Whether you want to take music courses for personal enrichment or to prepare for a professional career, the colleges of DCCCD offer a wide variety of instrumental and vocal instruction in performance and theory through its Music courses. Ensembles may include jazz, band, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, vocal ensemble, madrigal singers and chorus. Various courses are offered in music theory, appreciation, fundamentals and foundations;  MIDI (musical instrument digital interface); sight singing and ear training; commercial orchestration and music arranging. Class instruction, beginning and regular, is available in voice, piano, guitar, English, French and Italian diction and more.

Applied Music

Applied Music courses provide private lessons for voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, and for orchestral and rhythm sections. Playing techniques, standard repertoire and performance skills for solo and ensemble playing comprise the content of applied private lessons, whether you are a music major or minor, or learning for your own enrichment.

Note that all courses may not be offered at every college of DCCCD. For a full listing of all courses, including which college offers a specific course, check the online Combined Colleges catalog.

Music Courses at the Colleges of DCCCD

Music courses are offered at all seven colleges of DCCCD:

  • Brookhaven College
  • Cedar Valley College
  • Eastfield College
  • El Centro College
  • Mountain View College
  • North Lake College
  • Richland College

Guided Pathways in Music

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway

Field of Study Degree in Music

An Associate of Arts Degree with a Field of Study in Music is the standard music degree for most transfer-track music majors and is offered at all seven colleges of DCCCD. Field of Study degrees were created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Field of Study degrees comprise courses at freshman and sophomore levels that lead to a specific major in a four-year degree. This degree prepares students for music auditions and competency testing to transfer to four-year institutions beginning at junior year.

Career and Technical Education Courses in Commercial Music

If you are interested in a direct career path in commercial music, Cedar Valley College offers various degrees and certificates in its Career and Technical Education program in Commercial Music.

Course Descriptions for Music

Music and Applied Music courses are listed under the four-letter rubrics (course prefixes):

Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor to discuss your educational and career goals.

Check the current class schedule at the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see what classes are offered in a given semester. See the browsable class schedules of the colleges of DCCCD. 

Get More With the Core Curriculum

The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those classes — called the Core Curriculum — are the courses that lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students who complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Individual Core courses must be accepted as well by the transfer institution, according to state law.

Find out more about the Core Curriculum of the colleges of DCCCD.

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