About Us

The Department of Music at American River College is hailed as one of the finest music departments in the greater Sacramento area. We have state-of-the-art facilities, world renowned faculty, top-notch students, and dedicated staff. Our music majors supplement their studies with courses from the many other excellent programs on campus and subsequently students from other departments enrich our ensembles and classrooms while broadening their own intellectual and artistic development. We successfully integrate academic studies with performance opportunities. We are small enough to foster a sense of community, yet big enough to offer a broad variety of courses and performing ensembles.Montage


TEACHING SPACES - 8 teaching spaces fully equipped with 5.1 surround sound, projection and tunable acoustics.

PIANO LECTURE HALL - 30 station YAMAHA CP300 piano lab, with a Steinway B 7’ grand, 5.1 Surround Sound.

THEORY & TECHNOLOGY LAB - 23 stations with AVID Pro Tools, YAMAHA CP300 keyboards, and iMac computers at each station.

RECORDING STUDIOS - 3 recording studios with state-of-the-art digital and analog equipment.

PRACTICE ROOMS - 12 sound-proof practice rooms, 28 acoustic & digital pianos, and a dedicated room for percussionists.

MUSIC RECITAL HALL - 125 seat, Kawai EX(B) 9’ grand, tunable acoustics, production lighting, and assisted listening.

THEATER MAIN STAGE - 365 seats, tunable acoustics & production lighting, assisted listening.


Campus Resources

Our students are also supported by other services and departments at American River College. The three most vital for our music students are the Counseling Department, Scholarships Services, and the Career Center. Visit their program sites for more information.

Counseling Center
Academic, career and short-term personal counseling to help students successfully reach their goals. read more


Career Center
The ARC Career Center offers an array of resources to assist students in choosing career options, planning for college, and researching current job openings. All services are provided at no charge. The Career Center offers workshops on resume writing, job search strategies, and interview information & techniques each month. read more

Early each spring semester, the ARC Foundation, through generous contributions from donors, offer more than 170 scholarships, totaling approximately $150,000 for students attending American River College. read more