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Collin College’s Department of Music offers the courses you need to prepare for an
associate degree or for advanced musical studies at a four-year college or university.
Areas of concentration include instrumental performance (winds, brass, strings, percussion,
piano, guitar, harp), vocal performance (including opera and commercial), and instrumental
and vocal jazz. Courses for non-performance music majors are available for composers,
jazz arrangers, songwriters and conductors.
The college is also home to several music ensembles open to both non-majors and music majors. Ensembles includes instrumental jazz combos, big band, guitar, keyboard, opera, vocal jazz, acapella pop, wind ensemble, and string ensemble.
In addition to the applied lessons and ensemble, the curriculum offers the required music theory, ear training, keyboard skills, and music literature, that all music majors must complete during their freshman and sophomore years. All of the coursework culminates in a Field of Study Associate of Arts or the Field of Study Certificate.
The music faculty hold applied study and ensemble auditions as well as advising for music majors on the Monday before each long (Fall and Spring) semesters.
Music majors are required to audition for ensembles and applied lesson study. The Fine Arts office provides contact information for ensemble directors or applied lesson instructors. There is a mandatory music orientation available the Monday before each long (Fall and Spring) semesters.
Applied lesson study in music is comprised of weekly one-on-one meetings in addition to attending and performing on the weekly departmental series, “The Wednesday Noon Recitals”. Ensemble rehearsals are held weekly and culminate in one or more performances including an evening performance towards the end of the semester. Other performance opportunities are also available and may be required.
An Associate of Arts with a Music Field of Study requires 60 credit hours, including 35 credit hours of music coursework and 25 credit hours of General Education Core. Check with your transfer institution before registering for general studies electives to make sure your courses will be degree-applicable to your bachelor degree at the transfer institution. This degree plan does not require completion of the Core Curriculum. Instead, students are obligated to satisfy the Field of Study (FOS). Students who wish to complete the Core Curriculum at Collin College should meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss the various options for completing the Core Curriculum.
See Workforce Commercial Music (AAS) Program