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.
We are offering a wide variety of concerts and special events in Fall 2019. See the calendar now
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.
|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.|
I came to ARC with the intent of improving my musical knowledge in order to take the CSET and enter a credential program. I had been teaching marching band and also at an after school elementary band program, so I wanted to possibly pursue that further. I am graduating this semester! I have changed my major many times during my college career. I have a B.S. in Business (HR Management) from CSUS. Before that, I was a political science and international relations major. I have never known what I want to do and am so envious of those who do! I work for an online business which is semi-related to my business degree, and have done various levels of music teaching in the past as well.
The ARC Music program operates at a professional level. Expectation are high and reasonable. We have access to lessons, mentors, feedback, etc. Exactly the kinds of tools that have helped me grow as a musician and person. ARC has helped me learn more about myself; how I interact with different kinds of people, whether it be peers or professors. I like the close level of intimacy with my peers. No one is a stranger and everyone is willing to help each other out. I always want to make myself proud of what I do, and I want my parents to be proud too. If I can look at something I’ve done and know I put my best effort in, I will consider that an achieved goal.
My parents inspire me every day. My gramps also continues to inspire me although he is no longer with us. He taught and played music into his 90s, and his kindness, musicianship and pure soul will never leave me. I would say to students who may be interested in the music program not to take anything for granted! You won’t be here forever, and there is so much wonderful instruction, mentorship, friendship, musicianship and opportunity. Be present for it all!