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Wednesday, May 14 - De Anza Symphonic Winds. Free band concert on campus! 1:00 PM. Sunken Garden (in front of Flint Center), De Anza College.

Friday, May 30 - 33rd Annual Patnoe Jazz Festival Concert: 7:30PM. Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College. $20 general/$10 students and seniors. Featuring the De Anza Jazz Ensemble, Daddios Big Band, and special guests Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band.

Saturday, June 7 - Student Vocal Recital: 3:00 PM. Room A11. De Anza College.

Saturday, June 14 - De Anza Chorale and Vintage Singers: Opera and musical theatre choruses, folks songs, and arrangements in close harmony. 7:30 PM. Transfiguration Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. FREE for DE ANZA STUDENTS with ID.

Monday, June 16 - De Anza Chorale and Vintage Singers: Opera and musical theatre choruses, folks songs, and arrangements in close harmony. 7:30 PM. Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College. $10 general, $5 students. (Watch for information about additional vocal ensemble concerts)

Wednesday, June 18 - Jazz Ensemble and Daddios Big Band: 7:00 PM. Art Boutiki, 44 Race St., San Jose.

Friday, June 20  - De Anza Music Department Student Recital: 7:00 PM. Room A11. De Anza College

Saturday, June 21 - De Anza Symphonic Winds: 7:30 PM. Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College.

Watch here for information about other spring quarter concerts


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The De Anza Music Department offers courses for everyone from beginners to music majors. You can take day, evening, and online sections of courses that fulfill degree and transfer general education requirements.

  • Take comprehensive musicianship (sometimes known as music theory and musicianship) as the core of the lower division college degree program.
  • Join a vocal, instrumental, or jazz performing group.
  • Take a beginning instrument or voice class.
  • Learn to read music and more in music fundamentals class.
  • Discover Electronic Music.

Summer Session 2014 Classes

De Anza College summer session 2014 begins on June 30. See the college website for class schedules and registration/admissions information. Music classes include:

  • Introduction to Music: Music in Western Cultures (two options)
  • Class Piano I, II, III
  • Beginning Singing I, II
  • Classical Guitar I, II, III, IV

Music Department Classes

(This overview does not include all available music class sections, so please see the current schedule of classes at the De Anza College web site. Some class status was updated on 3/26/14óbut check the official schedule for most current information.)

Introduction to Music

Music 1 series classes fulfill "humanities and arts" general education (GE) requirements and some music transfer and certificate requirements:

  • Music 1A - Introduction to Music: Music in Western Cultures
    1. 9:30AM-11:20AM MW <-- new schedule this quarter!
    2. 9:30AM-11:10AM TTh <-- new schedule this quarter!
    3. Distance learning section (FULL)
  • Music 1B - Introduction to Music: Jazz Styles
    1. 10:30AM-12:20PM TTh
  • Music 1C - Introduction to Music: World Music
    1. 12:30PM-2:20PM TTh
  • Music 1D - Introduction to Music: Rock
    1. 2:30PM-4:20PM TTh

Performing Ensembles

Join one of our ensembles - they are open to all De Anza students!

  • Music 20: De Anza Chorale - 6:30PM-10:20PM M
  • Music 21: Vintage Singers - 11:30AM-12:20PM (1:20PM Friday) MWF
  • Music 31: Chamber Orchestra - 7:30PM-11:20PM Th
  • Music 34 Jazz Ensemble - 4:30PM-6:20PM MW
  • Music 42: Symphonic Wind Ensemble - 12:30PM-2:20PM MW
  • Music 45: Jazz Combos - 4:30PM-6:20PM MW
  • Music 68: Jazz Improvisation I, II - 6:30PM-9:20PM M

Instrumental/Vocal classes

Class sequences start at the beginner level, so you can learn to play an instrument or sing.

Comprehensive Musicianship Music Fundamentals

Comprehensive Musicianship (which you may know as "music theory") is the core two-year music major sequence preparing students to transfer into a music major at the junior level. Each one year sequence (Music 3ABC and Music 4ABC begins in the fall term and continues through the winter and spring terms.

Music Fundamentals is an introductory level course for students looking for basic skills in related areas and/or preparing to enroll in Comprehensive Musicianship.

  • Music 10A - Music Fundamentals - 11:30AM-12:20PM MWF
  • Music 3C - Comprehensive Musicianship I (first year) - 9:30AM-10:20AM MTWThF
  • Music 4C - Comprehensive Musicianship II (second year) - 8:30AM-9:20AM MTWThF

Electronic Music

An introductory class (Music 51) is offered every quarter for students who want to learn about using various technologies to produce music. An intermediate class (Music 8) is offered during the winter and spring term. (During spring 2014, students who cannot get into the MW Intro class should consider direct enrollment into Music 8.) See the Electronic Music website for more information.

  • Music 51 - Introduction to Electronic Music
    • 12:30PM-2:20PM MW
  • Music 8 - Intermediate Electronic Music*
    • 12:30PM-2:20PM TTh

This overview does not include all available music classes, so please check the current schedule of classes at the De Anza College web site.

Find more information on the Music Classes page.

Performing Groups

Do you wish you could play in the band or orchestra or sing in the choir? At De Anza College you can! Vocal, instrumental, and jazz performing groups are open to all De Anza students. Instrumental groups include a wind ensemble and chamber orchestra and guitar ensemble. There are choral groups for students of all levels and interests. The department has excellent vocal and instrumental jazz groups. Find out more on the Performing Groups page.

Concerts and Events

Music Department performing groups present public concerts each quarter. Student recitals and ensemble performances are featured during the final weeks of each quarter. Consult the Concerts and Events page for current information, and check the events page at the De Anza College web site. A list of department end-of-term concerts is available here.

Music Faculty

The Music Department Faculty includes teachers with broad experience in classical, jazz and popular music; voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds and strings; electronic music; and composition and music theory. Many are active professional performers.

Performing groups and classes are open to all De Anza College students!

Performing Groups

De Anza Chorale
Vintage Singers
Jazz Vocal Groups
Chamber/Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Daddios Jazz Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble

GE Music Classes

Introduction to Music classes (Music 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E) fulfill many transfer and certificate requirements for general education students, can apply to completion of the Music AA degree, and provide a general introduction to the art of music.


Comprehensive Musicianship
Music Fundamentals

Beginning Music Classes

Other instruments

Electronic Music

Intro to Electronic Music
Intermediate Electronic Music
 Updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:10:45 PM by Dan Mitchell -
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