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Mission Statement for the Mitchell Community College Music Department

The Music Department provides equitable access to a comprehensive and individualized music education for the community of learners we serve.

We will be an artistic catalyst that nurtures intellect, ignites creative thought, fosters innovation, values individual talents, provides a pathway for transfer, and transforms lives for our community and beyond.

Start your career in music at Mitchell with an Associate in Fine Arts in Music degree. Our accredited program prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Award-winning faculty members are professional musicians who provide individual and small-group lessons. Be challenged and supported by high-quality instruction and personal attention as you progress in musicianship and performance. You will gain knowledge in music theory and music history. You will also develop your talents in solo recitals and ensemble concerts learning from professional musicians in master classes, recitals and ensemble performances.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

Program Information

Articulation Agreements

The University of North Carolina System and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities System have a state-wide Uniform Articulation Agreement (UAA) in Music with the NC Community College System for the AFA in Music degree to the BM or BA degree in Music.

The agreement was jointly created by the North Carolina Community College System AFA in Music programs and the University of NC System and the NC Independent Colleges and Universities System. The UAA is focused on facilitating transfer for students who begin music studies at a community college and transfer to one of the four-year BM/BA programs.

University of NC System AFA in MUS to BM Universal Articulation Agreement

NC Independent Colleges and Universities System AFA in MUS to BM and BA UAA

Placement Exam and Scholarships

As a music major at Mitchell, you will take four semesters of Written Theory, Aural Theory, and two semesters of Class Piano. Your success in these classes is dependent upon already having had enough musical experience to be able to read music and to demonstrate a basic perception of pitch and rhythm. To make sure you are prepared for the core sequence of theory classes, as a new music major at Mitchell you will be required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam.

Study Resources

Scholarships are awarded to students who complete the FAFSA and the Mitchell CC Scholarship application, who have a 2.0 GPA or higher, who are enrolled for nine or more credit hours, who also meet any donor specific criteria for the scholarship established.

Ratchford Scholarship $500 awarded every semester

Carithers Scholarship $500  awarded every semester

Mitchell Music Scholarship $1,000 has been awarded annually


Have Questions?

Dr. Beverly Brown, Coordinator/Instructor
(704) 978-5479

Mitchell Community College’s Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

1250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248 
Phone: (703) 437-0700 Email:
Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Beverly Brown, Department Chair, 704-978-5479,

PhD UNC Greensboro

MM University of GA

BM Appalachian State University

Emily Schuttenberg, Piano, Aural Skills, Accompanist, 704-978-5425,

MM Western Carolina University

BA Huntingdon College

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Sam Ambrose, Tuba

DMA University of Maryland

MM The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins UniversityBM.Ed Florida State University

Eduardo Cedeño: Strings

MM Butler University

BA Butler University

Kathryn Dean: Fundamentals

M.M.Ed Florida State University

BM Lancaster University

Miranda Henry: Saxophone

DMA student UNC Greensboro

MM University of Tennessee

BM University of Iowa

Anne Linebarger: Trumpet

MM University of New Mexico

BM Florida State University

Samantha O’Hare: Flute

DMA student UNC Greensboro

MM University of Massachusetts Amherst

BA Mount Holyoke College

Cynthia Spell, Guitar 

MM East Carolina University

BM East Carolina University

Kathleen Smith: Voice, Chorus

MM Erskine Theological Seminary

BM Erskine CollegeJoshua Stevenson: Trombone, Band

M.M.Ed UNC Greensboro

BM Appalachian State University

Lynn Wilemon: Theory, Music History

MM Appalachian State University

BM UNC Charlotte

Xin Yin: Percussion

DMA student UNC Greensboro

MM University of North Texas

BM Baylor University