Music at Richland College... equals excellence. Richland College is a great place to learn and perform with the best. We are the first two years, of a four-year music degree experience, and we
have a place for everyone in our music department. Music majors, music minors, as well as students who just want to learn and perform.
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Richland College is centrally located
near world-class performance venues, in
central Dallas, Texas, such as the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Dallas
Wind Symphony, and Fair Park Music Hall.
There are approximately 20,000 students enrolled at Richland, through a series of
on-campus, as well as distance learning
courses, in virtually every academic
discipline, making Richland one of the
largest two-year colleges in the U.S.
more than 30 years, Richland College, of
the Dallas County Community College
District, has focused on teaching,
learning, and community building, on its
243-acre campus. Students at Richland are
internationally and ethnically diverse,
speaking more than 90 first languages.
(Woodwind and brass music playing)
As a two-year college, Richland offers
the Associate Degree in Music, which we
view as affordable quality... as we like to
say, "low tuition for high-quality
experience." The Richland Music Department
has high transfer ability to most any
public or private university. Recent
music graduates have attended Berkeley,
UNT, SMU, and Juilliard, as transfer
Recent graduates are also conductors, educators, performers, and
retailers in all areas of the music
field. Richland College has established
these successes through many connections
over the years, with various music
professionals and university professors,
nationwide. The Richland College Music
Department has very unique course
offerings, such as, Digital Music
Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Music
Technology courses, Vocal Jazz Ensemble,
Fusion Percussion Ensemble, as well as Steel Band.
Richland also has six levels
of music theory -- from developmental -- to advanced.
You can enjoy smaller classes
in many areas that affords the
individual student more personalized
attention, to development and various needs.
The Richland College Music
Department is a very balanced department,
with equally strong areas in
instrumental and vocal music, as well as
music theory & literature, and methods
courses. Richland also provides music
education and conducting course
components, that prepare students wishing
to specialize in those musical fields -- at
Students study and perform in over 17 different ensembles, in all areas of music:
symphonic, commercial, jazz, pop, world, and choral. Richland has strong symphonic
ensembles, not usually found at two-year
institutions, nationwide, such as wind
symphony, chamber singers, and string
The Richland Music Department also provides a great chamber music
experience, with chamber strings, brass,
woodwinds, percussion, and piano groups
that focus on specialized literature,
particularly without the use of a conductor. Richland provides consistent quality
performing opportunities in our daytime
recital concert series, as well as our
evening concert series, occurring each
semester. Our music department has over
500 enrollments in music... in over 100
different music courses, each semester,
with all-state and professional-level
students, as well as students interested
in all areas of the music field.
College has spacious facilities and a newly renovated performance hall, with
state-of-the-art technology in lighting
and recording. We have a technology lab,
recording lab, and a piano lab, with the
latest technology in ear training
software, notation software, and Pro Tools software.
Richland's intermedia group
fosters unique collaborations, between
music students and projects in the
theater and video game departments.
Our students get hands-on experience,
recording live musicians, on stage, in our
hall. From the set up, through the session
and mix, to the final master, the students control the project.
Richland has a music scholarship program that awards ensemble participation scholarships,
as well as awards for music
majors that can cover from ten to fifty
percent of one's tuition for a semester.
Richland is usually less than
one-quarter of the cost per semester, or
year, than the cost for most four-year
colleges, and saves students a tremendous
amount of funds for their future schooling.
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Richland College has four full-time
faculty -- two of which are administrators, and over 20 adjunct professors, who are
well-known performers, clinicians, and authors in various fields of music.
Throughout the years, we have developed avery effective parallel to the
university experience, with more breaths, since we send our students all over the
U.S. and even Europe. Most of us have taught in both, universities, and
community colleges, so we realize the effectiveness of continuity and
preparation for upper-level studies.
We have an outstanding program in every
area, from music theory, to technology, with an exceptional faculty support for all
studies. It is our intent that each student will have an indelible
experience that will go with them through the remainder of their college
(Jazz choir singing)
The Richland Music Department provides
advising and registration for music majors, minors, and any student enrolling
in a music class, within the Music Department.
This provides the most accurate guidance for the music students, regarding their courses, and of course their careers.
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Richland College provides special events for student advancement, beyond the regular curriculum, with national and regional clinicians,
commissioning of new works, music festivals and competitions, run by our
students to learn leadership, as well as guest performers and conductors being
featured in concerts with our students.
An example of this, is our Carnival of
Steel, with guest-artists: Annie Nirelle, David Rudder, and Ray Holman. Richland
also provides opportunities to music students in performing groups -- to travel
nationally and internationally -- to perform in major concert and clinic
events. Examples would include the Texas Music Educators Convention in San
Antonio, as well as the Carnival Cruise lines in Cozumel, Mexico.
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We invite you, as students, parents, and directors, to become a part of the Richland College Music experience -- one of excellence that leads to the four-year degree. Come to Richland: learn and perform.