Academy Credit Programs

Performing Arts (PFA): Music Track (Associate Degree) 

This track allows students to focus on developing musical skills while exposing them to a larger artistic curriculum including theatre, dance, and visual arts courses, along with general education classes. Music Track students take private lessons and receive a thorough foundation in music theory, aural skills, and history. Courses are available in all styles of music including contemporary/pop, musical theatre, jazz and classical, and are specifically designed to help students successfully audition for various four-year music programs (arts administration, audio production, business, composition, education, performance, music therapy, etc.). Students may study an instrument, voice, or composition and have numerous opportunities to perform in large ensembles such as Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir as well as act in a main stage musical.

Music Performance Certificate (MPC)

This intensive musical performance preparation program is designed for the college student who seeks further musical study before auditioning for entrance as an applied music major at a four-year college or music conservatory. In addition to musical performance preparation, the program provides foundations in music theory and history and freshman-level English language skills. 

Students interested in declaring a music major should also email Dr. Christopher Brellochs at christopher.brelloc@sunydutchess.edu

College students may declare a primary and secondary major at Dutchess Community College. To declare PFA: Music Track or MPC as a primary or secondary major schedule an appointment with music advisor Francisco Roche-Escalera (francisco.rocheescal@sunydutchess.edu).

Courses in all styles of music

Contemporary Pop Jazz Classical Musical Theatre
Electronic Music Workshop Jazz Improvisation Music Theory History of American Musical Theatre
Vocal Repertoire Jazz History Aural Skills Vocal Repertoire
    History of Music Theatre Practicum
      Previous musicals include In the Heights, Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Kiss Me Kate and The Wedding Singer!

Individual Lessons

1-3 credits

Students may also form ensembles/groups – such as a jazz trio, a cappella quartet, or rock band and receive professional coaching!

Ensembles Student Clubs
Chorus Masquers' Guild
Orchestra Produces fully staged Broadway revues and plays.
Jazz Ensemble  
Show Choir  

Transfer Colleges

DCC students have been accepted to Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Brooklyn College, College of Saint Rose, Crane School of Music, Hunter College, Ithaca College, The New School, Northwestern University, Shenandoah University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, Western Connecticut State University, and more!

Career Paths for Music Majors

Teaching and performing are just the tip of the iceberg. Students graduating with a music degree may choose to pursue the following careers: accompanist, arts administration, arts management, composer, conductor, audio engineer, film scoring, music business, music for game development, music therapist, musical instrument repairs, performer, road manager, teacher.

Click here for more information about the PFA and MPC programs.