A MACCC Testimonial
As a newly hired part-time faculty at Cuesta College in San Luis
Obispo, I attended my first MACCC Conference in 2005. I was
hoping to meet fellow music educators and to get a feeling of
what this whole Community College thing was all about.
Boy, I was not disappointed! I felt immediately “plugged in” to
a vibrant, passionate, dedicated community of people who
collectively move our students through their first years of
college in the best way possible. Each vocal coach, choir
director, band director, theory and history teachers, Chair, and
Dean I met welcomed me to the community and invited me to
consult with them any time.
In addition to the immediate sense of community I felt, I was
able to attend a variety of break out sessions that covered
topics from performance practice, syllabi, media production and
political awareness for Community College music classes. I still
use notes taken from this conference to this day.
The exposure to the guest clinicians has also greatly helped me
with repertoire knowledge, rehearsal technique and vocal
production. To watch 200+ students put together very challenging
programming for wind ensemble and chorus is sheer joy. It is
what teaching is all about, for me.
Five years later I have attended every MACCC Conference and now
sit on the Board of Directors as Southern California Choral
Representative. The idea of helping my fellow music educators
strive to be the best and the most informed they can be is a
huge passion of mine. I strongly encourage any community college
teacher, new or well-seasoned, to engage in the MACCC
experience. It is intensely nourishing.
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA