Whether you are looking for a two-year program in pursuit of an A.A. degree or private instruction to brush up your musical skills, FCC offers a full range of musical courses.

For those seeking music instruction for their children or personal community ensemble playing opportunities, please take a moment to consider our impressive faculty pages. You will find our faculty have not only studied with some of the most prestigious music teachers in the country, but they also keep a very active performing schedule.

Programs & Courses

We offer a two- year A.A. Degree, Transfer with an option of Arts and Sciences- This program provides the first two years of a four-year degree program for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance, music education, music history or composition. It requires completion of general education courses and selected music courses. 

Prospective music students should contact Dr. Paula Chipman, CHA department chair, at 301.846.2566 for advising and more information on our program.


Music Courses

Within the A.A. degree program, we offer a variety of courses in music theory and history, ensemble performance classes, group instruction, and individualized lessons on over seventeen instruments, including voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. To find out more about the music courses available and when they are offered, please view the class schedule.

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Rundlett, Artist Series and Shields Scholarship Coordinator, at 301.846.2642 or Karen Santelli, CHA academic office manager at 301.846.2512.

Music for Enrichment, for Adults and Children

FCC’s Continuing Education division offers individual instruction, ages six through adult, for any level of study including piano, voice, guitar, brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion.  Students may choose 13 half-hour, 45-minute or hour-long sessions each semester.  A seven-week summer session is also offered. Click here to browse Continuing Education private music instruction.

Performance opportunities abound at FCC. Each student is encouraged to perform (subject to their instructor’s permission) during the semester at either our repertoire classes with stage presence coaching. Students may also choose to participate in one of the various active ensembles within our department. Click here to browse Continuing Education music ensembles. Check out our co-curricular calendar to see our concert and recital schedule or one of our many end-of semester student recitals. 

To register, students should first contact the instructor for availability and individual lesson scheduling. Click here to view faculty by instrument. Children under the age of six may study with permission your chosen instructor.  Students provide their own practice instruments.  After obtaining permission from instructor, consult the Continuing Education class schedule for specific course numbers and registration form.


Performing Music Ensembles

Credit and non-credit music ensembles include Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop II, Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir, String Ensemble and Percussion Ensembles. There are also opportunities to play in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra or sing in the Choral Arts Society of Frederick. Please contact the individual ensemble directors for audition requirements.