The Jazz/Commercial Music bachelor’s degree program at Five Towns College leads to a Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) Degree and is designed for students planning to pursue careers as educators, professional performers, composers, recording engineers, music business executives or producers. This program offers six different concentrations, including Audio Recording Technology, Music Business, Performance and Composition/Songwriting, which provide both a common core of technical studies and a foundation for specialized courses in the your major area of concentration.
An intensive schedule of ensemble workshops, coordinated with composition, arranging and repertory courses, enables you to perform, analyze and evaluate your work in professional-level laboratory sessions. Each concentration in our Jazz/Commercial Music program is taught by experienced educators and professional musicians.
Audio Recording Technology Concentration
The Audio Recording Technology Concentration is designed to provide music students with the business and technical expertise required to operate state-of-the-art audio recording equipment. You will study the theory of sound, recording electronics, engineering procedures, audio/video post-production and advanced mixing procedures in a sequence of courses designed to develop the skills required for this field. Learn more about the Audio Recording concentration.
Music Business Concentration
The Music Business Concentration is designed to provide students with the necessary expertise within the music industry. You will study the legal, production, commercial management, marketing and merchandising aspects of this field. You will be prepared to pursue careers as music artist managers, concert promoters, music marketers and music publishers. Find more music business career options.
The Performance Concentration is designed for students planning to pursue music careers as professional performers. It provides a common core of technical studies and a foundation of specialized courses, such as music history, harmony, counterpoint, improvisation, ensemble performance and private instruction.
The Composition/Songwriting Concentration is designed to provide students with the professional training to pursue music careers as composers, arrangers and songwriters. You will receive intensive instruction in a core of technical studies that include courses, such as harmony, orchestration, counterpoint, MIDI, songwriting, keyboard techniques, form and analysis, commercial arranging and composition. Find more composition and songwriting career options.
Bachelor’s degree program candidates are required to perform two songs with contrasting styles. You will also be tested in the areas of sight reading, aural skills, pitch identification, rhythmic reading and tonal memory. Your audition is also used for scholarship purposes. Additional scholarships are available based on merit, community service and need. Download the Music Audition Requirements (PDF) here.
*Musical Theatre applicants are also required to do a theatre audition. Download the Theatre Arts Audition Requirements (PDF) here.