The Associate of Fine Arts degree (A.F.A.) in Music is an applied music program, which 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. This degree offers concentrations in music performance (classical/jazz), popular music, and music production. Bergen’s general music and performance programs give students the strong foundation in music history, theory, and musicianship to succeed at four-year institutions, to become accomplished performers, or to begin careers as music historians or musicologists. 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.
The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in Music with the music business option program offers 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 to succeed at four-year institutions, 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.
The Recording Technology program is recommended for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers utilizing audio production skills. Unlike the AFA in Music Technology, this program does not require the musicianship or general education coursework recommended for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in music, but rather focuses specifically on audio production for the music and film/video industries with opportunities to explore radio and TV production through courses in the college’s Broadcasting program. All AAS Recording Technology students engage in industry internships as part of their coursework.