearsal room

The instrumental rehearsal room, SE 6168, is kept locked.  If you need to have access to the instruments in that room for practice, sign out key from the Performing Arts office.   Priority for room usage is given to classes, private lessons (tuba, percussion), faculty and recording.  Check the schedule posted on the door. 

Main stage

Performers should access the main stage through the green room.  Students are not allowed on the main stage unless accompanied by faculty or staff.  No food or drink allowed on stage.  Show respect to stage manager, staff and our facility.


There are two types of scholarships offered by the Music Department: 

Tuition Waiver  - This scholarship waives tuition for a specified dollar amount.  It does not include textbooks, parking, ID or other student fees.  Financial Services is notified of the successful applicants and they then credit the student's account with the specified dollar amount granted in the waiver.  If a student has already paid for the upcoming academic period's classes, then Financial Services will send the student a refund reflecting the scholarship portion of the paid tuition. 

Requirements for Tuition Waiver:
1.  Current High school or College cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above.
2Enrollment in a minimum of ten hours of coursework.
3.  Enrollment in and successful completion of ensembles and private lessons as specified in the award.
4.  Audition (this may be waived for prior students whose ability is already known to the faculty).
5.  Student must be an Oklahoma resident.

Talentship - A talentship is a grant credited directly to the student's account and is awarded toward the end of the applicable semester.

Requirements for Talentship:
1.  Audition (this may be waived for prior students whose ability is already known to the faculty).
2.  Enrollment in and successful completion of ensembles and private lessons.
3.  Student must be an Oklahoma resident.

A student may receive either or both types of scholarships depending on ability.

Application - All students need to apply for a scholarship prior to the beginning of each academic year.  Students will be notified by letter if they receive a tuition waiver prior to the beginning of the applicable semester.  Students must return the notification letter prior to the deadline to acknowledge their acceptance or denial of the scholarship offered or it may be revoked.

Student Music Association

TCC has an active Student Music Association (SMA).  This group organizes noon-time student 'Coffee houses' two or three times a year, which give students an opportunity to perform in an informal setting.  The group provides opportunities for fund raising and outreach to the TCC community as well as to the wider community.  SMA fosters a sense of community to all students interested in music (one does not have to be a music major) and provides opportunities for students to attend concerts together and interact on a more personal level. 

Meeting times are posted on bulletin boards.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact the music faculty advisor.


TCC Alerts

Please sign up for TCC Alerts on the TCC website      This will inform you about college closings due to inclement weather and other emergencies.

Forwarding MyTCC Emails

If you do not want to check your MyTCC email frequently, set it to forward to your primary email account.  Instructors will be using the MyTCC email to contact you.


Music Department Forms


Performing Arts Division Office

SE 6267

Kelly Clark, B.A., M.S. SE 6267D 918-595-7752
Dean of Performing Arts    
Barbara Ferguson, A.A.S., B.S., M.S. SE 6267E 918-595-7752
Academic Division Administrator    
Lisa Stefanic, B.A. SE 6267 918-595-7752
Administrative Assistant    
Ted Bachmann, B.M., M.M SE 6267 918-595-8698
Academic Support Technician    
Music Faculty    
Dr. Robert Katz., B.M., M.M., Ph.D SE 7132 918-595-7664
Music History, Music Appreciation, Double Bass    
Heidi Rigert, B.A., M.M. SE 6267C 918-595-7755
Orchestra, Piano, Music Theory, Music Apprec.    
Reid Bennett, B.M., M.M. SE 6267A 918-595-8617
Concert Band, Jazz Band, Music Theory,