Whether music is a hobby or your life's passion, you're sure to find your tune at Pierce College. In addition to a variety of introductory music courses for the non-music major, Pierce College offers a transfer degree for students wishing to complete their first two years of study for a bachelor's degree.
Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in music are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce. For example, most institutions require proficiency tests in music theory, performance,and piano courses.
The following courses are recommended for music majors:
Other courses also available for students with interest in music:
The cornerstone of Pierce´s music department is the large vocal and instrumental performance groups. These include:
Throughout the year, these groups, which are open to the public to join, perform in a variety of settings, from the quarterly concerts at Lagerquist Hall at Pacific Lutheran University to jazz festivals at the University of Idaho, Reno, and North Texas.
Annually, international artists, such as Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Tom Scott, Kurt Elling, Eric Marienthal, and John Pizzarelli have performed with our award-winning jazz groups as part of the Pierce College Jazz Expo.
Pierce's 21-station Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) lab at Pierce Fort Steilacoom provides students an excellent facility for traditional theory and piano classes, and enables students to master computer and synthesizer techniques for composition, performance, and audio production courses.
Each station has a computer loaded with notational and sequencing software, a digital piano, a synthesizer, and more.
In addition to the MIDI studios, the Fort Steilacoom campus has three recording studios, where audio classes are taught and college performance groups are recorded.
P/T Music Instructor
FS P/T Music Instructor
253-964-7326 Ext. 3101
253-964-7326 Ext. 3117
P/T Adjunct Faculty
253-964-7326 Ext. 3067
P/T Music Instructor
253-964-7326 Ext. 3060