Welcome to Music Department
Welcome to one of the finest community college music programs in the state of California, if not the nation. Nearly 800 majors and over 4,000 students per semester study one or more of 80 classes in music appreciation, music history, music theory, applied music, commercial music, piano pedagogy, and sound recording, and excel in one or more of 25 performance groups. When measured against the enrollments of the 109 other community college Music programs in California, the Fullerton College Music Department ranks an amazing #1 in enrollments in the state.
The Music Department maintains a special transfer agreement to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. The Music Department sponsors the largest high school jazz festival in the Western United States, a high school choral festival, and a piano ensemble festival. Performance groups hold concerts and recitals in the Campus Theatre, Recital Hall, Wilshire Auditorium, and multiple off campus venues.
The Music Department faculty at Fullerton College considers the first two years of college to be the most important. It is during that time that students establish work habits, values, and attitudes that continue for a lifetime. To aid in the positive development of the whole person the music faculty and curriculum pursue the following goals:
- To provide an environment in which performance, composition, musical literacy and technology are integrated. The synthesis of these elements will prepare the student for a musical career as a performer, writer, teacher, producer, engineer, or business person.
- To offer a coherent musical education curriculum that provides knowledge and understanding of all musical forms and styles. Students should be able to recognize the importance of music to their society and enable them to have a more informed worldview.
- To recognize music as a multi-cultural and multi-national Art which fosters, through its performance, a respect for the diversity of all peoples, beliefs, and expressions.
- To help students to see education as a learning process which permits one to see and think clearly and that this process is of greater importance than the transfer of information from teacher to student.