The Department of Music at American River College
Our department provide students with a foundation in music theory, history, performance, and production; a core curriculum that is essential to the professional life of the musician. Students may select between two degree tracks: A.A. in Music or A.A. in Jazz Studies and each having an emphasis of either - Instrumental or Vocal.
Enjoy a YouTube playlist with highlights from some of our concerts.
The Commercial Music Program is designed to prepare those who are seeking an exciting and rewarding career in the music industry. Students have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, while earning A.A.Degrees and Certificates in either Recording or Music Business.
Hailed as one of the finest music departments in the greater Sacramento area. We have state-of-the-art facilities, world renowned faculty, top-notch students, and dedicated staff. Our music majors supplement their studies with courses from the many other excellent programs on campus and subsequently students from other departments enrich our ensembles and classrooms while broadening their own intellectual and artistic development. We successfully integrate academic studies with performance opportunities. We are small enough to foster a sense of community, yet big enough to offer a broad variety of courses and performing ensembles.
|Through its concerts both on and off campus, the Choral program offers the vocal performer the opportunity to sing in an ensemble of dedicated and committed musicians. Music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century provides a repertoire of exciting literature for the serious and amateur vocalist.|
|The Studio Jazz Ensemble brings together skilled musicians who are interested in the “Big Band” idiom, while the Latin Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos round out the instrumental jazz program by providing the opportunity for students to experience other jazz genres.|
|The Concert & Symphonic Band is for those who have previous experience playing a brass, percussion, or woodwind instrument. All styles of music are performed including classics, pops, and marches. Emphasis is on learning instrumental techniques and enjoying music making.|
|The seventy-piece Orchestra performs literature from all musical eras. They often team up with some of Sacramento’s finest instrumental soloists to perform works ranging from symphonies and concertos to film scores and jazz standards.|
|These ensembles have developed an outstanding reputation for their superb vocal jazz stylings. They perform jazz vocal arrangements of jazz standards mostly in the Swing, Hard Bop, and Contemporary styles. Singing in 5-part harmony, the ensemble blends this arranged writing with improvisation and solo work.|
The ARC Commercial Music Program
Can serve as a springboard to a rewarding career in audio recording or the music business by giving students the core skills needed to enter the entertainment industry. We'll help you explore your options, and put you on the path to success in the challenging and competitive commercial music industry.
ARC Commercial Music Program
TEACHING SPACES - 8 teaching spaces fully equipped with 5.1 surround sound, projection and tunable acoustics.
PIANO LECTURE HALL - 30 station YAMAHA CP300 piano lab, with a Steinway B 7’ grand, 5.1 Surround Sound.
THEORY & TECHNOLOGY LAB - 23 stations with AVID Pro Tools, YAMAHA CP300 keyboards, and iMac computers at each station.
RECORDING STUDIOS - 3 recording studios with state-of-the-art digital and analog equipment.
PRACTICE ROOMS - 12 sound-proof practice rooms, 28 acoustic & digital pianos, and a dedicated room for percussionists.
MUSIC RECITAL HALL - 125 seat, Kawai EX(B) 9’ grand, tunable acoustics, production lighting, and assisted listening.
THEATER MAIN STAGE - 365 seats, tunable acoustics & production lighting, assisted listening.
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Tell a little about yourself and how you came to attend ARC:
I have been in piano lessons since I was 7 and I found a really deep interest in music. I started taking composition lessons when I was 13. Most of my early compositions were playing around with Reason Propellerhead. But I really wanted to write things for orchestras to play and make music that sounded like the music that inspired me. I also started teaching piano lessons when I was 15. I loved it, but I knew that I didn’t have as strong of a stand in my music theory as I wanted to. So I came to ARC to get that understanding so I could teach my students better, and also get more ideas for my compositions.
Are you planning to graduate or transfer?
I am, at the moment, planning on not graduating.
What is your major, and is it something you always wanted to do or did you change your major.
I am a music composition major. And it is definitely something I always wanted to do!
Do you currently work in a field related to your major? If so, where and explain what you do there.
Yes I do. I own my own music lesson business called Joyfully Musical. I also teach at a studio called CB Music Studios, where I am a music teacher as well. I also teach music theory and music appreciation classes at a school. And I am in charge of an orchestra and other smaller ensembles. I write and arrange music for orchestras as well.
Can you provide a specific example how the ARC setting is helping you succeed?
I like how in the music labs, the desks are all music keyboards.
What are your future plans and goals?
To continue what I am doing, and see where it takes me!
How do you think ARC is preparing you for your future?
It’s giving me firm structure that I need in my music business, teaching methods, music performance, and compositions.
What has been the key motivating factor or factors in your life to pursue your goals?
Having a deadline and a daily plan, as well as a to do list at all times. I always try to be ahead and always look forward.
Who inspired you in life and how?
My parents, my friends, encouraging and helpful mentors and teachers in my life, and even getting inspiration from others on Youtube and in my community. How they inspired me was that they would help me when I had questions and would encourage me in my steps that I took to get to where I am.
What would you say to students who may be interested in enrolling in the same program of study that you have chosen?
It’s totally worth it! If music is your passion, then go for it all the way! Always stretch yourself - look for new methods and new styles. Ask questions and get to know as many people as you can. You need to make strong connections with music directors, professors, and other music students so that you will have more connection with the music world. It’s a really great profession, though it’s not an easy one. You have to work hard constantly. But in the end, the results are amazing and inspiring!