Why Choose Music at PPCC?

Music, as in all the arts, is an expression and transcendence of the human experience. Music courses serve as an introduction into the examination of sound as a vibrant art form and provide training in performance and composition. PPCC music offers humanities and performance classes open to all students beginning through advanced. Our faculty will help you explore your talents and invigorate your passion in music.

What will I study?

As a music student, you will study a wide variety of music theory and instruction in areas of personal interest.

  • Participation in ensembles
  • Private instruction in areas of student's choosing
  • Ear and sight training
  • Fundamentals of harmony

Students receive a large base of foundational knowledge as well as the opportunity to specialize in an area of expertise.

Example Classes I Might Take

Presents music fundamentals, diatonic four-part harmony, analysis, ear training, and keyboard harmony.
Presents modulating and chromatic exercises in sight-singing and dictation. Dictation includes four-part writing.
Provides a survey of the history and literature of Western Art Music from Antiquity through the Baroque.
Offers private instruction consisting of a thirty or sixty-minute lesson per week. Participation in a student performance is required at least once each term. First year, first term.


Upcoming Events

Fall Semester 2018


Chamber Music Recital

AN afternoon of chamber music featuring the PPCC Music Faculty and members of the Ute Pass Chamber Players in their annual shared recital program.  Works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Elgar, Bizet, and Poulenc. 

Sunday, October 14, 2:30 pm

Downtown Studio Campus, Room N-214



Faculty Music Recital

Ed Heller and William Malone present evening of jazz and classical selections.

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm

Downtown Studio Campus, Room N-214



Halloween Concert

The popular Halloween concert is an entertaining evening of spooky music sure to please.  Student and faculty performers will be in costume and audience members are invited to join in the fun by coming in costume also.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm

Centennial Campus Theater



A Bernstein Celebration

The PPCC Music Department presents a program of choral and instrumental music in honor of the late Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of his birth.  Music written by this iconic American composer, conductor, and performer will be featured on this concert.

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 pm

Centennial Campus Theater



Choir Concert

The PPCC choirs present an evening of choral music under the direction of Gayle Grace.

Monday, November 19, 7:00 pm

Centennial Campus Theater



Jazz & Percussion Ensembles

Join the PPCC Jazz and Percussion ensembles for a concert of lively and soulful music in the jazz tradition.  Jazz ensemble is under the direction of William Malone, with Bruce Anderson directing the percussion ensemble.

Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 pm

Centennial Campus Theater



Voice Majors Recital

Vocal music majors are featured in this concert of solo and small ensemble works for voice.

Monday, December 3, 7:30 pm 

Centennial Campus Theater



Instrumental Recital

Solo Instrumental recital by PPCC students including works for guitar, flute, violin, saxophone and more.

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 pm 

Centennial Campus Theater




Piano Recital  CANCELLED 

Piano students will perform on the Instrumental Recital

Centennial Campus Theater 

December 4 at 5:30 pm

Students majoring in piano present an evening of varied repertoire for the piano

Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 pm 

Centennial Campus Theater



Chamber Ensembles

A concert by student chamber ensembles featuring the PPCC Flute Choir under the direction of Julie Mynett and the PPCC String Ensemble under the direction of Teri Moon.

Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 pm 

Downtown Studio Campus, Room N-214



Opera Scenes

An evening of scenes from famous operas presented by PPCC students under the direction of Gayle Grace.

Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm 

Centennial Campus Theater



Percussion Recital

Recital of solo and small ensemble performances on timpani, snare, marimba and other percussion instruments.

Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 pm 

Downtown Studio Campus, Room N-214



The "Little" Big Arts Night

Explore the talents of PPCC artists and enjoy live music in this end-of-the semester arts celebration.

Friday, December 14, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Donwtown Studio Campus Art Gallery


All PPCC Music Department Concerts are Free and open to the public.

The donation of a non-perishable food item for the PPCC Student Food Pantry is always welcome and appreciated.

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Career Options

In the music field a world of possibilities are open to you. Studying music may lead to a multitude of career options. For instance you might consider these options:

  • Music Educator
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Other art fields with dance or theatre

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