Spend 10 Days in New Orleans While Earning Three Music Credits – Posted 2/25/15

County College of Morris (CCM) once again this spring will be offering an American Music course in New Orleans, one of the nation’s top music destinations.

This is the fourth year in a row that Todd Collins, professor of music at CCM, will be bringing students to New Orleans for his American Music course, also known as Music 291 (section number 40507).

The class, which is open to all individuals whether or not they are enrolled at CCM, takes place May 29 – June 8 as part of the college’s first Summer Session offerings.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to see, hear and feel one of America’s great cities,” says Collins.

The estimated cost for in-county students is around $2,000 which includes three credits in music, airfare, lodging and spending money for out-of-pocket expenses.

As part of the course, participants will hear various types of music, take a cruise on the Natchez Riverboat, visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum, watch a concert at Preservation Hall, and tour the state museums Presbytere and the Cabildo, along with the United States Mint. In addition, students will check out the historic French Quarter, bike to other parts of the city, hear talks by various locals, attend the New Orleans Cajun – Zydeco Festival, eat lots of great food and have an overall fun experience.

Collins has been working in the music industry since the 1980s, recording for film and television. Included among his credits is the soundtrack he created for the Disney film “Tom and Huck.”

A mandolin and guitar player, Collins has performed with legendary fiddlers Vassar Clements and Kenny Kosek as well as Bill Keith and Peter Rowan, to name a few. He also takes pride in sharing his talent with his music students at CCM.

Only 10 spots are available for the trip. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 15. To view a short video on the course, go to http://tinyurl.com/pe42zb2.

Photo: County College of Morris students take part in the college’s 2014 music class in New Orleans.

Credit: Professor Todd Collins