Music at SFCC

SFCC is a premiere destination for students of music, whether their goal is to broaden their musical horizons for personal enrichment or to acquire a strong musical foundation for transfer to a four-year university.

Performance opportunities:

AFA, Music: The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music

A total of 100 credits must be obtained for a degree certification and transfer.

  1. 60 credits in Music
  2. 40 credits of General Education Requirements - these must include:
    • ENGL& 101 (5 credits)
    • MATH& 107 (5 credits)
    • Social Science (5 credits)
    • Lab Science (5 credits)
    • Non Lab Science (5 credits)
    • General Education Requirements (15 credits)
      • determined by transfer destination and in consolation with a music advisor

SFCC Performing Groups

SFCC Symphony Orchestra SFCC Chamber Singers SFCC College Chorale SFCC College Chorale SFCC Jazz Combo SFCC Vocal Jazz SFCC World Drumming

Concert Band performs an extensive repertoire of master works by composers from the Renaissance to the present. Membership includes college students and amateur and professional musicians from the Spokane area.

Symphony Orchestra is comprised of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in performing major symphonic repertoire. The ensemble, composed of students, amateurs and professional musicians, performs several concerts each season.

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble that performs music appropriate for smaller ensembles across a wide range of styles. This ensemble is intended for students with exceptional vocal and musical ability, who will self-start and practice regularly on their own. This ensemble performs many times each quarter (as well as on the quarterly Choral Concert) and tours each year, alternating regional with national/international destinations. You do not need to be a music major transfer student to audition. You merely need to have the desire to rehearse and perform high quality music at a high level.

Hear the chamber choir sing the National Anthem (arr. N. Lansing)

College Chorale is open to any interested student who wants to sing in an ensemble. This group is composed of MEN'S CHOIR (Meistersingers) and WOMEN'S CHOIR (Bella Voce), which rehearse separately but they meet every Friday to make CHORALE. No prior choral experience is required, but the director needs to hear each interested student's voice in a mini-audition designed to determine range and voice quality. Both groups and the combined Chorale perform quarterly at the Choral Concert.

Jazz Ensemble performs classic and contemporary jazz by the world's great arrangers and also serves as a performance lab for student compositions. This 23-piece 'Big Band' has toured to Hawaii, performed at the famed Montreau and North Sea jazz Festivals in Europe and received numerous awards at national and regional festivals. In addition to studio recording projects, the band performs regularly, often backing major jazz artists in concert.

Jazz Combos provide opportunities to study and perform jazz in a small group format. Emphasis is on improvisation and ensemble experience in a variety of jazz styles from bebop and blues to fusion. Combos record in the SFCC studio and perform throughout the community and at national jazz festivals.

Vocal Jazz is a select ensemble that performs vocal jazz both with and without a rhythm section. Depending upon group size, this class may also include a Vocal Jazz Solo Workshop, which will emphasize the skills needed to perform a vocal jazz solo. These skills include microphone technique, stage presence, stylization, improvisation, communication with a rhythm section and reading chord charts and lead sheets. Both the ensemble and the soloists will perform on the quarterly Choral Concert, and may be asked to perform in other venues as well.

SFCC World Drumming Ensemble is open to beginning, intermediate and advanced students with no prior expectation of drumming skills or music reading skills (although some background in both areas is helpful). This ensemble exposes you to the music cultures outside of the North-American continent, including African, Brazilian, Cuban, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban through drumming, singing and/or dancing heritages. Professional dancers often collaborate with this ensemble to augment the authentic experience of traditional and contemporary world musics. The college provides instruments for student use and a limited number of instruments may be checked out by enrolled students for practice at home.

For more information contact:

Spokane Falls Community College
Music Department
3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
MS 3150 Spokane, Washington 99204-5288
(509) 533-3720

or Counseling Center
(509) 533-3525

Class Credits
MUSC 100Music Fundamentals 5.0
MUSC& 105Music Appreciation 5.0
MUSC 106History of Popular Music 5.0
MUSC 108Music and Cinema 5.0
MUSC 109World Music 5.0
MUSC 110Instrumental Techniques 1.0
MUSC 111Improvisation I 1.0
MUSC 112Improvisation II 1.0
MUSC 114Contemporary Harmony 3.0
MUSC 115Symphony Orchestra 1.0-3.0
MUSC 124History of Jazz 5.0
MUSC 127Chamber Singers 1.0-3.0
MUSC 128Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2.0
MUSC 134Small Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 135World Drumming 1.0
MUSC 139Chorus Men 1.0-2.0
MUSC 140Chorus Women 1.0-2.0
MUSC& 141Music Theory I 5.0
MUSC& 142Music Theory II 5.0
MUSC& 143Music Theory III 5.0
MUSC 145Concert Band 1.0-3.0
MUSC 148Jazz Ensemble 1.0-3.0
MUSC 166Functional Piano I 2.0
MUSC 167Functional Piano II 2.0
MUSC 170Singing I: The Voice 1.0
MUSC 171Singing II: How It Works 1.0
MUSC 172Singing III: How to Use It 1.0
MUSC 176Beginner Piano Class I 2.0
MUSC 177Beginner Piano Class II 2.0
MUSC 178Beginner Piano Class III 2.0
MUSC 182Guitar Class I 1.0
MUSC 183Guitar Ensemble 1.0
MUSC 210Improvisation III 1.0
MUSC 214Contemporary Harmony II/Songwriting 5.0
MUSC 215Symphony Orchestra 1.0-3.0
MUSC 227Chamber Singers 1.0-3.0
MUSC 228Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2.0
MUSC 234Jazz Combo 1.0
MUSC 239Chorus Men 1.0-2.0
MUSC 240Chorus Women 1.0-2.0
MUSC& 241Music Theory IV 5.0
MUSC& 242Music Theory V 5.0
MUSC& 243Music Theory VI 5.0
MUSC 245Concert Band 1.0-3.0
MUSC 248Jazz Ensemble 1.0-3.0
MUSC 276Advanced Piano Class I 2.0
MUSC 277Advanced Piano Class II 2.0
MUSC 278Advanced Piano Class III 2.0

Career Options

Music Building

Where do your interests lie in music? Do you enjoy performing, teaching, composing, recording? Do you listen to the Top 40, Classical and/or Jazz music? There are a wide-range of possibilities within the music industry that require individuals with talent and ability in all areas. Consider the following career possibilities:

  • Music Education (K-12th grade)
  • Performance/Entertainment
  • Private Instrumental Teachers
  • Music Instructors (2-yr. college, conservatory, university)
  • Composing, arranging and publishing
  • Conducting
  • Film Scoring
  • Song Writer
  • Music for Worship
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Pedagogue
  • Music Historian
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Sales and Service
  • Music Business/ Management
  • Recording Industry
  • Audio and Video Engineering
  • Piano Technician/Tuner
  • Instrumental Repair and Restoration Specialist
  • Musical Instrumental Builder and Designer