Music at Central Piedmont


I’m Craig Bove, I’m chair of the music department
in the Performing Arts and Interior Design Division here at CPCC. I’ve been teaching here since 1998. The music department serves the student population
here in three ways. One, the music department serves the music
major in preparing them to transfer to a four-year institution. Our AFA degree parallels what happens at the
four-year school – the first two years that the student is in the program. The student takes a series of courses in theory,
music history, applied study, piano and ensembles. Those course all transfer to the four-year
institution upon their successful graduation. The music department also shares the college’s
commitment to Gen Ed study and finally we also serve students who just want to take
a course in learning how to sing, learning how to play an instrument or just learning
how to read music. Hi, my name is Ty Xiong, I am currently at
Central Piedmont Community College and I am trying to pursue a music degree. I chose CPCC really because right after high
school I did have an interest with music. I didn’t have any classical knowledge, but
I thought CPCC would be a great start for a person at a level where I was at. I didn’t start until I was 19, but I try for
CPCC so when I go to university, I’ll be more confident and more knowledgable of what’s
going to be ahead of me. If somebody was on the fence to come to Central
Piedmont, I highly recommend going there. I’m not just saying that just to say that. The teachers, the professors here, they have
master’s degrees, they have doctoral degrees, who all came from other schools and they came
here to teach us. It doesn’t matter if we have a high interest
of music or a low interest. Maybe we just want to do it for fun or if
we want to make it serious. They’re here to really bring out that musician out of us and it’s really fun and it’s really great (Opera music) I do this because I believe it’s, in a modest
way, it’s being part of something that’s larger than yourself. You’re transmitting part of your culture,
the language, the musical language to another generation and in a way, it’s ephemerally
rather profound and at the same time, it’s very mundanely human. It’s passing along who we are.

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