As students walk through the halls of the Arts and Allied Health building on the Puyallup campus, the familiar sounds of a choir, piano and other instruments echo through the building.
Pierce College Puyallup has many musical opportunities including a variety of music classes, private lessons and even opportunities that are open to the community outside of Pierce.
“These musical opportunities help community involvement,” Kenneth Owens, musical director at the Puyallup campus, said.
Owens primarily conducts and teaches the choirs at the college. Some choirs allow students to earn credits toward a degree, and others are available to anyone, including those who aren’t students at Pierce College.
Owens gives private piano lessons outside of his choir classes.
Jere Knudsten, another music instructor at Pierce College Puyallup, gives private lessons for those looking to improve skills in band instruments. Students also can check out instruments from the college if they’re unable to get their own.
Pierce College Puyallup also has piano rooms open to all students at a first-come, first-served basis.
“I’ve never even heard of the piano rooms,” Pierce College student Braydon Geimer said. “Now that I know about it, I think that it would be beneficial for people who play an instrument.”
These rooms are at the top floor of the AAH building. However, because these rooms are soundproof and fairly spacious, they’re also used for holding private music lessons.
Students are also able to major in music at Pierce and perform in either concert choir, vocal jazz, concert orchestra, concert band or the jazz ensemble. Several professors in the music field are available who are dedicating their lives to teaching students what they need to know.
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