Information at a Glance Apply Now!




What is the AVPA-Music program?

The AVPA-Music program is one of the seven programs at the Bergen County Academies. Students in this program study an academic, honors-level college preparatory curriculum with a focus in music. Students have coreacademic courses (usually at the honors level) as well as coremusic courses! The program is for musicians who possess a combination of musical talent, passion and activism. Students in the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - Music (AVPA- M) have an outstanding ability in music and are the strongest musicians in their communities.

Ninth graders begin the program by enhancing their keyboard / piano skills in Digital Keyboarding. They also take Musicianship. In this exciting methods course, students learn woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments. The course ends with a special project in the music technology field.

Tenth graders take a rigorous AP Music Theory course and may earn college credit. They study college-level music theory, which includes harmonic analysis, counterpoint, voice leading and ear training. An exhibition of students' digital compositions is also part of the curriculum.

In eleventh grade, students go beyond the AP theory curriculum in Advanced Problems in Music Theory & Technology. Here, students delve into augmented sixth and Neapolitan chords, fugal composition techniques, and analysis of twentieth-century music. They also take Digital Recording Studio and learn how to make professional quality recordings of themselves and their peers usingPro Tools software. The AVPA-M program ensures a rounded arts education with Music & Society: a course that teaches the evolution of musical style with corresponding art and socio-political trends.

In twelfth grade, students take Conducting and learn techniques needed to direct large ensembles. Seniors also learn current technological and composition techniques in Electronic Music Synthesis where they work with state-of-the-art software, such asFinale. The course culminates with each student completing a formal composition. The 12th grade capstone course is Senior Music Maker Seminar, where they each build a guitar, which they take home at the end of the course!

Seniors also present an AVPA-Music Senior Recital- a graduation requirement assessed by professionals in the music field. Each AVPA-M student is required to participate inperforming music electives each year (band, orchestra, choir or ensemble).

You can learn more about the AVPA-Music program by attending one of our open houses in the fall. Please note that the AVPA-M program is not a conservatory or a full-time performing arts program. We offer a college preparatory, academic honors program, with a focus in music.

What kind of student do you accept into the AVPA-Music Program?

Academically talented students prepared for a challenging, college preparatory honors-level, academic curriculum. Students who have an outstanding ability in music- students we accept are some of the strongest musicians in their communities and participate in honors level ensemble and/or pre-college programs.

- Individuals who have demonstrated academic achievement

- Talented musicians who have achieved musical excellence (competition finalists, pre-college, awards, etc.)

- Students planning to study music in college.

- "Music is my life"

- Students with years of private music study continuing throughout high school.

- Students who are not heavily oriented towards sports. Although we recognize the value of athletics in a child's development, consistent participation is limited due to conflicts with required music courses/rehearsals and interscholastic sports.

What kind of student do you produce?

College bound students prepared to succeed in college music programs. BCA graduates have gone on to study music at Berklee College of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory and Westminster Choir College. Many of our alumni are now touring musicians, music teachers, music business professionals, or avocational musicians working in other fields.