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Start your career in music and get your music education at Sierra College! If you care about music and want a superior music education, Sierra College is the right choice. Here’s why:

The Music Department at Sierra College offers over 50 active courses, providing a lower division curriculum comparable to four year institutions. The Music Department has demanding and rewarding classes in theory, piano, voice, recording technology, commercial music, music history, music appreciation, jazz improvisation, rock and roll history, and jazz history, as well as offering students an opportunity to participate in our award winning performance ensembles including concert and chamber choir, instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and symphonic band and wind ensemble. Many performing opportunities await music students at Sierra College in the form of formal concerts, student recitals, community outreach events, and competitive and no-competitive festival participation. 

Need more? Here are some additional reasons why you should study music at Sierra College: 

  • Classes are taught by passionate professors who care about their students and recognize individual student needs and learning styles.
  • Our faculty includes accomplished professionals in their field who have a focus and commitment to teaching.
  • Classes are rigorous. You will be challenged and prepared for the world and university level work when you are finished.
  • Classes are transferrable to CSU and UC systems.
  • Classes are affordable, $36 per unit.
  • Sierra offers high quality online classes.
  • There are many on campus events and activities you can get involved in, plus we have a Music Club created and run by students!
  • Our numerous campuses-Rocklin, Gateway, NCC, and Truckee, are all beautiful! Have you come to visit yet?
  • And finally, our classes are FUN!

Our Mission:

It is the mission of the Music Department to provide for every level of student and community member an affordable and accessible musical education in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation. Whether students are interested in music career and technical training, transfer to a four year institution, or life long learning, the Music Department fosters a deeper awareness of the value that music plays in student and community life. Sierra College Music Department encourages students and community members alike to follow their musical passion by developing their musical skills thus making significant musical contributions to their lives and to their communities. 

Music

A.A. or A.S. Degree

The Music degree includes vocal and instrumental components, as well as courses in music, history, and theory. The general program is designed to provide students with a foundation in music theory and history. Performance opportunities in both vocal and instrumental music enhance a students’ understanding and skill levels. The Music degree prepares students for careers in music performance, education, composition, music industry, music publishing, and music therapy. The degree also prepares students for further study at a four-year institution. Students must fulfill major requirements and all Associate Degree Requirements for the A.A./A.S. degree.

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Raymond Ashton Part-time Faculty, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Ray began playing music in 1965. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1975 and a Masters Degree in Music from the... More

Ferhiz Brewer Part-time Instructor, Music

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

William "Bill" Carmody Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Michelle Coder Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

An adjunct professor with the Sierra Community College Music Department in Rocklin for six years and music instructor, choral conductor and... More

Michael Crain Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Richard Furnoy Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Robert Johnson Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Robert Johnson is a Northern California foothill native with a fourteen year history addressing the pro audio needs of clients here in the... More

Theresa Keene Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Greg McLaughlin Instructor, Music

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Greg McLaughlin is Chair of the Music Department and serves as Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Sierra College. An alumnus of Sierra... More

Sarah McQueen-Cunningham Instructor, Music

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sarah McQueen-Cunningham graduated from Kelseyville High School in 1999 where she sang in the Vocal Jazz Choir all four years. Upon graduation,... More

Dorla Menmuir Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Director of choirs and teacher of voice at Sierra College, she received her B.A. in Music History from the University of California, Riverside and... More

Stephen Miller Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Shelley Rink Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Shelley Rink has been teaching music at Sierra College since 2006. Shelley loves teaching piano and music fundamentals to Sierra College students... More

Jane Stave-Viemeister Department Chair, Instructor, Music

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Dr. Jane Stave Viemeister, pianist, composer and poet returned to west of the Mississippi to teach at Sierra College after a seven year sojurn... More

Tim Stephenson Part-time Instructor, Music

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Robert Bonner Part-Time Faculty, Music

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Born in Nevada City, California, Rob is a self-taught musician. After a tour in Vietnam, he returned to school and earned his degree in music. He... More

Michelle Coder Part-time Instructor, Music

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

An adjunct professor with the Sierra Community College Music Department in Rocklin for six years and music instructor, choral conductor and... More

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