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Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

More Options: Classroom Based, Online

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range, Downtown Studio

Transferability: Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Why choose Music at PPSC?

Music courses at PPSC provide an introduction into the examination of sound as a vibrant art form and our faculty will help you explore your talents. You'll receive training in performance and composition and become knowledgeable about music history and theory. Classes are open to all students beginning through advanced. Music students can go on to explore careers that include teaching, performing, composing, music therapy, and the music business.

Transfer Opportunities

The Associate of Arts Music degree is guaranteed to transfer to any state institution in Colorado.

Explore Your Passion

At PPSC you get to choose an area of specialization and have the option of getting credit for one-to-one personalized instruction.

Experience The Sound

PPSC hosts recitals and other musical events where students have the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences.

What do PPSC Music students study?

As a music student, you will study a wide variety of music theory and instruction in areas of personal interest. 

  • Participation in ensembles
  • Private instruction in areas of student's choosing
  • Ear training and sight singing
  • Fundamentals of harmony

Students receive a large base of foundational knowledge as well as the opportunity to specialize in an area of expertise.

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Music Classes You Might Take

Music is an art form and cultural activity with sound and silence as the medium. Common elements of music are pitch, rhythm, dynamics and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping. The creation, performance, significance and even the definition of music varies according to culture and social context.

Presents music fundamentals, diatonic four-part harmony, analysis, and keyboard harmony.


Presents modulating and chromatic exercises in sight-singing and dictation. Dictation includes four-part writing.


Provides a survey of the history and literature of Western Art Music from Antiquity through the Baroque.


Offers private instruction consisting of a thirty or sixty-minute lesson per week. Participation in a student performance is required at least once each term. Music Majors are required to attend the Thursday Symposium each week (12:30-1:30 pm). Students taking non-major or pre-major lessons are welcome to attend Symposium but it is not required.

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Holly Eickstedt

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PPSC highly prepared me for a four-year school, better than I could have imagined.

Holly Eickstedt
PPSC Graduate | UCCS Transfer Student


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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Music degree program, students should be able to:

  • Recognize Western musical forms and styles from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century
  • Apply concepts of music theory to the analysis of music compositions
  • Apply the fundamentals of music to the voice or specific musical instruments
  • Performs various types of musical literature


Program Plan

math & english requirements

Program Plan

Courses & Credit Hours

  • Music Theory I; Mus 1010- 3 credits
  • Ear Training/sight Singing I; Mus 1012- 1 credit
  • Applied Lessons; Mus 1041-2 credits
  • Music Ensemble; Mus 1051-1 Credit
  • Music keyboard; Mus 1031- 2 credits
  • English 1021- 3 credits
  • Math 1020 or 1021-4 credits

Total Credits: 16


Courses & Credit Hours

  • Music Theory I1; Mus 1011- 3 credits
  • Ear Training/sight Singing I; Mus 1011- 1 credit
  • Applied Lessons; Mus 1042-2 credits
  • Music Ensemble; Mus 1052-1 Credit
  • English 1022- 3 credits
  • Physical science with lab- 4 credits

Total Credits: 14

Courses & Credit Hours

  • Music Theory III; Mus 2010- 3 credits
  • Ear Training/Sight Singing I; Mus 2012- 1 credit
  • Applied Lessons; Mus 2041-2 credits
  • Music Ensemble; Mus 2051-1 Credit
  • Mus History (1021) or Jazz History (1025) or World Music (1023) - 3 credits
  • Physical Science- 3 credits
  • Social Science – 3 credits

Total Credits: 16

Courses & Credit Hours

  • Music Theory IV; Mus 2011- 3 credits
  • Ear Training/Sight Singing IV; Mus 2013- 1 credit
  • Applied Lessons; Mus 2042-2 credits
  • Music Ensemble; Mus 2052-1 Credit
  • Mus History (1022) or Jazz History (1025) or World Music (1023) - 3 credits
  • History-3 credits
  • Social Science – 3 credits

Total Credits: 16

math & english requirements

MAT 120

ENG 120 and ENG 121

Music Faculty Contact

Students interesting in majoring in music should contact Gayle Grace Gayle.Grace@pikespeak.edu to arrange for an audition and to determine theory class placement. 

To sign up for private lessons or general music advising please contact one of the following faculty members:

Gayle Grace, Department Chair

Shazia Ali:

William Malone

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