Associate in Science (A.S.)
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 strong, as clubs and restaurants seek highly talented musicians. The music program at Finger Lakes Community College offers you theoretical skills and performance opportunities to prepare you to continue your education.
The A.S. music degree program 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
- Master Composers
- Applied Music
- Music Ensemble
Facilities: The music 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: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your 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 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.
Graduates of the program have transferred into music programs at four-year institutions* such as:
- SUNY Colleges at Fredonia, Geneseo, and Potsdam
- The Eastman School of Music
- Nazareth College
- Berklee College of Music
- Middle Tennessee University
The range of careers you can pursue after completing a bachelor's degree program includes:
- Public School Music Teacher
- Private Pianist
- Voice and Guitar Instructor
- Church Choir Director
- Church Organist
- Jazz Performer
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 FLCC 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.
As a music major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:
- Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti
- Catherine J. Kamm Memorial
- Dr. A. John Walker Music Awards
Professors and instructors in the music and music recording technology degree programs hold master's and/or doctorate degrees from institutions such as Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo, and Ithaca College. Each faculty member is a practicing musician and in addition is classically trained. Several are working composers and have had works commissioned. Most of the faculty performs on a regular basis. FLCC's music recording instructors have considerable professional experience in the music industry as audio engineers. They have also worked with numerous professional musicians throughout the country. Furthermore, each adjunct faculty member in these programs is also a current musician. You can find out more information on each faculty member by reading their biographies online.