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Clark's Music program offers students an abundance of experiences in music theory, instrumental and vocal performance training, music appreciation and music history.

Courses are designed to prepare the music major for advanced studies while providing the non-major with the skills and background to enjoy music as a cultural pursuit.

Music Concerts

The Clark College Music Department hosts a variety of concerts and programs, like the annual Jazz Festival, that are open to the public and mainly free.

Upcoming Events

  • Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert - November 17, 7-9:30pm, Gaiser Hall 150

For show information and concert dates, visit our music events page. 

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Shelly Williams
Music Program Coordinator
360-992-2662
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Develop Your Musical Talent at Clark

At Clark, faculty bring professional experience to help develop a student's interests while building a foundation of musical aptitude for a rewarding career in the arts. Areas of focus include concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choir. If you are interested in a specific area, we encourage you to contact the music department staff to assess your needs and goals.

Concert Band

Courses: MUSC 180, 181, 182, 280, 281, 282

Open to students with experience performing on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The Clark College Concert Band performs a wide spectrum of standard concert band and contemporary wind ensemble literature in a minimum of one concert per quarter. Topics include musical excellence, and skills for teamwork and leadership.

No auditions are necessary to enroll, but the student must be able to perform on their instrument at a level commensurate with the difficulty level of the music being performed. Before enrolling, students may also be asked to meet with the director and/or provide a recommendation from a prior music director or musical peer of the instructor’s discretion, in order to assess if the student’s goals are appropriate for the overall goals and needs of the Clark Bands.

Contact

Richard Inouye, Director of Bands 

Phone - 360-992-2188

Email - rinouye@clark.edu

Jazz Ensemble

 Courses: MUSC 195, 196, 197, 295, 296, 297 

Open to students who perform on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drum set. Topics include performance techniques of jazz styles and repertoire and introduction to a wide variety of jazz subjects from improvisation and jazz history to understanding Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz rhythm. Additional topics include musical excellence and skills for teamwork and leadership. Jazz improvisation skills are not required, but strong music reading skills are required and instrumentation in the ensemble is limited.

Acceptance into the ensemble will be assessed at the beginning of the term by audition. Students may also be asked to meet with the director and/or provide a recommendation from a prior music director or musical peer of the instructor’s discretion in order to assess if the student’s goals are appropriate for the overall goals and needs of the Clark Bands.

Contact

Richard Inouye, Director of Bands 

Phone - 360-992-2188

Email - rinouye@clark.edu

Women's Choral Ensemble, Chorale, Concert Choir 

 Courses: MUSC 137, 138, 139, 237, 238, 239, 153, 154, 155, 253, 254, 255, 183, 184, 185, 283, 284, 285

There are three choirs at Clark College.  Membership in all three choirs occurs either by audition (see attached audition evaluation) or by interview/recommendation. The Choir Director will accept vocalists by requesting prospective choir members to perform a pre-chosen piece indicative of the level of skill necessary, by interview, or by recommendation. 

Students will be contacted by the choir director for an audition/interview to determine acceptance for that term.  Vocal balance in each choir is essential to the success of the choir; therefore, the needs of the choirs are fluid.  Students interested in singing in a Clark College choir are encouraged to contact the director before the beginning of each term to determine needs of the choir for current or future terms.

Contact

Dr. Jacob Funk, Director of Choirs

Phone- 360-992-2245

Email-  jfunk@clark.edu

 Orchestra

 Courses: MUSC 150, 151, 152, 250, 251, 252

The Clark College Orchestra is a collaborative music organization composed of students, faculty, and community members. The Orchestra Conductor will accept musicians by requesting prospective members to play a pre-chosen piece indicative of the level skill necessary, by interview, or by recommendation. Students who enroll in MUSC& 150, 151, 152, 250, 251, 252 will be contacted by the conductor for an audition/interview to determine acceptance for that term.   

Each term the music selections for the Orchestra change, and therefore the needs of the Orchestra are fluid.  We encourage all students interested in the Orchestra to contact the conductor before the beginning of term to determine Orchestra needs for current or future terms.

Contact

Dr. Don Appert, Music Department Chair, Orchestra Music Director

Phone- 360-992-2195

Email: dappert@clark.edu


Music Scholarships

There are several schorlarships available for music majors and for students taking various music courses. Scholarships are based on several factors including financial need, GPA, and number of credits.

Please contact Dr. Don Appert for more information at dappert@clark.edu or 360-992-2195.

Career Opportunities 

Employment opportunities for Musicians exist in a variety of formats: professional performer, composer, conductor, music educator, and administrator/salesperson/director in a music related business.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, employment forecasts for Musicians are projected to grow at a rate of 4%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $21.29.

Degree Options

Music
The Music program at Clark offers students an abundance of experiences in music theory, instrumental and vocal performance training, music appreciation and music history. Courses are designed to prepare the music major for advanced studies for transfer to a four-year bachelor's music degree while also providing an enriching experience to the non-music major with the skills and background to fully enjoy music as a cultural pursuit.
Associate in Music DTA/MRP (AA)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
10 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
MATH&107
MATH IN SOCIETY
5 cr.
Humanities (15 credits required)
15 cr.
MUSC&141
MUSIC THEORY I
5 cr.
MUSC&142
MUSIC THEORY II
5 cr.
5 credits other discipline
5 cr.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
15 cr.
Selected from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
Selected from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. At least 10 credits in Physical, Biological and/or Earth Sciences. Shall include at least one laboratory course.
Major Area Requirements
MUSC&121
EAR TRAINING 1
1 cr.
MUSC&122
EAR TRAINING 2
1 cr.
MUSC&123
EAR TRAINING 3
1 cr.
MUSC&221
EAR TRAINING 4
1 cr.
MUSC&222
EAR TRAINING 5
1 cr.
MUSC&223
EAR TRAINING 6
1 cr.
MUSC&143
MUSIC THEORY III
5 cr.
MUSC&231
MUSIC THEORY IV
3 cr.
MUSC&232
MUSIC THEORY V
3 cr.
MUSC&233
MUSIC THEORY VI
3 cr.
In-house diagnostic testing and/or auditions might affect the credits accepted in theory and ear training. Students are advised to check with the receiving institution.
MUSC 101
BEGINNING PIANO CLASS
2 cr.
MUSC 201
INTERMEDIATE PIANO CLASS
2 cr.
Applied Instrument, Piano, or Voice
6 cr.
All MUSCA Courses (MUSCA 101-286)
Applied Voice: MUSC 170, 171, 172,270, 271, 272
Applied Piano: 173, 174, 175, 273, 274, 275
In-house auditions might affect the credits accepted in this area. Students are advised to check with the receiving institution.
Major Performing Ensemble
Any of the following:
12 cr.

Orchestra: MUSC 151, 152, 153, 251, 252, 253
Concert Band: MUSC 180, 181, 182, 280, 281, 282
Concert Choir: MUSC 183, 184, 185, 283, 284, 285
Total Required Credits: 108
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Meet audition standards for any necessary proficiency exams in music theory for transfer to a four-year school of music.
  • Perform a standard body of literature at a proficiency level relevant to pursuit of a BA or BM degree in music.
  • Demonstrate musicality through participation in recorded performances.
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)