Our music programs offer courses in music history and theory, music business, recording and electronic music, and a strong applied music program offering private instruction and the opportunity to perform in ensembles.
Bergen’s general music and performance programs give students the strong foundation in music history, theory, and musicianship that they need to succeed at 4-year institutions and to become accomplished performers or to begin careers as music historians or musicologists.
Our music business program prepares students either for a career in the business side of the music industry, or to be business-savvy composers and performers. Coursework in this area prepares students to do business both in the “indie” world and in the major label world of the music business.
Bergen’s applied music program offers private instruction in voice, piano, guitar, drums & percussion, bass, string and wind instruments. Our applied music faculty consists of accomplished musicians who have performed internationally and have demonstrated a passion and talent for teaching the upcoming generation of vocalists and instrumentalists.
In addition to private lessons, the department encourages students to hone their performance skills in any of our various ensembles, which include The BCC Chorus, the Jazz Ensemble, the Pop/Rock ensemble, and the Chamber Ensemble.
For current high school students, Bergen has an articulation agreement with the Rockland County Youth Jazz Ensemble.
We also have several articulation agreements with 4-year colleges in the area.