Summer Arts Program for High School Students

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York College offers a Summer Arts Program for NYC public high school students, with courses on jazz, music business, and computer graphics. New York City public high school students are eligible for these free courses, through the York College College Now program! Students may enroll in one of the following programs: either jazz, or music business and production, or computer graphics. At the end of the summer, students from all three sections will come together at a ceremony to present final projects.

The Summer Arts Program lasts from July 9 to August 16, 2018, and meets on Mondays - Thursdays, 9am to 3pm. Five or Six college credits will be awarded upon successful completion.


MUS 253: History of Jazz

(3 college credits) M - TH, 9am to 11:15am

Survey of the history of jazz from its origins to the present with a focus on the major periods (such as ragtime, New Orleans, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, third stream, free, fusion, and today) and major jazz musicians. This is a CUNY Pathways course, which satisfies the Creative Expressions requirement.

MUS 139: Jazz Ensemble I

(2 college credits) M - TH, 11:30am to 3pm

Performance of basic repertoire including (but not limited to) standards from all styles of jazz: blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, bebop, Latin jazz, free, fusion, etc.

The band will give four performances, including a special concert at the Louis Armstrong House on Saturday, August 4th at 2pm.

Auditions for saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and drums will be held on Mon 5/7, Mon 5/14, and Mon 5/21 from 5pm to 8pm at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center (94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451). For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Zlabinger.

Music Business

FINC 101: Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Wealth Management

(3 college credits) M - TH, 9am - 11:15am

This course examines the foundations of financial planning & wealth management. Topics include: time value of money, investment options (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, commodities), budgeting, cash-flow management, credit leveraging, retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning, higher education planning and health care planning.

MUS 225: Foundations of Music Production

(3 college credits) M - TH, 11:30am - 3pm

Introduction to the use of computers for music production. Topics include digital sampling and multi-track recording. This is a CUNY Pathways course, which satisfies the Creative Expressions requirement.

Computer Graphics

FA 104: Introduction to Fine Arts

(3 college credits) M - TH, 9am - 11:30am

Introduction to form the visual environment and the theories concerning its creation; development of understanding of the creative processes, past and present; introduction to art criticism. This is a CUNY Pathways course, which satisfies the Creative Expressions requirement.

FA 284: Computer Graphics I

(3 college credits) M - TH, 11:45am - 3pm

A hands-on introduction to the systems and resources of the Macintosh computer. Investigation of the image-making and text-handling capabilities of generic software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Painter. Development of original imagery from direct invention, digitzied pictorial sources and selected type fonts. Final projects incorporate all course material and provide a basic experience of the computer as a comprehensive design instrument.


All students must:

  • Be a New York City public high school student, entering as a senior in September 2018
  • Have a minimum score of 75 of the English Regents (ELA) or 500 on the SAT Verbal / Critical Reading section

York College Summer Jazz Program Students must:

  • Play a big band instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, or drums) and read music. No previous jazz experience necessary. Prepare a solo piece of any kind or genre. Auditions to be held in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, on Mon 5/7, Mon 5/14, Mon 5/21 from 5pm to 8pm. Please contact Dr. Tom Zlabinger for more information.

Music Business and Computer Graphics students must:

  • Submit proof of immunization paperwork (must be originals)

Computer Graphics students must also:

  • Submit a portfolio demonstrating talent in art (will be contacted with details)

For More Information

Please contact Letitia Bridgeman, College Now Coordinator at York College.

Phone: 718 262 2568 / Fax: 718 262 2371