Lone Star’s music program opens doors for students

Magdiel Zuniga, a music major at Lone Star College-Montgomery, will transfer to Sam Houston State University this fall to study guitar. He is one of more than 20 music students who got their start at LSC-Montgomery before transferring to four-year universities later this year.
Magdiel Zuniga, a music major at Lone Star College-Montgomery, will transfer to Sam Houston State University this fall to study guitar. He is one of more than 20 music students who got their start at LSC-Montgomery before transferring to four-year universities later this year.

Several graduates from Lone Star College-Montgomery’s dynamic music program are taking their education and experience “on the road” as transfer students.

Approximately 20 music students from LSC-Montgomery are transferring this fall to four-year universities to complete a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in the music field. Offers for enrollment came in from a variety of universities from Oklahoma to Texas, with some students even receiving multiple offers.

“It was an exceptionally talented group of students, so it’s no surprise they have all successfully transferred into excellent four-year institutions to continue their musical studies,” said Dr. Mark Marotto, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at LSC-Montgomery. “Many have shown tremendous growth in their private vocal and instrumental study and will be performing on par with their peers at their future schools.”

Ashley Piatkowski, from Huntsville, feels more than prepared to join her peers at Texas Tech University this fall.

“I have no doubt that when I start Texas Tech in the fall I will be ready for what comes next,” she said. “I have made lasting relationships with my teacher that I will keep once I join the musical workforce. I’ve learned that no matter what is happening in your life, that you always have your music family.”

For Magdiel Zuniga, starting at LSC-Montgomery allowed him to solidify his decision to pursue a career in music. Although music was on the forefront of his ambitions, “doubt and a lack of self-confidence” led him to explore other more job-secure areas. “For this, Lone Star was perfect, as I was able to take my time reassuring my choice in music inexpensively,” he said.

LSC-Montgomery offers an intensive, two-year associate of arts field of study degree in music. Students learn music theory, ear training, music history, keyboard skills and more. The program is designed so that all completed music classes count toward a degree in music and transfer seamlessly to any music program at a Texas four-year college or university. LSC-Montgomery is the only college in the Lone Star College System that has a building entirely devoted to music. The Music Hall features a state-of-the-art Recital Hall, a 167-seat performance space that boasts acoustics by one of the top acoustic firms in the nation. It also includes teaching studios, a percussion studio, a piano lab/electronic music classroom, a band rehearsal hall, and a choir rehearsal hall.

Additionally, LSC-Montgomery was recently designated as an ‘All-Steinway School,’ demonstrating its commitment to excellence by providing students and faculty the best equipment possible. read more…