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Steven Thompson shares his passion and love for music and the ARC orchestra. Thompson says the orchestra is a welcoming group and includes people of all ages. (Screenshot via the ARC orchestra website)

Professor Steven Thompson introduces the ARC Orchestra

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

First it was the simple piano studies. Then it was picking up the trombone for the first time. Now it’s directing orchestra pieces around the world.  What else can an interest in music bring someone? For...

American River College's Melanated Music Mondays is a space to come through and get counseling information, do homework and listen to popular music by artists with melanin in their skin. (Photo via American River College)

Melanated Music Mondays gives students a place to chill and listen to music

Cynsere Kelly, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

As the famous musician, Ray Charles said, “Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.”   Music is something the average college student loves and gravitates...

In August 2019, students gather for the Jump in and Sing workshop ran by American River College Professor Catherine Fagiolo. In spring 2021, Jump in and Sing continues virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo Courtesy of Catherine Fagiolo)

“Jump In and Sing” workshop offers students a place to perform

Cynsere Kelly, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Are there any aspiring singing artists looking for a space to receive great insight and critique for the craft? For American River College singers who’ve yet to share their talents, now there’s a program...

Many popular apps, such as Amazon Prime and Spotify, offer student discounts to help you stay entertained on a budget. (Photo courtesy of Julie Blunt)

Nine student discounts to help you stay entertained on a budget

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer February 20, 2021

Television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Bob’s Burgers” are perfect to binge watch when you have free time. Listening to the newest Taylor Swift song or the best pop album while studying...

 “Heather” a song written by Conan Gray is a true story based on his own personal experience of loving someone who loves someone else and how his feelings of envy come into play while stemming off his feelings of love. (Screenshot of

10 love songs to fill your heart this February

Madison Duong, Staff Writer February 16, 2021

February is known for being a month all about love, from self-love, loving family and friends, having a romantic partner, and more. Here is a list of 10 emotional love songs that carry the many meanings...

Famous Australian rock band, AC/DC released their newest album, “Power Up” on Nov. 13, 2020. This album features 12 new songs as the band tries to prove the point that they still have what it takes to make great music. (Photo courtesy of Sony Music Australia)

It’s time to “Power Up” with AC/DC

Brandon Zamora, Staff Writer November 19, 2020

It’s been six years since the Australian rock band AC/DC has released an album, and on Nov. 13, it released its newest album for fans to listen to called “Power Up.” Does AC/DC still have that same...

Theater arts professor Sam Williams lectures for his Theory and Techniques of Acting II class on monologues. The class, which formerly met in person at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meets now on ConferZoom at the same time, but not everyone is in attendance. (Photo by Alex Muegge)

Transitioning interactive arts classes online has come with challenges

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer May 5, 2020

Both professors and students in the music, art and theater arts departments continue to struggle with transitioning their interactive classes online after the coronavirus-induced shut-down of American...

British rock band Queen's seventh studio album

5 albums to perk you up during the quarantine

Brandon Zamora March 25, 2020

With all of us forced to stay home due to the coronavirus, we need to find things to do to keep ourselves occupied. One common thing that a lot of people like to do when they’re trying to relax or pass...

American River College Theatre Department presents “North Star”, starring Audrey Booth, Fetalaiga Faga and Felicity Johnson (Photo courtesy of ARC Theatre Department and Bruce Patt)

“North Star” is a heartfelt retrospective of black history and the civil rights movement

Colin Bartley March 16, 2020

The American River College Theatre debuted its latest musical production of “North Star,” by Gloria Bond Clunie on Feb. 28 and ran through March 8. It is an inspiring, coming of age story of a young...

Dr. Eifertsen leads Instrumental Jazz Ensemble rehearsal ahead of the Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Concert, happening on March 12, 2020 at the American River College Theatre. (Photo by Clifton Bullock)

ARC’s music department contribution to America’s genre

Clifton Bullock March 11, 2020

Duke Ellington put the world “In a Sentimental Mood” in 1935, Clifford Brown and Max Roach took on “Jordu” in 1954, Miles Davis released his critically acclaimed magnum opus “Kind of Blue”...

Heavy metal and hard rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne released his latest album, “Ordinary Man” on Feb. 21, 2020. The album features eleven new songs as Osbourne says goodbye to his fans with songs that reflect back on his life, and says thank you for all the love support over the years. (Courtesy of  Epic Records)

“Ordinary Man” is anything but ordinary

Brandon Zamora February 25, 2020

In what will likely be the last album he’ll ever release in his lifetime, Ozzy Osbourne is back once again to release his newest album “Ordinary Man.” Will the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness”...

American River College’s jazz band will be playing a tribute show in early November alongside the Cooley Middle School’s jazz band. (File Photo)

Catch These Jazz Hands – Live at ARC’s Main Theater

Brandon Zamora October 30, 2019

American River College’s music department will host an instrumental jazz concert directed by music professor Dyne Eifertsen at ARC’s Main Theater on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Students from ARC’s jazz band...

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