Music Program

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The Music program provides an array of possibilities for undergraduate music majors, community members and college students at large. Students have the opportunity to study music appreciation, theory, aural skills, literature, world music, American music, music business and digital recording techniques. The integration of performance and academics helps students prepare for the professional world of music as performing artists, educators or hobbyists. 

Our distinguished faculty showcase their musical and pedagogical skills in the classroom and on stage. They are considered among the most respected in the Chicago area and nationally. Musical excellence is primary in this discipline. In the Music program, courses are available in digital recording and editing, music theory and history.

  • Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to World Music
  • Introduction to American Music
  • Music Literature
  • Group Piano for Non-majors
  • Fundamentals of Music
  • Music Theory I to IV
  • Aural Skills I to IV
  • Class Piano I to IV
  • Class Voice
  • Recording Techniques I and II Survey of Music Business

Classes are subject to change. Browse the Music Course Catalog for more information.

  • Community Concert Band
  • DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • COD Jazz/Pop Combo
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • College of DuPage Concert Choir
  • College of DuPage Jazz Choir (inactive)
  • College of DuPage Chamber Singers
  • DuPage Chorale

With a reputation of excellence, private lessons in music are offered at COD including lessons in guitar, piano, organ, voice and all traditional band and orchestra instruments.

Study one-on-one with professionals who perform with such diverse groups as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Pearl Jam. Every instructor holds an advanced degree in performance and pedagogy. All styles of music are represented, including classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary. Lessons are available for all ages and ability levels.

For lessons for academic credit contact Deb Zelman at (630) 942-2391 or email For non-credit lessons, please contact Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208.

COD Stories

Chad Bobik

"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." - Chad Bobik

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COD Stories

Amy Beth Kirsten

"I was lucky to have experiences early on in my development, like at COD, which gave me the confidence to keep going.” - Amy Beth Kirsten

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COD Stories

Kent Lewis

“At COD, I learned to speak the language of music. I formed a barbershop quartet with friends and from there kept finding new rungs on the ladder of theatrical success.” - Kent Lewis

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COD Stories

Melissa Wang

“The professors provide incredibly valuable musical opportunities." - Melissa Wang

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Bella Kelly

"I loved being in classes at COD with people of all ages. I hope when I’m retired, I come back and take classes and keep learning about everything.” - Bella Kelly

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The faculty are incredible and really helped mold me into the person I am today. I wasn’t ready to jump into a traditional four-year university with any kind of focus. COD helped me to cultivate that focus, which really served me well when I transferred.

Justin AdairMusic, Theater, Arts, Transfer Student

Employment Information

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Contact Information

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

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

Matthew Shevitz, Instrumental Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 137, (630) 942-2369

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

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048