HEGIS Code: 1004.00 Inventory of Registered Program Code: 90153
The Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) degree program in Jazz/Commercial Music with concentrations in, Audio Recording Technology, Composition/Songwriting, Music and Entertainment Industry Studies, and Performance is designed for students planning to pursue careers as professional performers, composers, recording engineers, music business executives or producers of video music.
The comprehensive program in Jazz/Commercial Music provides both a common core of technical studies and a foundation for specialized courses in the student’s major area of concentration. Music compositions selected from various styles, periods and composers provide the textual material for the program. A comparative survey of music literature in contrasting styles and media is utilized as an integral approach to the study of harmony, melody, rhythm, counterpoint, instrumentation, texture, and composition. Class performance of relevant music is encouraged and writing skills, aural skills, music analysis, and reading facility are developed in accordance with individual potential.
Students in the Jazz/Commercial Music program select one of the following concentrations. The 24 credits in the selected concentration, together with the 30 credits in Common Core/Additional Liberal Arts and Sciences, 57 credits in Music Content Speciality and the 6 credits of Electives, constitute the 120-credit requirement for the Bachelor of Music degree.
The Audio Recording Technology Concentration at Five Towns College is designed to provide students with the tools needed to succeed as professional engineers and producers of music for soundtracks in film and video productions. Students study the theory of sound, recording electronics, engineering procedures, music production techniques, and audio/video post production in a sequence of courses designed to develop practical and technical skills. The College’s industry grade recording studios, editing suites, and MIDI workstations provide students with a highly focused learning environment for both assigned and extracurricular recording projects.
The Composition/Songwriting Concentrations provides professional training for students who intend to pursue careers as composers, arrangers and songwriters.
Students receive intensive instruction in a core of technical studies that include courses such as harmony, orchestration, film scoring, MIDI, songwriting, commercial arranging, studio composition, and private composition instruction.
The Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Concentration is designed for students interested in a career in a music-related business field. Studies include the technical, legal, production, managing, merchandising and licensing aspects of the music business.
This Concentration assists those graduates who plan to work as artist managers, record and publishing company owners, executives, promoters and producers of music videos to achieve their career goals.
The Performance Concentration is designed for students planning to pursue careers as professional performers. It provides a common core of technical studies and a foundation of specialized courses such as harmony, improvisation, MIDI, ensemble performance, popular music labs, jazz labs, and private instruction.
The courses below are required of all students in the Jazz/Commercial Music Program.