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.
Visit the Commercial Music Program website for more information.
|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 attended a high school in the area and knew that ARC was a cheaper option than going straight to a 4 year university. I also heard that the music program at ARC was really good, so I felt like I was still going to get a quality education. I will graduate from ARC this summer with a fine arts degree, and I’ve already gotten my acceptance to Portland State University, where I will be a music performance major. I knew I always wanted to do something in music. I enjoyed the theory and history side, but it wasn't until right before I signed up for classes that I decided to jump head first into performing.
The faculty at ARC have been very supportive. They have given me many opportunities to be successful and gain critical experiences in my field. I play multiple instruments, so getting to play in the Studio Jazz band and in the fall musical really gives me good experience across all my instruments, which is closer to real world application. I want to get my bachelor’s degree in music and then play in musicals. Portland has a lot of theatres and I hope to get myself on substitute lists. However, for the long term, I want to get an advanced degree and teach. ARC is preparing me for my future by giving me valuable lessons and experience that relate to my field. Through skills training as well as networking and production seminars.
My family has always been supportive of me. But from the day to day, no one motivates me more than my classmates. Being constantly surrounded by determined likeminded individuals keeps me motivated. I know it sounds silly, but I was always inspired by the comic books I read as a kid. Some of my favorites were Flash, X-men, and the Fantastic 4. They may not have inspired me to study a certain thing, but they always inspired me to be a good person and work hard.
If you enroll in the music program at ARC I hope you work and study hard. But more so, I hope that you take any opportunities that are offered to you. Go to every guest lecture and join every band or group you can. It may make your schedule hectic, but get as much performance experience as you can. That experience is invaluable.