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Academic Program

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The Music program provides an introduction to music of various cultures of the world, performance skill training in digital music, instrumental and vocal performance, in addition to a concert band, jazz big band, an orchestra, and vocal and mixed choirs and ensembles. 

TCC’s Music program offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college music program (college-level courses designed for transfer to a bachelor degree program) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level Music courses. Most courses offered can be applied to meet Humanities Distribution requirements for transfer and degree purposes.

Our Mission

TCC’s Music program creates meaningful and relevant learning in music performance, music theory, and music education.

TCC’s Music program prepares students for successful transfer and completion of a bachelor program and a professional future in the realm of Music. 


Contact and Advisor Information

Ø  Program Chair: Dr. Anne Lyman

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

Our Music Faculty Advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in Music interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!


Associate Degree Options

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)

Associate in Arts (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 program. Upon completion of your AA degree, you can transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a 4 year university.

Students should check the specific requirements of the four-year institution of their choice, as admission and degree requirements vary across colleges and universities.  Also see World Language Requirements for Bachelor Programs in the region (WA).



The Music program offers courses under two prefixes, MUSC& and MUSC, and provides

  • ·         An introduction to music of various cultures of the world
  • ·         An introduction to using computers and digital audio work station applications to make music
  • ·         An introduction to strategies and applications of music in the classroom (for education majors)
  • ·         Performance skill training in guitar, piano, and vocal performance
  • ·         A non-auditioned mixed chorus which rehearses and performs a broad variety of both sacred and secular choral music.
  • ·         A mixed, non-auditioned chorus which rehearses and performs music specifically within in the "gospel" genre
  • ·         A traditional concert band, made up of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments
  • ·         A jazz big band ensemble made up of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section instruments
  • ·         Mixed chorus which rehearses and performs a broad variety of both sacred and secular choral music
  • ·         A vocal ensemble whose members are selected by audition
  • ·         Advanced preparation and performance of orchestra music
  • ·         A study of diatonic harmony

Course Descriptions


At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In Music this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available: 

Central Washington University: Music Composition Major, BM, Music Education Major, Broad Area , BMMusic Education Major, Choral Music , BMMusic Education Major, Instrumental Music , BM, Music Major, BA, Music Performance Major, BM

Eastern Washington University: Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA),
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (BAE)

Pacific Lutheran University: Music, Music-Performance, Musical Arts, Music Education,

Evergreen State College: Performing Arts

Seattle Pacific University: Music Education (BA), Music Therapy: Emphasis in Physical Ed & Exercise Sci (BA), Music Therapy: Emphasis in Psychology (BA), Music Therapy: Emphasis in Special Education (BA) , Music: Emphasis in Composition (BA), Music: Emphasis in Performance (BA), Music: Emphasis in Technology (BA), Music: General Emphasis (BA)

University of Puget Sound: School of Music

University of Washington, Seattle: Music, Music Education 

University of Washington Tacoma: Arts, Media and Culture

Walla Walla University: Music, Music Education, Music Performance

Western Washington University: Music Education, Music Composition, Music History & Literature, Performance 

Whitworth University: Music, Music Education



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
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