Academy of Music and Business

The music industry has continued to evolve over the last 20 years, partially due to the emerging world of digital music. High School Digital Recording, Orchestra and Piano Teacher, Mary Kay Altizer, along with her OCS performing arts colleagues saw the opportunity to expand the current curriculum to be more relevant. Last summer, Altizer traveled to Tingsryd, Sweden to explore a highly acclaimed program at the Academy of Music and Business (AMB) where students participate in a three-year curriculum where they collaborate with other musicians, hone their skills, and learn how to become successful entrepreneurs.

This academic year, the OCS Performing Arts Department began a pilot project where 12 multi-faceted student-artists have been grouped with 10 AMB students to collaborate on cover tunes using special recording tools. Towards the end of the school year, the OCS students will join the AMB students in Sweden to perform in a concert and then after, the AMB students will travel to the U.S. where they will participate in the OCS Spring Spectacular concert.

Overseeing the AMB pilot project are OCS faculty Mary Kay Altizer, Ed Rouse, Jim Altizer and Joe DiBlasi.