SPSCC Offering New Four Year Transfer Option for Students Studying Music

Friday, May 15, 2020

SPSCC is proud to introduce the Associate in Music - Direct Transfer Agreement degree beginning in the Fall Quarter 2020. 

The program’s impact is expected to extend far beyond the SPSCC campus, causing a ripple effect throughout the Thurston County community. “We have really good K-12 programs in Olympia, but there’s a gap at the higher ed level,” said Jennifer Hermann, Executive Director of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. “SPSCC offering the DTA will help attract music students to SPSCC who intend to continue music studies beyond their first two years, which will contribute to the overall stature of the musical climate in the South Sound. We are fortunate to have excellent music education at all levels in our region, and this new development will elevate it.”

Great community colleges are known for filling gaps in the community and using their focused resources, small class sizes, and affordable tuition to move their students toward a career. And that’s exactly what SPSCC is prepared to do through this two-year degree.

Successful students will be prepared to audition for, and transfer into, a university music program as a junior, but will get a start in a smaller and more focused environment than most universities provide. “The program will let students experience their introductory music classes in a small setting and develop a relationship with their professors and fellow students,” said Cameron May, a music faculty member at SPSCC.

The program combines performance ensemble training with private instruction in voice or instrument lessons.

At the end of each quarter, students will perform in the 500-seat Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, where nearly every music performance sells out.

The intended path for program graduates is to transfer to a university and earn a bachelor’s degree or beyond in music. While many music graduates go into teaching or performing, there are other career opportunities, such as music producers, music marketers, music therapists, and music technicians.

Students enrolling at SPSCC for this degree should select the Arts & Communications Pathway.

Musicians performing at SPSCC's orchestra concert
At the end of each quarter, students in the program will perform in the 500-seat Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, where nearly every music performance sells out.