When the 2008 Fall Semester begins, students at Lamar State
College-Port Arthur will be able to pursue a new two-year associate
degree in Commercial Music Performance.

"The new degree track compliments our Commercial Music associate
degree in Sound Engineering Technology, which will be awarded to
graduates for the first time this spring," said Michael Judy, director of Music
Programs for the college.

Students in the Commercial Music Performance degree track will learn
to be versatile professional musicians with the ability to play a wide
variety of musical styles, Judy said. Students can specialize in
guitar, piano, bass guitar or drums.

"The goal is to prepare musicians for recording studio work, which
requires the highest standard of musicianship and understanding of
musical grooves," Judy said. "A good session musician must be able to play for
any kind of recording group, whether it is country, pop, rock, jazz,
R&B.you name it."

Judy said the new degree program has an emphasis on private study
and ensemble participation, in addition to courses in music theory,
songwriting, music business, midi interface and acoustics.

Lamar State introduced music courses in 2005. The college already
offers three music-related associate degrees - Music, Teaching Music
and Sound Engineering Technology - and a one-year technical certificate in
Sound Engineering Technology.

A musical audition is required for admission to the Commercial Music
Performance program

For information or an audition appointment, call Michael Judy at
984-6520, or Jeff Sturms at 984-6343.