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Music

Music at SFCC

SFCC is a premiere destination for students of music, whether their goal is to broaden their musical horizons for personal enrichment or to acquire a strong musical foundation for transfer to a four-year university.

Performance opportunities:

AFA, Music: The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music

A total of 100 credits must be obtained for a degree certification and transfer.

  1. 60 credits in Music
  2. 40 credits of General Education Requirements - these must include:
    • ENGL& 101 (5 credits)
    • MATH& 107 (5 credits)
    • Social Science (5 credits)
    • Lab Science (5 credits)
    • Non Lab Science (5 credits)
    • General Education Requirements (15 credits)
      • determined by transfer destination and in consolation with a music advisor

SFCC Performing Groups

SFCC Symphony Orchestra SFCC Chamber Singers SFCC College Chorale SFCC College Chorale SFCC Jazz Combo SFCC Vocal Jazz SFCC World Drumming

Concert Band performs an extensive repertoire of master works by composers from the Renaissance to the present. Membership includes college students and amateur and professional musicians from the Spokane area.

Symphony Orchestra is comprised of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in performing major symphonic repertoire. The ensemble, composed of students, amateurs and professional musicians, performs several concerts each season.

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble that performs music appropriate for smaller ensembles across a wide range of styles. This ensemble is intended for students with exceptional vocal and musical ability, who will self-start and practice regularly on their own. This ensemble performs many times each quarter (as well as on the quarterly Choral Concert) and tours each year, alternating regional with national/international destinations. You do not need to be a music major transfer student to audition. You merely need to have the desire to rehearse and perform high quality music at a high level.

Hear the chamber choir sing the National Anthem (arr. N. Lansing)

College Chorale is open to any interested student who wants to sing in an ensemble. This group is composed of MEN'S CHOIR (Meistersingers) and WOMEN'S CHOIR (Bella Voce), which rehearse separately but they meet every Friday to make CHORALE. No prior choral experience is required, but the director needs to hear each interested student's voice in a mini-audition designed to determine range and voice quality. Both groups and the combined Chorale perform quarterly at the Choral Concert.

Jazz Ensemble performs classic and contemporary jazz by the world's great arrangers and also serves as a performance lab for student compositions. This 23-piece 'Big Band' has toured to Hawaii, performed at the famed Montreau and North Sea jazz Festivals in Europe and received numerous awards at national and regional festivals. In addition to studio recording projects, the band performs regularly, often backing major jazz artists in concert.

Jazz Combos provide opportunities to study and perform jazz in a small group format. Emphasis is on improvisation and ensemble experience in a variety of jazz styles from bebop and blues to fusion. Combos record in the SFCC studio and perform throughout the community and at national jazz festivals.

Vocal Jazz is a select ensemble that performs vocal jazz both with and without a rhythm section. Depending upon group size, this class may also include a Vocal Jazz Solo Workshop, which will emphasize the skills needed to perform a vocal jazz solo. These skills include microphone technique, stage presence, stylization, improvisation, communication with a rhythm section and reading chord charts and lead sheets. Both the ensemble and the soloists will perform on the quarterly Choral Concert, and may be asked to perform in other venues as well.

SFCC World Drumming Ensemble is open to beginning, intermediate and advanced students with no prior expectation of drumming skills or music reading skills (although some background in both areas is helpful). This ensemble exposes you to the music cultures outside of the North-American continent, including African, Brazilian, Cuban, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban through drumming, singing and/or dancing heritages. Professional dancers often collaborate with this ensemble to augment the authentic experience of traditional and contemporary world musics. The college provides instruments for student use and a limited number of instruments may be checked out by enrolled students for practice at home.


For more information contact:

Spokane Falls Community College
Music Department
3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
MS 3150 Spokane, Washington 99204-5288
(509) 533-3720
music@spokanefalls.edu

or Counseling Center
(509) 533-3525

Class Credits
MUSC 100Music Fundamentals 5.0
MUSC& 105Music Appreciation 5.0
MUSC 106History of Popular Music 5.0
MUSC 108Music and Cinema 5.0
MUSC 109World Music 5.0
MUSC 111Improvisation I 1.0
MUSC 112Improvisation II 1.0
MUSC 114Contemporary Harmony 3.0
MUSC 115Symphony Orchestra 1.0-3.0
MUSC 124History of Jazz 5.0
MUSC 127Chamber Singers 1.0-3.0
MUSC 128Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2.0
MUSC 134Jazz Combo 1.0
MUSC 135World Drumming 1.0
MUSC 139Chorus Men 1.0-2.0
MUSC 140Chorus Women 1.0-2.0
MUSC& 141Music Theory I 5.0
MUSC& 142Music Theory II 5.0
MUSC& 143Music Theory III 5.0
MUSC 144Commercial Music Groups 1.0
MUSC 145Concert Band 1.0-3.0
MUSC 148Jazz Ensemble 1.0-3.0
MUSC 151String Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 152Vocal Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 166Functional Piano I 2.0
MUSC 167Functional Piano II 2.0
MUSC 170Fundamentals of Singing 1.0
MUSC 171Advanced Fundamentals of Singing 2.0
MUSC 176Beginner Piano Class I 2.0
MUSC 177Beginner Piano Class II 2.0
MUSC 178Beginner Piano Class III 2.0
MUSC 182Guitar Class I 1.0
MUSC 183Guitar Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 210Improvisation III 1.0
MUSC 214Contemporary Harmony II/Songwriting 5.0
MUSC 215Symphony Orchestra 1.0-3.0
MUSC 227Chamber Singers 1.0-3.0
MUSC 234Jazz Combo 1.0
MUSC 239Chorus Men 1.0-2.0
MUSC 240Chorus Women 1.0-2.0
MUSC& 241Music Theory IV 5.0
MUSC& 242Music Theory V 5.0
MUSC& 243Music Theory VI 5.0
MUSC 244Commercial Music Groups 1.0
MUSC 245Concert Band 1.0-3.0
MUSC 248Jazz Ensemble 1.0-3.0
MUSC 251String Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 252Vocal Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 276Advanced Piano Class I 2.0
MUSC 277Advanced Piano Class II 2.0
MUSC 278Advanced Piano Class III 2.0

Career Options

Music Building

Where do your interests lie in music? Do you enjoy performing, teaching, composing, recording? Do you listen to the Top 40, Classical and/or Jazz music? There are a wide-range of possibilities within the music industry that require individuals with talent and ability in all areas. Consider the following career possibilities:

  • Music Education (K-12th grade)
  • Performance/Entertainment
  • Private Instrumental Teachers
  • Music Instructors (2-yr. college, conservatory, university)
  • Composing, arranging and publishing
  • Conducting
  • Film Scoring
  • Song Writer
  • Music for Worship
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Pedagogue
  • Music Historian
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Sales and Service
  • Music Business/ Management
  • Recording Industry
  • Audio and Video Engineering
  • Piano Technician/Tuner
  • Instrumental Repair and Restoration Specialist
  • Musical Instrumental Builder and Designer

Fall 2014

Date Event Time Location
Monday, November 24, 2014 Community Concert Band and World Drumming 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Monday, December 1, 2014 Symphony Orchestra 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Choral Music 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Jazz Night 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium

CCS Students/Employees: FREE w/current ID – General Admission: $5 – Seniors (60+) and Students: $2

Winter 2015

Date Event Time Location
Monday, March 9, 2015 Community Concert Band 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Monday, March 16, 2015 Symphony Orchestra and World Drumming 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Choral Music 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Jazz Night 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium

CCS Students/Employees: FREE w/current ID – General Admission: $5 – Seniors (60+) and Students: $2

Spring 2015

Date Event Time Location
Monday, June 1, 2015 Community Concert Band 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Monday, June 8, 2015 Symphony Orchestra 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Choral Music and World Drumming 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium
Thursday, June 11, 2015 Jazz Night 7:00 PM SFCC Music Auditorium

CCS Students/Employees: FREE w/current ID – General Admission: $5 – Seniors (60+) and Students: $2

Facilities

Studying music at the Falls, students experience state-of-the-art facilities. Renovated in 2010, the music building includes a 613-seat auditorium for student, college, and community performances and events, a choir room, band room, ensemble studios, practice rooms, a piano lab, theory lab, midi lab, and recording studio. For information about booking the music auditorium or recording studio, see Facility Rental.

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Highlights

Keyboard Lab

Faculty members have strong educational and professional music backgrounds and actively perform and conduct throughout the Northwest.

Performance opportunities include solo recitals, ensembles, recording, concert production and national and international touring and competitions.

Performing groups include the Community Band, Community Symphony, Chamber Singers, College Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos and commercial music groups.

Opportunities for students to expand their music knowledge and experience through regularly scheduled workshops and concerts featuring regional and national artists.

The Music Building houses a 613-seat auditorium, electronic piano lab, and midi-lab. A recording studio is available for students to learn audio and recording techniques and to engineer and record demo tapes.

Past Recipients

2010-11

  • Hannah Beggs (violin)
  • Hillary Fisher (piano)
  • Marcus Farmer (guitar)

2011-12

  • Camrin Costello (voice)
  • Rana Mahmood (piano)

2012-13

  • Victoria Gust (voice)
  • Emily Ferguson (voice)

2013-14

  • Ashlee Karras (voice)

Performances

Scholarships

To support music students of exceptional promise, SFCC's Music program has an endowment scholarship account with the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation. Through the donations from our community, faculty, administration and staff, the Music Department awards scholarships to SFCC’s most promising artists with the goal of nurturing a vibrant musical culture in Spokane. Music brings joy and meaning to our community, invigorates business downtown, and provides important and varied opportunities for all voices to be heard and celebrated.

Donate

Currently, our endowment allows us to award a total of $1500 per academic year. Our goal is to reach a balance of $65,000 so that we may award scholarships in larger amounts. If you would like to help support promising artists in Spokane, donate today to the SFCC Music Student Scholarship account (account #5822). For donation information, visit the CCS Foundation donation website.

Apply

Each year the music department awards scholarships to students based on merit and academic performance.

Scholarship applications are due March 1 of every calendar year. Auditions for those applicants who are accepted will be held before the end of winter quarter and recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the senior secretary. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the senior secretary. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

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