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Are you a career musician in the making? Will you continue your music studies at a 4-year institution? Is music your passion? Your hobby? Do you just love to play?

Are you a member of the local Tacoma arts community looking for a place to express your musical skills and talents?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, TCC's outstanding Music Program is the right place for you! If you are seeking a music performance or music education degree at a 4-year school, or if you plan to major in a non-musical subject and still continue your training, our diverse ensembles and excellent faculty are committed to helping you reach your individual music goals.

Throughout the year, the Music Department 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.

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Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college music program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level Music courses.

Degree Options: Associate in Arts and Sciences degree (Option A) with a Specialization in Music

Music Ensembles

TCC music ensembles include: Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Voices, Singers, Gospel Choir, and Computer Music Composition.

Learn more about TCC Ensembles.

Program Planning

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences at TCC. This degree is flexible, and some substitutions can be made - providing that the course of studies is in agreement for the Arts and Sciences Option A degree.

First Year

FallWinterSpring
MUSC 141
ENGL &101
ANTH 101
P.E. Activity
MUSC 130
Ensemble
MUSC 142
ENGL &102/103
MUSC 105
P.E. Activity
MUSC 130
Ensemble
MUSC 143
MATH& 107
PHIL& 101
P.E. Activity
MUSC 130
Ensemble

Second Year

FallWinterSpring
MUSC 106
HIST& 126
PHYS 114
MUSC 130/230
Ensemble
Music Literature
PSYC& 100
BIO& 100
MUSC 130/230
Ensemble
Music Literature
CHEM& 110
ART& 100
MUSC 130/230
Ensemble

Catalog Course Descriptions

Faculty

Our music faculty are prominent performers, scholars, and educators. Besides appearing in numerous community venues, our instructors make music on campus with students, serving as role models of professionalism and dedication.
Music Faculty Directory

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TCC Ensembles
Read more details about our instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Concerts & Events
See what's happening on campus and don't miss our fabulous concert series.

Concert Video
Watch recordings of recent concerts!

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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