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Photo of students playing string instrumentsPursue your interest in music at TCC and turn your passion into a college degree.

TCC's outstanding Music Program provides you a direct pathway toward successful transfer into a bachelor program in music performance or music education; TCC’s Music Program also provides non-Music majors the opportunity to continue training and participate in our diverse ensembles.  Our faculty are committed to helping you reach your individual music goals.

Throughout the year, the Music Program offers a variety of courses and activities ranging from regular classes and individual instruction to recitals and performing groups. Student, community members and faculty perform regularly in TCC's 344-seat theater.

Begin with an Associate of Music degree with direct transfer into a Bachelor program in Music. 

Starting Fall 2016, TCC is offering a new Associate of Music (DTA/MRP).  This degree represents an agreement between Washington State community colleges and baccalaureate institutions and offers intense and focused curriculum for TCC studentsseeking to transfer into a 4-year college music degree program.  The Associate of Music degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) and prepares students to transition successfully into a related music Bachelor’s degree at Washington State 4-year universities.

In addition to the Associate of Music, TCC also offers the Associate in Arts (AA) (PDF) with a Music track for students who prefer a more general education at the Associate degree level. 

Embark on a fascinating and rewarding career path.

In addition to the most common career options in music, performing and teaching, technology is creating new avenues for consuming music, innovative products, new teaching methods, and expanding uses of music as a therapeutic, all of which translate to new career options in a rapidly changing world of music. See for further guidance on careers in Music.



Associate of Music (DTA/MRP)

The Associate of Music, is awarded for completion of a transfer curriculum paralleling the first two years of university study music major (BA in Music). The degree requires 101 credit hours and includes in addition to basic and distribution requirements courses in Music Theory, Studio Lessons, Music Ensembles, and Piano Proficiency.   Upon completion of this degree you will be able to transfer directly into a bachelor program in Music at a 4-year university in Washington.

Guided / Recommended Pathways

·         Guided Pathway (Full Time Students): Associate of Music (AM)

·         Part time (under construction)

Associate in Arts (PDF) (Option A) (PDF)

The Associate in Arts degree - Music track is a 90 credit hour program that provides a more general alternative to the Associate of Music degree. Complete your first two years of college at Tacoma Community College, and you’re guaranteed the right to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a Washington state university.

Guided / Recommended Pathways

·         Fulltime (under construction)

·         Part time (under construction)


Contact and Advisor Information

Music Program Chair: Dr. John Falskow

Music Faculty Advisor Team: Dr. John Falskow and Dr. Anne Lyman



Academic Program Overview: Academic Program Information, Associate Degree Options

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

Academic Resources: Academic Program Faculty, Faculty and Advisor Contact Information, Community Engagement, Scholarships

TCC Ensembles
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Concerts & Events
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Concert Video
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Music Links
See our list of useful and interesting resources for music majors and music lovers.

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Jobs and Careers
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Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions, suggestions or need guidance. Thank you!



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