Whether you want to take music courses for personal enrichment or to prepare for a career, the colleges of DCCCD offer a variety of instrumental and vocal private and group instruction in performance and theory through Music courses. Performing ensembles include instruction in a variety of musical styles in bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz ensembles and chamber groups with brass, woodwinds, strings, piano and percussion. Learn about music theory, music technology such as MIDI (musical instrument digital interface), music history and appreciation, commercial orchestration and music arranging. Class instruction from beginning to advanced levels is available in voice, piano and guitar, in French, German and Italian diction, and more.

Applied Music

Applied Music courses provide private lessons for voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, and for orchestral and rhythm sections. Playing techniques, standard repertoire and performance skills for solo and ensemble playing comprise the content of applied private lessons, whether you are a music major or minor, or learning for your own enrichment.

Guided Pathways in Music

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

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Guided Pathway

Field of Study Degree in Music

An Associate of Arts Degree with a Field of Study in Music is the standard music degree for most transfer-track music majors and is offered at all seven colleges of DCCCD. Field of Study degrees were created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Field of Study degrees comprise courses at freshman and sophomore levels that lead to a specific major in a four-year degree. This degree prepares students for music auditions and competency testing to transfer to four-year institutions beginning at junior year.

Career and Technical Education Courses in Commercial Music

If you are interested in a direct career path in commercial music, Cedar Valley College offers various degrees and certificates in its Career and Technical Education program in Commercial Music.

Course Descriptions for Music

Music and Applied Music courses are listed under the four-letter rubrics (course prefixes):

Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with anacademic advisorto discuss your educational and career goals.

Check the current class schedule at the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see what classes are offered in a given semester. See the browsable class schedules of the colleges of DCCCD.

Get More With the Core Curriculum

The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those classes— called the Core Curriculum — are the courses that lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students who complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Individual Core courses must be accepted as well by the transfer institution, according to state law.

Find out more about the Core Curriculum of the colleges of DCCCD.

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