The music program at LBCC offers students academic opportunities in music, and gives them a chance to participate in top-quality performing ensembles. On campus, students can work on individual music skills and begin some of the preliminary music courses for transfer to a four-year college or university, and/or enter the work of music business, music production, composition, music therapy, education or musical theater. Individual lessons are available in a variety of instruments. Introduction to Rock Music (MUS 105), History of Hip-Hop and Rap Music (MUS 106), History of Country Music (MUS 107), Music Fundamentals (MUS 101), Music Appreciation (MUS 161) and Music Cultures of the World (MUS 108) support general education degree requirements in the arts.

Students also have the opportunity to perform in several vocal and instrumental ensembles. The LBCC Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Small Ensemble are on campus, and students can perform in instrumental groups in cooperation with the Music Department at Oregon State University. Auditions may be required for some performance ensembles. Additionally, co-curricular vocal a cappella ensembles are also available on campus.

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree is designed for students planning to transfer to Oregon State University to pursue a degree in music or liberal arts. Classes that meet music requirements at OSU are listed below.

The AAOT is a general transfer degree and does not include program requirements. It is important that you identify the four-year school you plan to attend. You should review the requirements of the program you plan to study at that institution and take those classes at LBCC. You may want to work with two advisors; one at LBCC and a second at the institution you plan to attend to make sure you are taking the courses that will meet program requirements.

For information on music and related careers, plus the current employment outlook, access the Oregon Career Information System (CIS) located in the Career Center, Takena Hall 101.

Program Requirements

The Music Program requires participation in at least one performance ensemble for at least six terms selected from a choice of Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, or Small Ensemble. Additionally, students may participate in instrumental ensembles in cooperation with the Music Department at Oregon State University. Auditions may be required. Additionally, all students are required to take at least six terms of private lessons instruction. A limited number of tuition grants are available for students participating in a performance ensemble. For more information about tuition grants in music, please contact the Music program chair.

The AS degree is designed to be completed in two years, but this assumes that the entering student has tested into WR 121 English Composition and MTH 105 Math in Society class.

Most music programs, including OSU and University of Oregon, require transfer students to complete entrance exams in music theory, keyboard skills, and aural skills. Our offerings in music are designed to prepare you for these exams. Success on these exams will often allow you to test out of some lower-division requirements in the major. Some of the music requirements at Linn-Benton will count as elective credits instead of major requirements upon transfer, but these classes will build the skills you need to succeed in these competitive programs. See an advisor for a list of classes that transfer directly to the school you are interested in.