Skagit Valley College offers a number of music courses for the major and non-major. The student who wishes to major in music should meet with Dr. Diane Johnson and plan a two-year program that will meet his or her transfer needs. Be aware that when transferring to a four-year school or to a music conservatory, students will be asked to take a music theory placement test as well as a piano proficiency examination. Your academic preparation for a music major should include music theory and piano study as well as ear training. Music majors are expected to practice their craft all four years of college and not just in junior and senior years as with some other majors. Because of this, careful academic planning is advised. Our Associate in Music DTA/MRP degree, based on the new statewide Associate in Music DTA/MRP, Is especially designed for music majors (see Degrees & Certificates Quick View for more information).
Performing ensembles are also an important part of your musical development. Skagit Valley College offers many opportunities to perform on campus as well as out in the community with some of our community ensembles. Contact Dr. Diane Johnson at 360.416.7655 for more details.
For non-music majors who love to sing or play an instrument, we offer 2 choirs: MUSC 137 and MUSC 138 (auditioned only); a Jazz Band (MUSC 164 ) or a number of music classes in various areas, including: History of Jazz (MUSC 128 ), History of Rock and Roll (MUSC 127 ), Music Appreciation (MUSC& 105 ) and World Music (MUSC 129 ). These music courses may satisfy some of your required 15-20 credits of studies in the arts. Check with your counselor for more details.