DVC Music Department

The Music Department is dedicated to providing quality music instruction for students preparing to transfer as music majors to four-year institutions, students interested in pursuing a career in commercial music and the recording arts, and students from the community interested in lifelong learning opportunities. Our curriculum is designed to provide a balanced education in the many facets of the musical experience, and to develop each student's musical and intellectual potential to the highest level of his or her capability.

Student playing hornThe Music Department offers instruction in the areas of instrumental music, vocal and choral music, piano, guitar, jazz, theory and musicianship, history and literature, world music, and music industry studies. Performance organizations include choirs, bands, an orchestra, piano ensembles, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, a vocal jazz ensemble, and rock bands. www.kdvc.org is the student run Internet radio station. 

The associate of arts degree in music is a comprehensive program of solo and ensemble performance, music theory, musicianship, piano proficiency, and literature in which students complete typical lower-division requirements for transfer to many four-year institutions as music majors at the junior level.

The department offers a vocational education certificate program in music industry studies (MIS). The MIS recording arts certificate prepares students for a career in the music and recording industries. The music industry, along with a growing number of manufacturing and information delivery industries, needs audio experts and musicians with technical skills and production experience. Students learn about the creation and production of recordings of music, and learn how to complete recording projects that are typical of those found in contemporary professional recording and production environments.

Degrees and certificates offered by the Music Department

Associate's Degrees

Associate in Arts for Transfer

Certificate of achievement

Possible career opportunities

Music prepares students for careers as performers, teachers, composers, historians, arts administrators, and more. Career options include: conductor, arranger, film scorer/composer, music business/manager, music editor, music supervisor/director, songwriter, transcriber, editor (print music publishing), choir director, midi engineering, recording engineer, studio director or manager, sound designer, music therapist, instrumental soloist, sound technician, and tour coordinator. Many careers require more than two years of study.

Associate degree and certificate program information

Other resources

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Contact Music

Chair: Matt Zebley
Telephone: 925-969-2702
Email: mzebley@dvc.edu
Office location: M-105 Campus map
Music Industry Studies: Nicholas Vasallo
Telephone: 925-969-2705
Email: nvasallo@dvc.edu
Office location: M-135 Campus map