students performing at orchestra concert


Welcome to the Department of Music!

Instrumental MusicThe Department of Music at Barton Community College offers students the opportunity to study and perform music as part of a vibrant and dedicated arts community. Our program is designed to develop and increase the understanding of music through unique performance opportunities and quality instruction provided by an exceptionally dedicated, professional, and caring faculty.

Any student, regardless of major, may enroll in courses in music theory, music history, composition, and performance.  Faculty offer private instruction for college credit to students in voice, keyboard and all instruments. Scholarships and/or performance awards are available for full time music majors and non-majors participating in performance ensembles. 

Music Scholarship Application 

Choral Music

Majoring at Barton

Students who choose to major in music have the opportunity to develop a superior foundation for their professional career in music as a performer, composer, or educator with either an instrumental or vocal focus. The Department of Music at Barton Community College awards the Associate in Arts degree which readily transfers to any state or private school in Kansas. This program includes the first and second year music courses for music majors, as well as general education requirements for all students. The Department of Music also offers several other benefits, including :

  • Expert faculty that consists of active performers who specialize in education.
  • Small class sizes and personalized instruction.
  • Excellent music facilities, including practice rooms, a piano lab, a state of the art MIDI lab, a professional concert hall, and the Dorothy Moses Chapel.
  • Regularly scheduled student recitals and concerts.
  • Individualized assistance with transition to a four year institution. 
  • Scholarships and performance awards for talented choral and instrumental musicians.

Barton Advantage

Instrumental Music Barton Community College was recently ranked in the top 50 Community Colleges in the United States.* The Music faculty at Barton work with all Kansas colleges and universities to ensure the rigor of our curriculum.

  • The music curriculum at Barton mirrors the first two years of coursework at four-year colleges and universities.
  • Class enrollments are smaller than those at a four-year college or university. Smaller class sizes equate to more opportunities for individualized attention to help students hone their talent.
  • The tuition, fees and housing expenses are significantly lower at Barton than state or private university expenses.
  • We work closely with students' individual circumstances and develop a personalized track for successful completion of the program based on a timeline that best meets their needs.

*Washington Monthly Magazine: August 2010 

Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

Associate in Arts
2018-2020 Music
2018-2020 Music Education

2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

Associate in Arts
2020-2022 Music
2020-2022 Music Education

Music Facilities
Music Facilities

The Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel

Dorothy Moses Morrison ChapelThe Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel provides an intimate setting for solo recitals or smaller chamber groups. Equipped with an organ, upright piano and a recently renovated Steinway grand piano, the Chapel is a favorite of many local artists for performances as well as college performers. The Chapel also doubles as the Choral Room.



The Barton Fine Arts Auditorium

Fine Arts AuditoriumThe Barton Fine Arts Auditorium seats 632 patrons and recently expanded its staging surface area. Concerts, lectures, ballets, musicals, award ceremonies, etc. are typical uses for this hall. Fine sound, lighting, and video recording systems enhance the functionality of this Fine Arts building centerpiece. 



The Barton Music MIDI Lab

Midi LabThe Barton Music Technology MIDI Lab is an eight station computer lab (MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and is the way that you can get a synthesizer and a computer to talk to one another). Through a generous gift from the Barton Foundation, each computer in the lab has been recently replaced and equipped with new Roland 61-key Juno synthesizers, headphones, and microphones. Students are able to use the latest version of the proffesional music notation software 
Sibelius and practice their harmony and ear training skills with Auralia Musition software. SmartMusic is also available to students in the selected practice areas and on the cloud. The MIDI lab is for use by Barton students requiring the unique capabilities of this type of learning environment. 

Music Faculty
Music Faculty

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Dr. Luis Palacios
Director of Instrumental Music

Luis Palacios

Office: F-8
(620) 792-9396

B.M.E., University of North Florida
B.M., University of North Florida 
M.M., George Mason University
D.M.A., George Mason University

Classes: Introduction to Music, Wind Ensemble, Prairie Winds Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Jazz Improvisation, Harmony I, II, III & IV, Aural Skills I, II, III & IV, Fundamentals of Music, Chamber Orchestra, Rock Band, Jazz Quartet and Applied Music - Instrumental


Dr. Eric Foley
Director of Choral Activities

B.S., ED. and M.M., University of Missouri-Columbia
D.M.A., University of Kansas
Classes: Community Choir




Karole Erikson
Keyboard and Organ

Karole Erikson

Office F-156
(620) 792-9384
Karole's Piano Blog 

B.M., The University of Kansas
M.L.S., Fort Hays State University

Classes: Introduction to Music, Class Piano, Adult Piano, Applied Piano, Organ, 


Jessica Perez
Adjunct: Private Voice 

Jessica PerezOffice: F-3
(620) 792-9289 

B.M. Wichita State University
Classes: Private Voice, Private Voice Lab 




Vern Fryberger
Adjunct Faculty

Classes: Introduction to Music (BARTonline)





Grant Mathews
Adjunct: Percussion
Classes: Applied Percussion, Drumline

Brent Ferguson
Adjunct: Guitar

Luis PalaciosColvin Hooser
Fort Leavenworth