John Zarcone

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I had a really incredible experience at GCC. Looking back, I’m super grateful for having chosen to start there instead of jumping to a four-year school, not really knowing what direction I really wanted to go yet. I got the opportunity to try out different things, arts and sciences, while still having music as my main focus. I graduated with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts/Music intending to go to UMASS Amherst via the MassTransfer program.  Then, at the last minute I dropped that plan and decided to apply to Berklee.  Now I’m studying Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design there.  The GCC music program was a great place to start for me, being a self-taught musician like so many people are.  I hadn’t yet had the experience of music in an academic setting.  I was able to develop a foundation in Music Theory and Ear Training in an environment that was nurturing to musicians of all experience levels.  These skills really helped me move forward and prepared me for what I’d be studying at Berklee.  My music teachers also really inspired me, opened my eyes to new ideas and ways of thinking.  They have always offered me great advice and support in my plans. Taking those two years to hone in on my skills and weaknesses, and grow and learn as a person, has made it possible to make the fullest out of Berklee and my other musical endeavors with a more mature head on my shoulders.  I would recommend GCC for any musician like me … music is a career you don’t want to rush!

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