Not every musician follows the same path. A two-year community college may not be the first thing you think of when you consider pursuing a music studies, but Dr. Lisa Morales explains why it might be the best option for you or your students. Learn just how much can be accomplished in four semesters, and what it means to meet the needs of students, wherever they are.


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Show Notes:

  • The Community College Mission
    • Meet the needs of students, wherever they are.
      • No experience beyond singing in the shower
      • High school choir training
      • Years of vocal coaching
    • Prepare the students for a favorable transfer situation, by partnering with 4 year colleges
    • Can study music theory, ear training, sight-singing, applied lessons, performance ensembles
    • Earn a 2 year Associates Arts Degree in Music field of study
  • Fine Arts at the Community College – challenges and opportunities
    • Short timeline: just 4 semesters
    • Opportunity for deep nurturing
    • Complete first 2 years of undergraduate for ⅓ of the cost of a 4 year college
  • Lone Star College – Tomball
    • Every student an artist
    • Vocal health


Dr. Morales has worked in higher education for over twenty years, developing curriculum, establishing and building programs, and designing extracurricular activities. Her research interests focus on the interdisciplinary nature of learning and encompass vocal health, bel canto and musical theater style singing technique, as well as performance practice and programming. At LSC-Tomball, Dr. Morales provides leadership for the direction of the music program, teaches honors music appreciation as well as private voice students and directs choral ensembles, including the auditioned chamber ensemble, Timberwolf Singers. Dr. Morales’ students have been accepted into the Houston Grand Opera High School program, Sam Houston State University musical theater and theater programs, the University of Houston-Moores School of Music, Wichita State University musical theater program, and Oklahoma City University Petree School of Music. Additionally, students who have trained with Dr. Morales are now featured singers and performers in various semi-professional and professional venues, including Disneyland in Orlando! She has served on the faculties of University of Tulsa, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and North Central Texas College.

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