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Enjoy live music, develop your skills, or turn your passion into a college degree.


Pursuing a career in music? Want to sing or play an instrument in college regardless of your major? Would you enjoy free live music performed by your fellow students? Whatever your level of interest, TCC's music program has something to offer.


Where does my path start?

TCC offers an Associate of Music Degree, an Associate of Arts with Music Specialization, music classes for Humanities distribution requirements, and community performance programs. 

Associate of Music degree
Music Specialization
Career Options

Associate of Music degree

Planning to transfer directly into a Bachelor of Music program in one of Washington's 4-year universities? The Associate of Music degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP). It prepares students to transition successfully into a BA program, pending successful audition and placement exams. Students complete a transfer curriculum paralleling the first to years of a BA in music at a university.

This program is a total 104 credits. Find out more here

Associate of Arts Music Specialization

Considering a music transfer degree as an option? TCC offers an Associate of Arts (DTA) degree with a Music Specialization.

The following course set fulfills the requirement of the Specialization in Music for the Associate of Arts Degree and provides a clear, music-focused pathway for students to chain music courses together in a meaningful and transfer-relevant way. This specialization prepares students to transfer as Bachelor of Arts in Music majors, or Bachelor of Arts majors. It also prepares students with a solid framework of music knowledge, allowing them to potentially enter the music industry workforce.

All public universities in the state of Washington have a language requirement at the bachelor degree level. Students should review those requirements and ensure they meet them prior to transfer. World language credit can be applied toward humanities, multicultural, and general elective requirements of the AA degree.


Music Theory (10 Credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
MUSC& 141 Music Theory I 5
MUSC& 142 Music Theory II 5

Music Ensemble (6 Credits) Select three courses from the following:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MUSC 152, 252 Choir 2
MUSC 160, 260 Orchestra 2
MUSC 161, 261 Symphonic Band 2
MUSC 165, 265 Jazz Band 2

Music Electives (15 Credits). Select three courses from the following:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MUSC& 143, 241, 242, 243 Music Theory 5
MUSC& 105, 106 Music Appreciation, World Music 5
MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Music 5
MUSC 120 Music in the Classroom 5



Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 Composition I 5
ENGL& 102 or 103 Composition II 5
Quantitative Skill Requirement Select one Quantitative Skill course from the approved distribution list. 5
Humanities Select one Humanities course from the approved distribution list that is not a MUSC course. Recommendations include a world language, philosophy, art, literature, or humanities course. 5
Social Sciences Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. 15
Natural Sciences Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement. 15
PE Select a total of three credits of PE from the approved distribution list. 3
College-Level Electives Select general elective courses to reach the total of 90 credit hours required for the Associate in Arts (DTA) degree. PE activity credit may not be used. 1
Note: At least 5 credits applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course. MUSC 106 World Music and MUSC 155 Gospel Choir are approved multicultural courses


Classes and Performance Opportunities

Interested in exploring music as a non-major? TCC's Music Program 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. Find the next free concert


Performance Ensembles  
Instrumental  TCC Symphonic Band
  TCC Jazz Band
   TCC Chamber Orchestra
Vocal TCC Voices
  TCC Singers
  TCC Gospel Choir
Digital Music (non-performance) MUS 150: Music Composition

Music Careers

A degree in music can lead to a number of career pathways, including: 

  • Instrumental or vocal performance
  • Music composition
  • Music program directing
  • Teaching in the K-12 system or at the college level
  • Teaching as a private music instructor 
  • Music therapy 

Research careers for this area of study. 



The TCC Music Program faculty team is exceptional. 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.

TCC's Music Program faculty are here to to share their skill and passion for music with you and prepare you for successful transfer, completion of your degree, and achievement of your professional goals.

Dr. John Falskow

Dr. John Falskow

Dr. John Falskow conducts the TCC Orchestra and the TCC Symphonic Band.

Dr. Anne Lyman

Dr. Anne Lyman

Dr. Anne Lyman directs the TCC vocal programs. 


Our Faculty


Jeffrey Lund

World Music, Music Appreciation 


Dr. Cindy Renander

Clarinet, Music Appreciation 

Eric Stevens

Jazz Band

Dr. Erik Steighner

Saxophone, Music Appreciation


Byron Weigel

Music Appreciation, Music Theory

Ryan Bede

Voice, Music Theory

Abe Landa

Jazz Guitar


Dr. Elizabeth Brown

Classical Guitar

Danielle Leimieux

Music in the Classroom 


Experience Music at TCC

Find upcoming concerts and music resources.