Music brings joy to the lives of so many, and whether you’re interested in pursuing
it as a career, or you simply want a fun and fulfilling hobby, the Dutchess Community
College Academy of Music is ready to accompany you.
The Academy offers instruction and performance opportunities in a wide variety of
instruments, and voice. College students can take credit classes and individual lessons
and participate in ensembles on their way to an associate degree or certificate, while
credit-free group classes, ensembles and private lessons are available for children,
teens and adults of any skill level who want to have fun learning at a more relaxed
The Dutchess Community College Academy of Music is a partnership between credit-free
music offerings and the college’s Performing Arts: Music Track Associate degree and
Music Performance Certificate program. The DCC Academy of Music is committed to providing
individual lessons, ensembles and group classes for the musical enrichment of students
with both avocational and professional ambitions, as well as the needs and interests
of the diverse populations from across the region, including children and life-long
learners. The DCC Academy of Music also serves as a teaching institute, permitting
students interested in pursuing employment in music education key opportunities to
receive training and mentorship while serving the broader community.
Kids, Teens, and Adults (ages 4+) can take lessons, group classes and ensembles.
Teens & Adults (ages 14+) can take select college classes for “no credit” at a discounted price starting at
College Students (ages 16+) can take classes for college credit starting at age 16.
Academy Credit-Free Offerings
Please note: not all classes will be held each semester.
Academy Credit Programs
DCC music courses strike the right chord - both for college students who want to make
music their career, and those who just want to take a class or two. Students who choose
the Performing Arts: Music Track Associate Degree or the Music Performance Certificate
programs are prepared to transfer to four-year colleges as music majors.
Our faculty of over 30 members are highly accomplished musicians who perform professionally.
Many have studied at major conservatories, such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of
Music, Eastman, Berklee, and Indiana University earning degrees in music performance
and education. Our teachers have solid experience in helping students make good progress
through individual programs that build on the personal needs and interests of each
student. Learn more about our instructors.
Become a part of our musical community!
The MusicLink Scholarship Fund provides music lessons and other educational opportunities
for talented low-income students ages 18 and under who demonstrate exceptional musical
HOW TO APPLY (for parents of children ages 4-18)
1) Ask your child’s music teacher to email a short recommendation discussing the student’s
musical interest and dedication to email@example.com.
2) Get your child’s free or reduced lunch form from the cafeteria and send to firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax (845) 431-8988, or:
Dutchess Community College 53 Pendell Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 ATTN: Laura Doe, CBI 210
You will be contacted to schedule an interview and audition at the college. If awarded
a scholarship, you will be sent registration links and asked to pay the $10/semester
processing fee for each lesson and group class awarded ($10-30 total for the semester).