Parkland College Music Curriculum


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The Parkland Program

At Parkland, you’ll work with professional musicians who are also excellent teachers. Core music courses are taught by full-time, tenured faculty who hold doctorates in music composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Adjunct faculty hold degrees from institutions such as the UIUC, the Eastman School of Music, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Many faculty are published authors and BMI composers.

You’ll receive individualized attention in small classes where you’ll study music theory, aural skills, class piano, and music history. In Parkland’s state-of-the-art music computer labs, you’ll become adept at computer programs like Finale Notation software, Digital Performer sequencing software, and Band-in-a-Box. 

Parkland’s music program includes private instruction and the opportunity to develop your talents by performing with professional and student musicians in choral, instrumental, and jazz ensembles. You’ll also have opportunities to perform in musical theatre productions, either onstage or in the orchestra. 

The Associate in Fine Arts degree

Our Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree has been carefully designed to ensure that the greatest number of college credits will transfer to fine arts programs at institutions offering bachelor’s degrees. Students earn the A.F.A. degree by completing a prescribed set of transferable courses in one of the fine arts (art, music, or theatre) in consultation with a faculty advisor. Required courses include general education electives (described below).

Length of study

Students may earn the A.F.A. degree in two years of full-time study or longer if on a part-time basis.

General Education Courses

Part of the program’s curriculum includes general education—those courses that colleges and universities consider essential for every student’s success in college and life. Art and music majors typically must complete some courses in their major during their freshman and sophomore years; therefore, they are more likely to complete general education requirements over all four years to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Please refer to the college catalog for further information about the A.F.A. degree.

Higher Education

Parkland’s music graduates transfer to baccalaureate programs like those at the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, Olivet Nazarene University, and Bradley University. Studies show that students who transfer from community colleges do as well or better than those students who started at the four-year school.

Entry Requirements

No previous performance experience is necessary. High school graduation or equivalent is required. Assessment tests may be required for appropriate class placement.