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Why choose Music at PCC?

The PCC Music program offers a vibrant, creative, highly informative environment that prepares you for transfer to four-year institutions as music majors or minors. Music events and performances are held throughout the year.

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 private music lesson instructors are some of the region’s finest performers and educators.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university


What will you learn?

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.

Opportunities to perform
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You will have lots of opportunities to perform at PCC. Instrumental and vocal ensembles are available for musicians of all types. PCC’s performance groups include:

  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chorus
  • String Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Voices of Soul Chorus

You can also take private lessons and participate in music performance sessions.

General interest music classes

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 music electives and classes for general interest page for more information.

What will you do?

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.

Want to transfer to a university?

Are you planning on transferring to a 4-year university after attending PCC? Check out our music transfer guides:

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