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Music and Art Department

The Music and Art Department offers over 200 classes in music performance, music history and theory, studio art and art history, providing all BMCC students with opportunities to explore different visual media and musical outlets. Our faculty of professional artists and musicians teach and mentor students.

Music Program

Beginning in Fall 2017, BMCC will be offering an Associate Degree in Music with specializations in Music Studies, Music Education* or Music Performance. The Music Program will provide a curriculum that includes the basics of musical performance, music theory, keyboard skills, ear training and sight singing.

Entrance into the Music Education and Music Performance tracks require an audition.

BMCC has several ensembles that students can audition for:

  • Downtown Chorus and BMCC Select Chorus
    (Dr. Eugenia Oi Yan Yau, director)
  • Downtown Symphony
    (Dr. Douglas Anderson, director)
  • Jazz Performance Workshop
    (Dr. Peter Hollerbach, director)
  • BMCC String Ensemble
    (Dr. Robert Reed, director)
  • BMCC Flute Choir
    (Dr. Maureen Keenan, director)
  • BMCC Guitar Ensemble
    (Dr. Quentin Angus, director)

The Music Department has 16 practice rooms for chorus and voice, the Art and Rita Siegel Piano Lab, which provides 24 electronic keyboards and classrooms with Steinway grand pianos. Students will also have access to a comprehensive collection of percussive and string instruments, unique sets of instruments from Bali and more. Music students can sign up for practice times and tutoring.

Art Foundations Program

Housed in the Music and Art Department, the Art Foundations Program offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Studio Art and Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Art History degree programs.

Studio Art majors work with BMCC art faculty to build student portfolios for successful transitions to top art and design schools. Students have opportunities to show their work--BMCC ‘s Shirley Fiterman Art Center holds an annual show of student art as well as other exhibits throughout the year.

Art History majors take courses in major historical periods as well as the arts of diverse areas of the world. A thesis course guides students to a final comprehensive research paper.

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Continuing Your Studies

BMCC has active articulation agreements for graduates with the A.A. in Art History and the A.S. in Studio Art with Queens College–CUNY. These agreements allow students to make a seamless transition to four year colleges, assured that the courses they have taken at BMCC will count towards their major.

* Music majors who elect to take the concentration in Music Education should be aware that completion of the A.S. in music education does not guarantee admission into a music education program at CUNY’s senior colleges, nor does it ensure New York State certification. However, all the core courses in education do have articulation agreements within the CUNY system and transfer for equivalent credit. Courses within the music education concentration were developed following the guidelines of New York’s State Office of College and University Education with the intention of fulfilling some of the requirements for eventual certification.

 

Music and Art Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room F-1130A
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1464

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m