Prepare for a career as a performer by training with professional musicians. Gain confidence through a broad range of performance experiences, including with bands, ensembles, choral, opera and musical theater, as a soloist and more. Master foundational knowledge of music theory.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
On Campus

  • Explain and apply the fundamental principles of music theory
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in vocal or instrumental music performance
  • Identify current trends and industry standards affecting the field of music performance

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The local industry is projected to remain stable over the next decade with support from a variety of music, television and audio recording studios. Graduates are hired to be performers in choruses, bands, orchestras, dance, opera and theater groups.

Potential employers include: These positions are available in local orchestras, ballets, and a variety of theater or dance productions companies. Many performance artists work on a freelance or contract basis.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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