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 offer a wide variety of concerts and special events during the spring and fall semesters. Explore the calendar below and 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.
Visit the Commercial Music Program website for more information.
Music Program Events
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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.
ARC Music Department Fall 2021 Concert Series (Concert Choir):
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.
ARC Music Department Fall 2021 Concert Series (Jazz Band and Jazz Combos)
|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.|
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