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Applied Music (CSC)

Applied Music

If you can see yourself working as a musician, the Applied Music CSC is for you! You will gain knowledge of music history, composition and performance, both instrumental and vocal. If you wish to further your musical abilities, with credentials that will be accepted as a transfer into a four-year music program, this is the place for you.

Why Choose VHCC?

Affordability. With in-state tuition (Virginia residents and those living within a 30-mile radius of campus) at $162.11 per credit hour, you’ll SAVE BIG when you start here! Most save between $10K-$50K, in tuition costs alone, when starting at VHCC.

Guaranteed transfer agreements with 30-plus colleges & universities! Start at VHCC and meet specified transfer agreement requirements and you’ll enjoy guaranteed admission to Virginia Tech, Radford, King University, Emory &Henry College, ETSU and more!

17:1 student to instructor ratio with award winning faculty! VHCC ranked among the top 5 percent of community colleges nationwide for providing an educational experience that encourages a personal relationship between instructors and students.

Career services & job placement. Our instructors and career coaches are recognized by regional industry leaders and enjoy tremendous success connecting our students with employment opportunities upon degree completion.

No application fee. Our simple, online application is free. Complete the application and you’ll receive an email listing your easy next steps!

No SAT or ACT required for admission. The SAT and ACT are merely numerical indicators of college readiness. With dynamic instruction and academic mentoring, we’ve found our students enjoy tremendous success, both at VHCC and in their future educational and career pursuits.

FREE academic mentoring. At VHCC, we provide FREE, one-on-one academic mentoring for 11 subjects, with dedicated workspace for group study and computer lab access. With this level of support, our students enjoy tremendous academic success!

Financial aid & scholarships available! More than 80% of our students receive financial aid! In 2018, we awarded more than $6 million in financial aid and scholarships.


We have a keyboard lab with 9 keyboards with headphones. Each person works at their own level. No one can hear them except me with my headphones. Students are allowed to play aloud for the class if they want to.

VHCC provides the Finale software and laptops for use. Students learn several different ways to input music and can create vocal scores, band arrangements, solos, piano songs and much more. We also learn to arrange, share and print our scores.

No, beginners are welcome.

Questions about transferring?

Do you have questions about transferring your Virginia Highlands Community College coursework to a 4-year college or university? Check out our Transfer Information page for additional details. We also encourage you to contact Karen Kilgore, our VHCC Transfer Counselor.

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Karen Kilgore

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