Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Top quality music education that’s affordable!

Music students performing at Art Beat

Music students play Art Beat

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.

The Music Program is headquartered at Sylvania campus, and there are course offerings at the other campuses as well. Many introductory and general interest courses are also offered online. Our faculty includes highly qualified instructors who are respected as leaders in their respective fields. 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. Every spring, PCC Music students get a chance to participate in Art Beat Week, a district-wide festival of arts and music. Browse photos from Art Beat, featuring many music students and faculty. PCC's performance groups include:

  • PCC Chamber Ensemble
  • PCC Symphonic Band
  • PCC Voices of Soul Chorus
  • PCC Chamber Chorus

Academic Degrees & Transferable Credits

PCC does not offer a degree in music, however music classes are lower division collegiate courses and count towards transferable associate's degrees. Music courses may count as:

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

Our music curriculum mirrors courses required by four-year institutions, and is designed to fulfill the first two years of requirements for students who plan to major or minor in music at the upper division level. 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. There is no formal admission or audition process to the music program, but meeting with an advisor is recommended.
  2. Apply for admission to PCC.