What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.
How long will it take?
The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.
Where can I take classes?
Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1
Music Pathway, A.S.
What Is Music?
The study of music at Perimeter College helps students develop foundational skills in the classroom and on stage. Led by professional faculty, students learn theory and performance techniques and gain experience in the classical and jazz traditions through solo and ensemble performances.
Why Study Music?
The guided pathway in Music at Perimeter College has a proven record of preparing students for success in a variety of music-related fields. An artist faculty with a substantial background in performing, conducting, composing and arranging empowers students to critically analyze and effectively perform music of various styles and genres. A rich and varied calendar of recitals and concerts provides them with opportunities to perfect their own performing skills and to experience the skill of faculty and guest artist performers.
After completing the requisite coursework, students earn an associate of arts degree and may transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in fields such as music performance, music education, composition, music therapy, arts administration and audio engineering.
A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Student and Community Ensembles
Perimeter College Community Wind Ensemble / Slava Prudchenko, director
The Perimeter College Community Wind Ensemble, founded in 1967, consists of Perimeter faculty and students, high school students and community musicians. The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at regional and national conventions throughout the Southeast.
Perimeter College Jazz Ensemble / Greg McLean, director
The Perimeter College Jazz Ensemble is a community performing group comprising Perimeter students and some of the finest amateur, semi-professional and professional jazz musicians in the Atlanta area.
Perimeter College Jazz Lab Band / Paul Fischer, director
The Jazz Lab Band provides an environment for Perimeter students to study and perform the stylistic elements of jazz, including improvisation.
Perimeter College Chorale / Brian Bonin, director
The Perimeter College Chorale is a mixed-voice (male and female) ensemble that is open to all Perimeter students and faculty. The chorus sings a variety of styles of music in concerts on campus and throughout metro Atlanta.
Founded in 2013 as a cornerstone element of the Atlanta Guitar Guild’s Education and Outreach program, the orchestra performs seasonal concerts of music on guitar in all of its stylistic variety.
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra / Fyodor Cherniavsky, music director
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (DSO), established in 1964, is composed of community members, Perimeter College students and select professional orchestra musicians. The DSO offers a season of up to 15 concerts a year, including its popular annual Children’s Concert, Picnic Pops Concerts and free Community Concerts.
Peach State Opera (PSO) is a professional touring company that enriches the cultural life of small communities in the Georgia region and nurtures the careers of emerging professional opera singers. PSO presents condensed, audience-friendly, English-language productions of famous operas.
The flute quartet “Perimeter Flutes” was created in 2005 to bring the rich cultural diversity of flute literature to Atlanta area audiences through concerts, recitals, public broadcasts, and recordings.
The Music pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.
For decades, the Georgia State University Perimeter College Music Pathway — highlighted by a rigorous curriculum and small classes — has been preparing students for success in a variety of music careers.
Our faculty members are performers, composers and arrangers bring a wealth of practical knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. A full calendar of recitals, concerts and master classes provide students opportunities to perfect their performance skills and benefit from the skill of faculty and guest artist performers.
Among the most highly regarded features of our program are the professional-in-residence and community ensembles, in which students are able to perform alongside professional musicians and music educators — as well as gifted and enthusiastic amateurs — who visit from throughout metro Atlanta and beyond to create music on Perimeter’s Clarkston Campus.
The Perimeter Music Pathway, housed in the Fine Arts building on Georgia State’s Clarkston Campus, is supported by facilities such as the 500-seat Marvin Cole Auditorium, an intimate Performance Studio for recitals, 12 studios for student practice, a computer lab equipped for music editing/notation and audio/video production, and several multimedia classrooms.
As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.
A degree in music develops skills that are critical in a competitive job market, such as collaboration, creativity and discipline. Even beyond the music industry, a number of individuals at the top of their fields engaged in formal music study: former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (trained as a concert pianist), actor Forest Whitaker (operatic tenor) and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (violinist and guitarist) are but a few examples.
Looking specifically within the music industry, a music degree can open the door to a variety of careers:
- Music educator (K-12 or college level)
- Private music teacher (one-on-one lessons)
- Concert music composer
- TV/Theater/Movie composer
- Performing artist (concerts, recital)
- Studio musician
- Audio engineer (recording)
- Sound designer (theater)
- Music software designer
- Music production (producer)
- Arts administration
- Artist management
- Music entrepreneur
- Church musician/minister
- Music therapist
- Church musician/minister
- Music Therapist
- Music historian
- Music journalist or critic
- Radio programming specialist/personality
- Orchestra manager/librarian
- Music equipment representative
- Music publisher (print and online)
Perimeter College alumna 2014-16
Inspirational Gospel singer, Anjolic Sky
Perimeter College Alumnus, 2000-02
Featured in the book “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom”
Tenor, Lyric Opera of Chicago
For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.
Department of Fine Arts and Humanities
Fine Arts Building, Clarkston campus
Department Office: CF-2230
Department Telephone: 678-891-3556
Department Email: [email protected]
The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.