Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Fine & Performing Arts/Speech Communication
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: PAC

What is the music program?

The Music program provides students with a focused study in musical foundations such as music theory, ear-training and sight singing, class piano, music literature, private instrumental, and vocal instruction. We focus on the appreciation and performance of instrumental and vocal music, and we offer specific courses that fulfill the first two years of a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in music and music preparation.

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Music Program Highlights

The Music program offers students the opportunity to study, take courses, and perform in our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, which includes: a 400-seat theatre; black box theatre; recital hall; rehearsal hall; recording studio; piano lab; computer lab; private practice rooms with Boston upright pianos in each; and smart classrooms.

Ensembles are open to all PAC students, not just music majors. We have Choir, Jazz Band, Wind band (Marching Mariachis), Mariachi, Drumline, and a Color Guard.

Music Career Highlights and Employment Positions

Students earning a degree in Music can pursue careers as a professional musician, music educator, composer, arranger, and music producer. 

Field of Study



Hector Garza
Department Chair



Dr. Armin Marmolejo
Associate Professor of Music

Fine and Performing Arts Center (PERF 164)


Edlyn DeOliveira
Instructor of Music

Fine and Performing Arts Center (PERF 165)