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If music be the food of love, play on! The greatest playwright of all time knew the significance of music to the human story. Today, we understand the deeper value of music. The talents of musicians are used in countless ways, from entertaining an audience with a live performance to invoking emotion in film and other media. Music is positively therapeutic, and accomplished musicians are vital and needed in all areas of the profession.
Members of the Parkside music faculty know the thrill of live performances. They are experienced performers, teachers, and researchers and are dedicated to helping you explore your love of music and discovering the best career path.
Whether your passion is singing, playing an orchestral string instrument, band instrument, classical guitar, or jazz, there's an ensemble for you. All music students (full and part time) are required to join an ensemble. You'll benefit from growth and creativity sparked by playing with your peers, led by professionals.
Learn more about the Music Department at Parkside.
Professor Alvaro Garcia started Parkside's orchestral program after completing two master's degrees from Yale University in viola performance and orchestra conducting. "Individual attention is paramount to us" he said. "I know every name of every music major. I know them personally. And that is important to our students."
Just a few years ago, the new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities opened. Garcia said the incredible space benefits the student learning experience and the student performing experience. "The Rita features acoustic rooms and performance space designed for music. It has recording capabilities and allows us to collaborate with the Arts, Theatre Arts, and Humanities departments," he said.
Opportunities exist in many related areas such as music publishing, radio and television, arts management, recording engineering, and various other aspects of the music industry.