Music Studies: Flightpath

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

The study of music is the heart of a liberal arts education. The Fine and Performing Arts Department provides an ideal environment for such an education, with a diverse Music Studies curriculum that features creative courses in music theory, history, technology, and performance.

Alumna Erin GilleyThe UCC Fine and Performing Arts Department offers a comprehensive two-year Music Studies program for vocal and instrumental students. It is approved for transfer to the University of Oregon School of Music, Western Oregon University, and to liberal arts and education programs at most four-year colleges and universities. UCC also offers an associate of science degree in music which is articulated with Southern Oregon University.

Watch video about alumna Erin Gilley and how her UCC education led her to a music teaching career.

The coursework in Music Studies at UCC includes two (2) years of music theory and ear training, private lessons, and music literature. UCC's award-winning performance groups include choir, band and orchestra, with groups specializing in both jazz and classical music. Additional classes are offered in jazz improvisation, music technology, jazz history, rock history, and world music.

Merit awards are given to outstanding music students each term. Call the music faculty at 541-440-4693 for more information.

Not sure about studying music? See the Forbes article, "Ten Reasons to Let Your Kid Major in Music."

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It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Music program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Facts

Leisure and hospitality jobs growth in Oregon

Arts, entertainment and recreation job growth in Oregon grew by 6% as of June 2018. While many jobs in this industry are reliant upon tourism, local spending also plays a significant role. Overall, over 200,000 jobs are related to Oregon's Leisure and Hospitality industry. Professional musicians make up a smaller portion of these jobs. However, musicians are also employed in government and private education as teachers. The outlook is good for working as a professional musician or as a music educator. Data chart courtesy of State of Oregon Employment Department. See full report : Oregon's Leisure and Hospitality Industry.

Music Studies at UCC provides a foundation for students wishing to pursue a professional career or simply improve their musical skills. Recent UCC graduates have found their vocation in music education, sacred music, music therapy, arts administration, music performance and production.

Where Do Students Go?

Students who complete the two-year Music Studies program go on to be successful at many public and private Oregon universities. UCC graduates often stand out at the university level and become student conductors, music theory tutors, and award recipients. Here is a short-list of some transfer institutions:

Transfer Guide

Students planning to transfer should work closely with UCC faculty and advisers, and with representatives from the receiving college or university. There may be special requirements for specific programs or schools.

The UCC Fine and Performing Arts Department designs its classes to accommodate music students and community musicians, and offers music classes in the following subject areas:

  • Music Theory
  • Music Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Music Literature
  • Jazz History
  • Rock and Roll History
  • Music Technology
  • Improvisation
  • Individual voice or instrument instruction

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Jason Heald - Contact
Director, Associate Professor, Music
Phone: 541-440-4693

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