July 26, 2011

Owens Community College Unveils New Popular Music Certificate Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area musicians interested in expanding their musical skills and talents in such areas of popular music, arranging, composing and performance will now have the opportunity to begin their educational journey at Owens Community College as the academic institution’s Department Fine and Performing Arts unveils a new Popular Music Certificate Program. Beginning Fall Semester 2011, the new academic program will be offered on the Toledo-area Campus.

“Owens Community College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is excited to expand our academic curriculum specific to the popular music concentration area and offer this region’s first popular music certificate program,” said Dr. Douglas Mead, Owens Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “The interest in popular music continues to grow within our country, which has resulted in many individuals wanting to follow their musical passion and pursue personal or professional interests as musicians. The new certificate was created to support the future of popular music and to assist students in furthering their existing interests and skills as songwriters, composers, directors and performers within this growing field.”

Owens’ certificate in popular music will require 22 credit hours of coursework, which includes music theory, aural skills, song writing, audio recording, theory of popular music and small group ensemble, among other academic curriculum. The new educational program is designed to prepare students for employment in the popular music industry. Students will develop strong knowledge in performance, songwriting and arranging, as well as obtain experiential learning specific to basic recording techniques.

Additionally, Owens students will have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art recording technology classrooms, computer laboratories complete with innovative music industry-specific software and a studio space with audio equipment that includes mixers, processors, microphones and instruments. Upon program completion, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in entry-level or higher employment positions as songwriters, music directors, rock/pop band performers and composers/arrangers.

For additional information about Owens’ new Popular Music Certificate Program, call (567) 661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7081.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.