Tyler Junior College

Apache Band members perform at various events throughout the year.


See our related downloads for the music major handbook and scholarship information. Information on Music Theatre and the Musical Theatre workshop can be found in the Theatre section of our website.

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in music provides the approved field of study for all music majors intending to transfer upon degree completion to a college or university. The curriculum offers the required music theory, ear training, keyboard skills, music literature, applied study, and ensemble participation that all music majors must complete during their freshman and sophomore years.


  • Music (AA) - Field of Study

Areas of Concentration

Piano/Organ: The main goal of the keyboard studies department is the artistic and technical development of aspiring pianists and organists through mentoring and challenging them in their study and performance of a widely varied repertoire as solo pianists/organists and as collaborative artists. The curriculum emphasizes interpretation, musicianship, and technical mastery of the instruments. Courses offered by the department include guidance in solo performance, piano/organ four-hands and duo repertoire, and collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists. Opportunities for keyboard students include solo recitals, accompanying, performing in chamber ensembles, studio and performance classes, and master classes conducted by visiting artists. For more information contact Charles Praytor at cpra2@tjc.edu or (903) 510-2506.

Guitar: The guitar studio is taught by Frank Kimlicko. There is also a guitar orchestra, a select group of two to 16 students which plays special arrangements for guitar orchestra. Admission is by audition only. E-mail fkim@tjc.edu for further information.

Strings: The art of string playing will include daily practice of scales, etudes and repertoire composed for the instrument. Emphasis on good intonation, playing positions and musicality. Student skills will be developed on a gradient scale. The Orchestra Ensemble is a performance ensemble studying and performing various styles of instrumental ensemble music.  Prior music performance experience is necessary.  Performances include campus and community concerts. Contact Mike Grinnell at grinnellm@att.net for more information.

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion: See the band page for more information about the program and ensembles.

Vocal: See the vocal page for more information.


All music students are eligible for a music scholarship as long as they meet certain requirements. Vocalists and keyboardists - fill out a music scholarship application and have a recommendation form filled out by their previous director(s) to be eligible for a scholarship. Both of these forms can be found in the related downloads page. Return to C. Jeanie Oxler when completed. Band students - please go to the band website for these forms and contact information.

Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/music

Music Contact Information

C. Jeanie Oxler
Department Chair
Office: WCA-1A

Email: coxl@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2202

Advising contact: 903-510-2425