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Questions about the CVC Commercial Music Degrees?


The following are questions that have been asked by potential CVC music students in the past. You may have similar concerns.

Q. Do you have evening music classes?

A. Unfortunately, no. The schedule of music classes is carefully constructed to allow a student to move as quickly through the required number of credit hours as possible, while maintaining fiscal responsibility as to class size and room utilization. A full-time first-year music student would take music classes four days per week, Monday through Thursday, from about 9:30 to 4:30. This would be around 17 credit hours or one-fourth of the total required for the associate degree. Our six performing ensembles meet twice per week on alternate days. Fridays are typically used for sophomore music classes taught in a three hour time block, such as advanced recording technology labs, and also for additional sections of MIDI and Piano Class. You may wish to take your non-music required core courses such as English, speech, math or psychology at night, or transfer in credit from another institution, or take them in the summer. Our music facilities are used during the evenings for lab time for the sophomore recording technology students producing their own projects.

Q. Can a non-music major take private lessons for credit?

A. No. All music classes except for private lessons are open to any student regardless of their total course load, but the applied music private lessons are restricted to full-time music majors taking theory, ensemble, recital and other required courses totaling 12 hours, before adding the credit for the lessons.

Q. As a recording technology student, will I get much "hands-on" experience?

A. Yes, quite a bit - when you are ready. The first year classes, being quite large sometimes, don't fit in the studio control room, so pieces of equipment are brought into a larger lecture room for demonstration and lecture. As you acquire a base of knowledge and move through the first year classes you will be preparing for the second year courses that require you to spend many hours in the control room producing projects of your own choice - typically demo tapes for bands.

Q. Do I have to read music or be a musician before I come to CVC?

A. No. We will teach you to read, write, perform and appreciate music as your degree plan demands. Obviously, students working on the Performing Musician degree plan will need to achieve a higher level of performing skills than those completing the Recording Technology degree plan. Recording Technology students will leave CVC with more "technical" knowledge than students pursuing either the Performing Musician or Music Business & Entrepreneurship degrees. The point is, whatever the specific major, you will have the same core of knowledge about music and the music business.

Q. Does the college provide internships and placement?

A. The music area makes every attempt to place second year students in quality internship positions in the industry while they complete their remaining courses. Our advisory board, consisting of area music professionals and business owners has proved to be very helpful in spreading the word regarding the quality of our program and the desirability of hosting our students for internships. Some of these positions have lead directly to employment after graduation.

Q. Are there really jobs out there after graduation?

A. Yes! Music jobs are everywhere. We are proud to have graduates that are contributing to several aspects of the entertainment and music industry.

I hope I have answered a few of your questions. if you need additional information, please call me at 972 860-8129 (or the Division of Liberal Arts office at 972-860-8120) or send me an e-mail: rdismore@dcccd.edu

Thanks for your interest,
Roger Dismore

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