Reshaping Music Education Under the leadership of Associate Music Professor Jennifer Amaya

Oct 25

Guided by the vision of Associate Music Professor Jennifer Amaya, part of the Riverside City College (RCC) Music Program has been driving transformative change in California's music education landscape. Check out some cool updates below.

  • Push for ADT in Music Industry Studies

Over five years, a dedicated effort was led to establish an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Music Industry Studies in California. The goal was to provide a clear educational pathway for traditional and non-traditional music majors interested in technology and business aspects. Extensive research identified common coursework, and the initiative grew from Cal Poly Pomona to a 50+ member coalition. The ADT proposal received support, and a productive "DIG" meeting advanced the creation of a Faculty Discipline Review Group (FDRG). The ultimate aim is to standardize a modern music curriculum for seamless student transfer.

  • Collaboration and Support

A profound collaboration was fostered among faculty in California Community Colleges (CCC) and California State Universities (CSU) specializing in music. This unprecedented alliance brought together educators in a dynamic and supportive network, all sharing the common aspiration of bringing the ADT in Music Industry Studies to fruition. With the state's backing, there is a strong anticipation of swift progress in this pioneering endeavor.

  • New AA Program at RCC

In the fall, the launch of AA 1049 – Audio & Music Technology at RCC marked a significant development. This program incorporates the proposed classes integral to the ADT, enabling smooth student transfers to institutions such as Cal Poly. It also offers students a dedicated Associate of Arts program in audio and music technology, streamlining their educational journey.

  • Success in Workforce Placement

Through strong industry connections and the guidance of Live Sound professor Sean Sheldrake, students gained workforce opportunities in the live events sector, with some students securing roles at prominent companies like Live Nation, Morongo, and Heyday Events. Notably, a few alumni now work in audio positions at Disneyland.

These accomplishments represent a significant advancement in modernizing music education, creating new pathways for students, and establishing connections between educators across the state. The journey to standardize the music curriculum is well underway, with promising prospects for the future.