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Lakeland Civic Music

Lakeland Community College has music groups that are open for any student or community member to join by audition. Learn more about our civic music performing groups here!

Lakeland's Academic Music Department

The music department offers an array of elective courses covering several mixes of musical categories including pop/rock and classical music to provide students with access to music career preparation. Classes emphasize music theory as well as applied instruction in voice, piano, organ, and a wide assortment of orchestral and band instruments, including jazz and popular music applications. Students taking classes in voice and keyboard will use the college's state-of-the-art computer integrated piano lab.

Many students interested in music as a profession choose to pursue an Associate of Arts degree at Lakeland and transfer credits to a four-year music school. Lakeland also hosts five community music ensembles, four of which are available to Lakeland students as for-credit courses. Admission to the Lakeland Civic Orchestra, Lakeland Civic Band, Lakeland Civic Chorus, and Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra is by audition, but these groups are open to all interested and able members. Jazz Impact is a jazz ensemble for talented high school students. In addition, Lakeland hosts an annual Young Artists Concerto Competition.

Benefits of the Program

Applied Music Courses

Lakeland offers two types of study in applied music. For beginning students in piano, voice and guitar, there are group lessons available on Lakeland's main campus. These can be scheduled like any other class.

For more advanced students and students on other instruments, lessons are offered through the Fine Arts Association. Students can sign up for either one credit hour or two credit hours of private lessons, equaling one-half-hour lesson or one hour lesson, respectively, each week for one 15-week semester. In addition to the tuition paid to Lakeland, students taking private lessons are responsible for scheduling and paying lesson fees to the Fine Arts Association. For more information, contact the music department.

Available Instruments

Voice - Piano - Organ - Flute - Oboe - Clarinet - Saxophone - Bassoon - French Horn - Trumpet - Trombone - Tuba - Percussion - Violin - Viola - Cello - String Bass - Guitar - Harp

Music Courses

Many Lakeland students choose to satisfy general education requirements by taking one or more of our excellent classroom courses in music. These courses are taught by our energetic and expert faculty, all of whom are chosen for their expertise in teaching.

  • Music Appreciation
  • World Music
  • Popular Music
  • Music History

Students wishing to deepen their experience with and understanding of the performance of music may be interested in our hands-on courses, each of which focuses on developing musical and technical skills.

  • Creating and Marketing a Song
  • Recording
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Music Theory
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Electronic Music


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