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Cheri Markward
Department Chair & Faculty
Tel: 401-825-2167
Fax: 401-825-2265

Office: Knight Campus
Room 3182

Cynthia McClintock
Tel: 401-825-2168

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Music Department Welcome Welcome to the Department of Performing Arts Music Program at the Community College of Rhode Island. You may also wish to visit Community College of Rhode Island Music on Facebook. If you are seeking to major in music, CCRI offers quality instruction and transferable credits toward the first two years of a music, music education, or jazz studies major. [Read more on CCRI Music Department]


This is an introductory course on the field of Music Therapy and the benefits of using music as an intervention with a geriatric population.  Students will learn how music and music-related activities can be utilized to connect with people who are living with age-related disorders.  Topics will include the history of Music Therapy, the function of music, and how music is used by trained Music Therapists when working with an elderly population. Students will learn activities and strategies that can be used by health and human services professionals when working with an elderly population when a Music Therapist is not available. 3 credits

Instructor: Marcia Lajoie, Board Certified Music Therapist

This is a hybrid course. Class meetings are Saturdays 9:00-11:30 AM at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Classes begin on 9/3/16. 

auditions Applied Music Auditions Please review the materials at Advising & Documents for more information and necessary forms. Contact the Performing Arts Department at 401-825-2168 or Professor Cheri Markward, Department Chair, at or 401-825-2167 for info.

Applied Music Auditions will be held August 29, Monday, from 10-12 a.m. in room 0540 on the ground floor of the round building. The department will assign you a time after we receive your audition materials. Please send or bring in the necessary forms by Wednesday, August 24. See the materials at the link above.

Are you ready for Music Theory I? Test yourself on our new Theory assessment page:

Instrumentalists needed: The CCRI Chamber Ensemble (Band) needs woodwind, brass, and percussion players. If you read music and are available on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:15 (Knight Campus), please contact Professor Cheri Markward or 401 825-2167. 

New For Singers - Click on the link to Classical Singer magazine from any computer on campus to read articles of interest to vocalists.

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Last Updated: 7/22/16