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Career Studies Certificate

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TCC’s expanding music offerings include performance groups in jazz, orchestra and chorus

Specialized classrooms and practice rooms are outfitted with music stands and grand pianos. In addition, a piano lab is available so you can practice piano and music sight reading.

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Is music your passion? Do you enjoy performing? Then check out the music program at Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk Campus. Study the fundamentals of music, music theory and music appreciation. Gain new levels of confidence by joining an ensemble and performing on campus. 

The program includes applied instruction in your major instrument or voice. All credits earned through this certificate are stackable to the college's new Associate of Fine Arts.

Areas of study include:

  • Ensemble groups to enhance performance skills
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Piano class to include music sight reading
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What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Music consists of between 23 and 26 credits, with classes held mainly on the Norfolk Campus.

If your schedule does not permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
23-24 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,263.05 - $4,448.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Apply your credits to an associate degree at TCC, or transfer to a four-year school to study music.

Is this program for you?

Successful students:

  • are passionate about music
  • are excited about performing in ensembles
  • believe practice may not make perfect, but it does improve results
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Students who are enrolled in applied lessons perform once or twice every semester during student recitals

Learn from faculty who are passionate about music and perform vocal and instrumental music, on campus and in the community

Join TCC Chorus, Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble or Percussion Ensemble and practice what you are learning


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