Please consult a faculty member or the coordinator listed below before beginning your coursework.


  • Music, Associate in Fine Arts
  • Music, Associate in Arts
  • Music, Associate in Applied Science


When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:


Course Descriptions


Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

Lee R. Kesselman, Vocal and Choral Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 136, (630) 942-2552

Tom Tallman, Instrumental Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 137, (630) 942-2369

Ken Paoli, Recording Technology
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 293, (630) 942-2584

Deborah Zelman, Applied Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 228, (630) 942-2391

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2047


  • Student Spotlight: Christopher Kriz

    Christopher KrizMusic

    “When I enrolled at College of DuPage, my interests were divided between music and theater. Eventually, those interests collided. This exposure to so many musical and theatrical experiences was an education that simply could not be found elsewhere. Without the broad range of artistic experiences and opportunities I gained at College of DuPage, I wouldn’t be the artist I am today.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Rebecca Rae

    Rebecca RaeMusic

    “COD gave me a little more time to figure out what I wanted to do with my career. I was still getting the same education as I would anywhere else. I have my Music Business degree, but there are so many different routes that music can take you. You can stay on the management side and manage artists. You can be a tour manager, work in a studio and organize entertainment events. Take your time in deciding what you want to do, and keep an open mind because it can always change.”

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  • Spotlight: Anthony Perry

    Anthony PerryMusic

    What I didn’t know was that the Music program at COD was so extensive. Once you dive into the Music program, you must be ready for it, because music is a tough career. But if you work hard and truly love music, then it’s totally worth it. I know what I’m getting from COD is just the tip of the iceberg, and I’m grateful for it.

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  • Spotlight: Amy Kuckelman

    Amy KuckelmanMusic

    COD has so much talent, and when you’re working with musicians who love what they do, it makes a difference. And I could take other classes, like anthropology, photography, drawing and art history, which makes it all come together. It was completely worth it to go to College of DuPage.”

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  • Spotlight: Leah Pogwizd

    Leah PogwizdMusic

    “College of DuPage is a great place to cultivate versatility as a musician or scholar. There are folks who’ve been playing in one ensemble each term for years, just for the enjoyment of it, and there are people like me who used the program as a launching point for several advanced degrees.”

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  • Spotlight: Kent Lewis

    Kent LewisMusic

    “At COD, I learned to speak the language of music. Understanding theory is crucial to my ability to communicate with other musicians, as well as the discipline of being an accountable member of a team in a performing group or production, whether onstage, backstage or in a creative capacity."

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  • Spotlight: Justin Adair

    Justin AdairMusic

    “I was guided by the fantastic faculty. They helped me realize my goals, further my studies in music, and start to make my path a reality. I made friendships with faculty and students that last to this day, and I started to develop the professional training that helped me to achieve what I have so far.”

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  • Spotlight: David Shere

    David ShereMusic

    "The music faculty members at COD are world-class teachers, but more importantly they are genuinely caring people who want you to succeed. They keep the bar high, but they do everything they can to help you reach that bar."

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  • Spotlight: Amy-Beth Kirsten

    Amy Beth KirstenMusic

    I was lucky to have experiences early on in my development, like at COD, which gave me the confidence to keep going. It’s really the joy I find in the music itself that keeps me motivated, When you find something that makes you so happy and stimulates your intellect - and you feel you have something to contribute - it’s impossible to resist.”

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  • Spotlight: Mike Aquino

    Mike AquinoMusic

    "The instructors taught me in a way that allowed me to be myself and further myself, and not like someone off an assembly line. During my time at COD, they had the confidence in me to hire me for shows inside and outside of school activities, and they still do to this day." 

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  • Spotlight: Brian Riordan

    Brian RiordanMusic

    I always suggest to any of my students to try and find a tech angle to what you do. You are more likely to support your art in the long run.

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  • Spotlight: Chad Bobik

    Chad BobikMusic

    "When I first started at College of DuPage, I had no idea how many opportunities would truly arise. Once I set foot on this campus, my future really began to crystallize right before my eyes."

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  • Spotlight: Nissa Anderson

    Nissa AndersonMusic

    "Private universities are expensive, and COD is a great way to keep on track academically while still being able to save money. I also enjoy how flexible COD is and how I can choose classes to fit my schedule."

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  • Spotlight: Dave Govertsen

    Dave GovertsenMusic

    "It was a great experience because I got to work in small group settings, whereas other colleges may have had two if not three times as many students. It was the right fit for me."

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  • Spotlight: Beth Malouf Blankenship

    Beth BlankenshipMusic

    "College of DuPage gave me such a great start and I feel lucky to have been able to learn from the instructors here. The music program has so much to offer and it truly prepared me for my education and career in music therapy."

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Amy Beth Kirsten

College of DuPage alum Amy Beth Kirsten is among 180 scholars to be named among 2011's batch of Guggenheim Fellows.

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