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The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment opportunities for music educators in elementary and secondary schools should increase as a large number of teachers reach retirement age in the near future. Competition for performance musicians will continue to be keen, as clubs and restaurants seek highly talented musicians. The Music degree program at Finger Lakes Community College offers you theoretical skills and performance opportunities to prepare you to continue your education.

The Program

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Music at FLCC is designed to enable you to transfer into four-year baccalaureate degree programs in music. The program is also an appropriate course of study if you are preparing for one of the many careers in music that do not require a four-year degree. This challenging curriculum includes courses in music history, theory, and master composers, in addition to applied music and music ensemble.

Facilities: Our program is supported by a facility that includes music recording studios, music rehearsal hall, applied music studios, practice rooms, and a midi keyboard laboratory.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • recognize and identify essential elements and patterns of pitch and rhythm as they appear in (standard scores of) representative pieces of Western concert music, late 17th to late 20th century.
  • demonstrate an understanding of melody, harmony, and voice leading through exercises in composition and part writing.
  • demonstrate their aural comprehension of basic elements and patterns of pitch, rhythm and harmonic progression through directed analytic listening (ear training), analytic singing (with some variety of solfege), and keyboard proficiency.
  • demonstrate broad understanding of music history and music literature through speaking and writing; students will develop the ability to write clearly, concisely, and effectively and will be able to appropriately incorporate technical terms and ideas.
  • demonstrate comprehension of computer-based audio, visual, and written materials.

Students will perform in groups as well as on their chosen instrument.  They will also develop a rudimentary knowledge of the literature of their chosen instrument.

The Experience

The opportunity for you to gain experience in performance is a popular feature of the music program at FLCC. Students perform as part of the Finger Lakes Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, College Singers, Finger Lakes Camerata, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion and Guitar Ensembles, and The Chamber Wind Ensemble.

The Graduates

Graduates from the program have transferred to baccalaureate music programs at SUNY Colleges at Fredonia, Geneseo and Potsdam, the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College of Rochester, the Berklee College of Music, Middle Tennessee University, and others*, and enjoy a variety of careers including public school teaching, private piano, voice and guitar instruction, church choir direction, church organist, and jazz performance.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median hourly wage for musicians and singers was $23.50 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

The Finger Lakes Chorale has established an award for an outstanding student in Music who plans to continue his or her education. For details, contact a member of the Music faculty.

The Faculty

Professors and instructors in the Music and Music Recording Technology programs hold master's and/or doctorate degrees from such institutions as The Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo and Ithaca College. They are all classically trained and practicing musicians. Several are working composers and have had works commissioned. Most of the faculty perform on a regular basis. The Music Recording instructors have much professional experience in the music industry as audio engineers. They have also worked with many professional musicians throughout the country. The adjunct faculty are many, and are all musicians. Meet our faculty.