Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Music Program Overview

Top quality music education that’s affordable!

The PCC Music Program offers a vibrant, creative, highly informative environment that prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions as music majors or minors. Music coursework focuses on developing the skills necessary to be a well-rounded musician in today’s world. Our curriculum includes the development of aural skills, the study of music theory, piano keyboard proficiency, and applied instrumental or vocal performance - both as soloists and within ensembles. Many of our students transfer to Portland State University, and we have also had students successfully transfer to some of the most prestigious music institutions in the country.

For those students interested in lower division general interest music, we offer courses such as music appreciation, music cultures of the world, and the history of jazz, rock, and folk music. Many of these courses fulfill college General Education and Cultural Literacy requirements. See the General Education page for more information.

Our program is offered at the Sylvania and Rock Creek Campuses of PCC, with some music classes also being offered at PCC’s other campuses and centers.

Our faculty includes highly qualified instructors who are respected as leaders in their respective fields, with active performing and teaching schedules around the globe. Our applied music instructors (private music lesson instructors) are some of the region’s finest performers and educators.

Opportunities to perform

Music students at PCC have lots of opportunities to perform and participate. Instrumental and vocal ensembles are available for musicians of all types, and all of our students have regular opportunities to perform.

PCC's Performance Groups include:

  • PCC Chamber Ensemble
  • PCC Symphonic Band
  • PCC Chamber Chorus
  • PCC Chorus
  • PCC Voices of Soul Chorus
  • PCC Rock Creek Talent Showcase

Academic Degrees & Transferable Credits

Like all Oregon community college’s, PCC does not offer a degree in music. We advise our music students to take music classes according to our music transfer guide, which prepares them to matriculate to four-year institutions. These music classes are lower division collegiate courses and count towards transferable associate's degrees, such as the AAOT and AGS, as well as Bachelor’s degrees at Universities. For more information, please see our Music Advising Link to the right.

Music courses may count as:

  • Elective credits
  • General education credits
  • Graduation requirements at a four-year institution

To learn more about transfer requirements, students are encouraged to meet with a PCC academic advisor, visit the University Transfer website, and also to check with the receiving institution regarding the specific transferability and application of course credit.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. For specific music advising, contact John Mery at Sylvania or Jason Palmer at Rock Creek