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Music and Sonic Arts

Cascade Campus, MAHB 208 | 971-722-5092 | Advisor: Darcy Demers | Faculty


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Music and Sonic Arts is a program for musicians, artists, and designers interested in contemporary and future-facing tools, methods, and mindsets for sonic composition, performance, production, and design.

Why choose Music and Sonic Arts at PCC?


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More information about the program

Music and Sonic Arts is a program unique in the state, region, and nation. In a caring and supportive environment, with the help of contemporary and emerging technologies, students push the boundaries of music and sound, discovering what is artistically and technologically possible.

The Music and Sonic Arts program values, welcomes, and teaches the contributions of people of different identities and backgrounds, and encourages students to imagine the important, possible roles of music, sound, and technology in positive social change.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Creative Coding and Immersive Technologies2 years
Associate Degree: Music and Sonic Arts2 years
Career Pathway Certificate: Creative Coding and Immersive TechnologiesLess than 1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: Music and Sonic ArtsLess than 1 year


What will you learn?

Students of Music and Sonic Arts acquire a broad range of artistic and technical knowledge:

  • Contemporary music theory
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Studio and home recording
  • Music production
  • Composition
  • Sound design
  • Computer programming for musical and artistic purposes
  • Social responsibility and engagement

What will you do?

Dependent largely on your interests, careers in Music and Sonic Arts include:

  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Composer
  • Sound designer
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Technician

Who will hire you?

Many musical professionals are self-employed, and the types of people and companies you can work for are varied.

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