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For more information on the Music Department, to join the pep band for an evening, or visit a class, please contact Chris McLean '94, Music Director. Phone: 503.235.3138 ext. 1523 | E-mail
What Makes Central Catholic Music Unique?Dual credit ensembles. All students in performance ensembles (Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir) can receive college credit through PCC for up to 8 semesters (8 credits each ensemble)! 8 credits of an “A” GPA will really pay off when it’s averaged with the rest of your grades when you enter college.
Our Jazz Band is Honors credit. You work hard in Jazz Band, so we reward you. Jazz Band is an honors level class like Honors English or AP Calculus – and it has the raised GPA as well (A = 4.5).
Learn and study Rock music, Hip hop, and other contemporary music styles. Try to find a class at another school that focuses on making you a better rock guitarist, acoustic instrumentalist/vocalist, or improving your lyric flow. In Music Production Lab, students get a hands on opportunity to practice and perform their particular musical talents. It’s a lot of fun, you will learn real-world, marketable skills within the music industry: performance, stage set-up, songwriting, marketing, recording, and event coordination.
A brand new music room. Our new space is acoustically beautiful, and you’ll love how you sound in here. We feature practice rooms, performance space, and a state of the art recording studio.
We offer a class or club for every instrument! Voice, band instruments, violins and strings, piano, guitar, drums, turntables, MPCs – you have a place here! Check out some of our clubs as well: Ramophones (Acapella Club), St. Cecilia Society, God Squad, Open Mic Night, and String Ensemble Club.
What our students say…“Music is absolutely my favorite class here… in such a rigorous college-bound schedule it’s really nice to know I have a class that’s fun, with friends to play cool music with, and I get a valuable education in music.”
“I love starting my day with music. I love being able to take a class that teaches me to do something I do for fun to a better degree.”
“Choir is fun! We perform great songs and it’s a great break in a day filled with desks and books.”
“I love Jazz Band because of the music, not the kind of genre, but when you’re a part of it it’s completely different than just listening. It’s an experience – it’s great.”
“Music is part of our lives, it’s important. Music benefits other subjects like math, and is a good way to express yourself.”
“I love the community. I found my friends in choir, and I know people in all grade levels.”
“I like that I’m getting college credit for singing in choir. It’s win/win!”
“I love having a time to express myself through music and improve my skills. I have met so many new people who share my same interests!”
“I love that choir is focused on both musical growth in yourself and as a group. We work together and it’s very fun and relieves stress!”