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. In addition, the need for music therapists also continues to grow. The FLCC A.S. degree is a cost effective way to secure the first two years of your education before furthering your studies. Competition for performance musicians will continue to be strong as clubs, restaurants, and orchestral organizations 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 Program

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
  • Theory
  • 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 midi keyboard laboratories.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Deploy theory for the analysis of tonal and post tonal procedures and stylists idioms as they appear in representative pieces of standard Western repertory.
  • Perform individually as well as in ensembles.
  • Integrate connections between music history, theory and literature for the purpose of an informed discussion or performance.

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 of this 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 State 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

The Scholarships

As a Music student, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • The Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti
  • Dr. A. John Walker Chorale Music Award
  • Dr. Charles J. Meder Scholarship for the Arts

For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

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 their 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.

For more information on the faculty members in the Music and Music Recording Technology degree programs, visit there Biography pages online.