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If you’re interested in working toward a career in music education, Three Rivers College has the classes and degrees you’ll need to succeed. In addition to traditional music classes, the TRC music department has a number of performance opportunities throughout the year, including an annual musical, designed give you hands-on experience for your future as a music educator.

Our class sizes are small, so students get individual attention. Tuition is affordable, and scholarships and financial aid are available to eligible students.

Teach the Next Generation of Music Students

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Music from Three Rivers College gives you the foundation to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree and pursue a wide variety of careers in music—including teaching!

An Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) in Music from Three Rivers will transfer seamlessly to Central Methodist University, where you can complete a Bachelor of Music Education degree and pursue a career in teaching music. The AAT and AA are both required for this transfer.

To learn more about obtaining a bachelor’s degree and beyond, contact Gail Tinsley at or 573-840-9712. Or, visit our Transfer Pathways page.

Performance Opportunities for College Students

  • Fall Student Concert
  • Fall Student Showcase
  • Full Scale Student Broadway Musical
  • Spring Student Concert
  • Spring Student Showcase
  • MMEA All Collegiate Band
  • MMEA All Collegiate Choir

Performance Opportunities for High School Students

  • Jazz Band Festival
  • High School Concert Band Festival
  • MSHSAA District Music Contest
  • Spring Singers Seminar
  • Summer Singers Workshop

Successful Employment

Graduates from the Three Rivers music program have gone on to teach music in these schools:

  • Cape Girardeau
  • Carthage
  • Clearwater
  • Dexter
  • Doniphan
  • East Carter County
  • Jefferson City
  • Lone Star
  • Malden
  • Naylor
  • Poplar Bluff
  • Sikeston
  • Webster Groves
  • Zalma

Available Courses

The Three Rivers College music department offers courses in:

Applied Music

  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Woodwind


Instrumental Techniques

  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Woodwinds

Music Appreciation

Music History and Literature

Music Theory and Aural Skills

Performance Groups

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theatre Ensemble

Vocal Diction

  • Italian
  • German
  • French

To see specific requirements, an education plan, and course descriptions, please view our current College Catalog.


William White

William White

Professor, Music



Three Rivers College Catalog


Get information about core courses, electives and concentrations in our current academic course catalog.

View College Catalog

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