New Music Degrees and Certificates at CCA

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MEE-logo-Michael_pickering_musicThis past Friday, August 25, 2017 was an extraordinary day.

This day marked my 2nd anniversary working at the Community College of Aurora in Aurora, CO. On this day, our esteemed Curriculum Committee approved my first two Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Program CTE Certificates and A.A.S. Degrees:

Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Program (MEE) Initial Certificates and A.A.S. Degrees

  • MEE Music Producer Certificate
  • MEE Music Producer Degree
  • MEE Music Performance Certificate
  • MEE Music Performance Degree


Additionally, the Education Services Committee further approved my seven new music courses, which were approved by the state last week:

1. MUS 107 Entrepreneurial Artistry Development for Musicians – NEW COURSE
3. MUS 169 Project Management for Musicians – NEW COURSE
4. MUS 260 Business of Live Music Performance – NEW COURSE
5. MUS 262 Developing a Producer’s Ear – NEW COURSE
6. MUS 263 Music Publishing – NEW COURSE
7. MUS 267 Music Marketing Strategies – NEW COURSE

This week, I begin working toward Federal program and course approval. This Inclusive, CTE, practical, and relevant approach to music education, designed around student desire, industry need, and unprecedented historical entrepreneurial industry opportunity will benefit and equip our music students in ways beyond all we might imagine. My heart’s desire is in complete alignment with CCA’s mission that “Every Student Succeeds!”

I never could have imagined I would be on this fantastic journey! I’m teaching two courses this Fall – Music Business I and Music Audio Production I. The latter is essentially a Pro Tools 101 course. (I’m also an Avid Pro Tools Certified Instructor). I am energized by my students! I love their enthusiasm, their dreams, their smart, creative, and hard work. I especially love their courage. Many of our students come from “challenging” life scenarios. Some might overlook them, but in them I see the future of music.

Don’t ever forget that often, the next big thing, emerges from the fringes. 

It is an absolute honor and joy to be building the future with my colleagues and students, a future about which I am exceedingly optimistic.

If you would like more information about the Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Program, Certificates, Degrees, and timeline, please contact me:

Michael Pickering

Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Program Director

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