Late Start Songwriting Class Begins March 18th


Looking for a late start class? Try Songwriting Techniques (MTC 113 #29722) with Michael Ferraro. Held on Mondays and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm, Songwriting Techniques is an introduction to pop melody writing and harmonic settings. Develop your ideas into complete songs with this eight week in-person course.

Songwriting Techniques

MTC113 #29722

March 18th, 2018 — May 5th, 2019

Monday & Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:30pm

N101, Michael Ferraro

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Free World Music Workshops: Brazilian Drum & Latin Jazz

The Music Department at PVCC is pleased to offer two FREE World Music Workshops to students and the public this spring. On Tuesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 25th join PVCC Instructors Samuel Peña, Joseph Goglia and Josiel Perez for a no-experience-necessary World Music experience. With all equipment provided, the workshops offer a hands-on introduction to the ensemble experience at PVCC. 


Tuesday, January 23rd @ 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center for the Performing Arts Music Room (CPA115)

Talented musicians Samuel Peña and Joseph Goglia will lead a drum and percussion workshop focusing on the music of Brazil. No Experience Necessary. Drums will be provided.




Thursday, January 25th @ 7:00pm-8:30pm. Center for the Performing Arts Music Room (CPA115)

PVCC Latin Jazz instructor Josiel Perez will lead a workshop focusing on various styles in Latin Jazz! No Experience Necessary. Drumset, Congas, Amps, and Piano will be provided.

Search ensemble classes and learn more about the world music experience at PVCC at

Saturday Concert Series: Grupo Liberdade

October 15th will be an exciting day at PVCC!

PVCC Fine & Performing Arts Open House from 1:00p-4:00pm

Saturday Concert Series with Grupo Liberdade and Queso Good food truck at 6:00pm.

Grupo Liberdade is a performance group dedicated to freedom of expression through Culture, Movement & Sound. We promote COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY & EMPOWERMENT drawing upon the traditional & contemporary rhythms of Brazil and beyond while bringing an original sound & energy to our desert metropolis. Specializing in Batucada including the Afro-Brazilian styles of Samba, Samba Reggae, Côcos and Maracatu, Grupo Liberdade strives to share the infectious sounds of Brasil with Arizona to further enrich, move & inspire.   

Since 2004, the group has performed throughout Arizona under the direction of Brazilian native, Poranguí from leading the Annual Phoenix Parade of the Arts through downtown Phoenix, to drumming & dancing in the new year for thousands of party-goers at the historical Hotel Congress in Tucson.  Founded in 2008 by Angelique Starks, the SambAZ Dancers have quickly become one of the liveliest and most notable Samba acts in the country.  Dedicated to creating music to move the body & soul, this project brings together diversity on all levels with an incredible show of talented musicians & dancers that must not be watched, but experienced! 

MUP190: Brazilian Percussion Ensemble


Tuesdays, 7:00P-8:50pm, CPA 115

Samuel Peña, instructor

The Brazilian Percussion Ensemble will explore Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban folkloric styles such as Samba, Capoeira, Maculele, Ijexa, Rumba, ect. Open to all levels of musical experience. Come explore a rich tradition of rhythm and song. Singers are encouraged to participate as well.


ART246: Intro to Digital Fabrication


ART246 #26672, MW 2P-5P

Don Vance, Instructor

ART246 is a lecture/lab that introduces 3D data capture, 3D modeling, prototyping and fabrication using CNC and rapid prototyping tools. Projects are given to engage students in the technical, conceptual, and aesthetic aspects of digital media. Students will employ a diverse range of techniques, software tools, and hardware. They will become familiar with contemporary artistic and engineering processes involving the use of the computer and/or other technologies. The class will consist of hands-on experimentation and production supplemented by slide lectures, videos, and academic research.

Don Vance is a freelance artist living and working in Phoenix Arizona. He has programmed, designed, rendered, fabricated and installed large-scale sculptures and interactive displays in major institutions in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Texas as well as internationally in China, India and Japan. Most notably, he has worked on teams installing in The Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Science Center, The Exploratorium, and many more. He received a MFA in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University in 2013 and has received many grants and awards. Donald has taught digital art courses since 2009 and he currently teaches Digital Fabrication in ASU’s Digital Culture program and several courses at Paradise Valley Community College  

MUP181: Urban Arts Ensemble at PVCC

Mural by El Mac and Augustine Kofie. Circle 6 Studios, Phoenix, AZ.

This fall, the Division of Fine and Performing Arts at PVCC is pleased to offer MUP 181 #42142, the  Urban Arts Ensemble. A mixture of hip-hop dance, music, spoken word and technology, the ensemble will be led by Samuel Peña, creator of AZ Beat Lab and graduate of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' School of Music.

Learn more about Samuel and his work through his Q&A and video interview with the Herberger Institute:

Fall registration is now open. Enroll in MUP 181 #42142 by clicking on the schedule below. Class begins on 9/13.

Curious about the ensemble experience? Hear from our instructors about what makes the PVCC Ensemble experience rich, affordable and unique: 

PVCC Study Abroad: the student experience in Havana, Cuba

This June, Professor of Art David L. Bradley, along with Professor of Art History, Tomi Johnston led a group of students on a fantastic experience to Havana, Cuba to study art history. Ready on to explore their experience in their own words and images:

The trip to Cuba reinforced my belief that people are the same around the world despite the differences in their governments. I was extremely impressed with the Cuban people's ability to improvise around their lack of resources and money. An example was the Cuban dancers who turned sticks and chairs into musical instruments and how they carved their own drums. -John Storslee

The creative repurposing of space. Houses were turned into restaurants and their walls turned into memorabilia. PC: John Storslee. 

Building walls, streets and power posts turned into pieces of art. PC: John Storslee.

From atop the stock exchange building in old Havana over the port. PC: Kimberly Harris

The architecture and color combinations in Havana. PC: Kimberly Harris

Using color to define individual space. PC: Kimberly Harris

Artwork of Havana, Cuba by PVCC Study Abroad Student Kimberly Harris. 

Tradition, innovation, amazing food, laughter, dancing, lovely people and cobblestones. CUBA, mi enamored! -Wendy Raisanen

Arriving In Style - Photo Series by Michelle Marion

Summer Theatre Intensive

Summer Theatre Intensive - Monday June 6, 2016 @ 9AM
(June 6-23, Mon thru Thurs, 9:00am – 3:00pm)
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ

Summer Theatre Intensive - Enjoy classes in the morning and rehearsal in the afternoon. Rotating topics may include: character development, improvisation, play-writing, prop making, stage combat, and many others. The rehearsal process will include: auditioning, blocking, learning lines, creating characters, and working/running the entire show. Each student is guaranteed a role in the production. Camp is open to students entering 6th through 9th grade in the Fall of 2016. The Studio Theatre is located in Building M-East.

Register here!