Cowley College

V&P Arts

Music

Students interested in playing an instrument or singing in one of Cowley's vocal groups will find a program to suit their needs. Participation opportunities include large groups, individual lessons and classes in music theory and history. Students have the opportunity to be as involved as they want to be in the music program and performing groups.

The music faculty at Cowley is committed to providing students the highest quality education possible and seeks to equip its students with the skills and experience necessary to succeed.

Major in Music

Students who are very serious about studying music at Cowley will definitely be able to enroll in courses that will prepare them for transferring into a four year institution. Students wanting to major in music must show a passionate desire to play, teach, or be involved with music at some professional level. Students must have significant background from their high school situations in performance, private lessons, and music theory fundamentals and be extremely aware of the commitment and rigors of being in a college music program.

Academic Highlights

Courses offered for the serious music student include both performance classes and theory classes. Performance classes include individual lessons in instrumental and vocal music, small ensembles, concert band, jazz band, concert choir and show choir. Other music classes include music theory, ear training and sight singing, and music history. (Computer and synthesizer use is included as part of the theory and ear training curriculum.) Students also are encouraged to learn to play secondary instruments by enrolling in individual lessons.

Vocal Music

Concert Choir

Any student interested in singing may audition for the Concert Choir, which is featured throughout the year at concerts held on campus and is a vital part of the music department. The student needs to set up an audition time with the director.

C. C. Singers

The C. C. Singers are a highly visible and very entertaining performance ensemble. Students must be a member of the Concert Choir in order to audition for this very prestigious group. The C. C. Singers perform many times throughout the year on and off campus and plan a tour every year in the spring. Auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall semester.

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Instrumental Music

If you are interested in instrumental music, Cowley has an ensemble for you. Each group has major student involvement and frequently perform throughout the academic year. Performance classes are for music majors and non-music majors alike with the ultimate goal of being and enjoyable, education experience. Instrumental music groups (Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band) will perform a wide variety of music for various local and statewide functions. With an outstanding faculty, numerous performance opportunities, and a very supportive community, we invite you to get involved in music a Cowley!

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Degree Requirements

Course Procedures:

Transfer Options


The Music program at Cowley has established transfer articulation agreements with most four-year colleges and universities. This is designed to give the music major a solid background in all of the core music classes, enabling the students to successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

For more information contact:

  • David Smith, Director of Vocal Music, Phone: 620-441-5288, Office: BC218
  • Evan Ricker, Director of Instrumental Music, Phone: 620-441-5317, Office: BC207
  • Lindsay Allen, Vocal Instructor, Phone: 620-441-5362, Office: BC210