MCCCD Improves Remote Learning, Provides High-Level Equipment to Music Education Students

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 15, 2020 — Amid COVID-19 and remote learning, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has continued finding innovative ways to support its students' success.

Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is helping its music education students overcome challenges by providing access to high-level recording software, digital tools, and equipment including USB microphones, mixers, headphones, and audio interfaces.

"One of the biggest challenges with music students working at home is not having access to the facility at the college and our equipment," says Dr. Christopher Scinto, Fine & Performing Arts Chair at PVCC. "Our music faculty decided it was important for students to have the ability to experience hands-on learning with the audio equipment they normally would use in the classroom and be able to make high-quality sounds when studying remotely."

According to Dr. Scinto, "when we solved the technology hurdle, we were then able to focus on the best practices for teaching and learning online."

Student Brandon Berg, a percussion performance and composition major, explains more about the impact the equipment has had on his education. 

To learn more, watch this video.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About The Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.