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

Spring Semester 2018


Concert of Love

PPCC Music students and faculty present a valentine themed “Concert of Love”.

Centennial Campus Theater, Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:30 pm


Guest Artist George Humphries in Recital

Internationally known opera singer, George Humphries, presents a recital of vocal highlights.

Centennial Campus Theater, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:30 pm


The Singing Quakers

Guest artists, The Singing Quakers, from Friends University perform a diverse program of choral music.

Centennial Campus Theater, Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm


Faculty Recital

Music Department Chair, William Malone, is featured in an evening of virtuosic saxophone music.

Also featured are piano faculty members Sara McDaniel, Abe Minzer and Shazia Ali.

Downtown Studio Campus, Room N-214, Tuesday, April 10 - 7:30 pm


Choir Concert

The PPCC Singers and Select Choirs perform an evening of choral music under the direction of Gayle Grace.

Centennial Campus Theater, Monday, April 16 - 7:00 pm


Jazz and Percussion Ensembles

The PPCC Jazz Ensembles under the direction of William Malone, and the PPCC Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Bruce Anderson provide a lively and entertaining evening of music.

Centennial Campus Theater, Tuesday, April 17 - 7:00 pm


Voice Class Recital

The voice class presents their end-of-semester performance.

Centennial Campus Theater, Monday, April 30 - 5:30 pm


Voice Majors Recital

Students majoring in voice present an evening of solo and small ensemble vocal selections.

Centennial Campus Theater, Monday, April 30 - 7:30 pm


Instrumental Recital

Music students majoring in guitar, French horn, clarinet, flute, violin and other instruments present their formal evening performances.

Centennial Campus Theater, Tuesday, May 1 - 5:30 pm


Piano Majors Recital

Students majoring in piano performance present a wide variety of music in this formal evening concert.

Centennial Campus Theater, Tuesday, May 1 - 7:30 pm


Chamber Music Concert

PPCC students present an evening of chamber music featuring the PPCC String Ensemble and the PPCC Flute Choir.

Centennial Campus Theater, Wednesday, May 2 - 7:30 pm


Musical Theater Scenes

Under the direction of Gayle Grace, music students perform excerpts from popular Broadway and other musical theater shows.

Centennial Campus Theater, Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 pm


The Big Arts Night

The PPCC Fine Arts departments join forces to present the “Big Arts Night” of music, performances, food and fun to coincide with the opening of the student art show in the Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery.

Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery & Surrounding Areas, Friday, May 4 - 5:00-7:30 pm



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

Careers in Music