Program Overview

The Associate of Arts Degree in Music provides technical and artistic foundations to students interested in pursuing careers in music and music-related fields. In addition to basic courses in reading and writing music, students gain beginning performance skills through class instruction on an instrument (or voice) and as part of a music ensemble. Studies in the aesthetic and historical traditions of various music cultures provide students with an introductory knowledge of the roles and functions of music in society. This degree can also serve as the preparation for additional music studies or degrees (such as the AA-T in Music) for students wishing to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program as a music major.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music 3 units
OR
MUS. 107 Music Theory III 3 units
MUS. 105 Music Theory I 3 units
MUS. 106 Music Theory II 3 units
MUS. 111 Musicianship I 1 unit
MUS. 112 Musicianship II 1 unit
MUS. 301 Piano I 2 units
OR
MUS. 205 History, Theory and Practice: Piano and the Keyboard 3 units
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MUS. 115 Music, Art and Ideas 3 units
MUS. 202 Music Appreciation 3 units
MUS. 204 Music History 3 units
Select 3 units from the following: Units
MUS. 250 World Music 3 units
MUS. 275 History of Jazz 3 units
MUS. 276 Hip Hop: Culture and Politics 3 units
MUS. 290 Introduction to MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) 3 units
MUS. 277 African American Music 3 units
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MUS. 302 Piano II 2 units
MUS. 303 Piano III 2 units
MUS. 304 Piano IV 2 units
MUS. 355 Violin/Viola I 2 units
MUS. 356 Violin/Viola II 2 units
MUS. 357 Violin/Viola III 2 units
MUS. 358 Violin/Viola IV 2 units
MUS. 377 Guitar I 2 units
MUS. 378 Guitar II 2 units
MUS. 379 Guitar III 2 units
MUS. 380 Guitar IV 2 units
MUS. 401 Voice I 2 units
MUS. 402 Voice II 2 units
MUS. 403 Voice III 2 units
MUS. 404 Voice IV 2 units
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MUS. 383.1 Guitar Ensemble I 1 unit
MUS. 383.2 Guitar Ensemble II 1 unit
MUS. 383.3 Guitar Ensemble III 1 unit
MUS. 383.4 Guitar Ensemble IV 1 unit
MUS. 410.1 Voice for the Musical Theater Production I 2 units
MUS. 410.2 Voice for the Musical Theater Production II 2 units
MUS. 410.3 Voice for the Musical Theater Production III 2 units
MUS. 410.4 Voice for the Musical Theater Production IV 2 units
MUS. 420.1 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production I 2 units
MUS. 420.2 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production II 2 units
MUS. 420.3 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production III 2 units
MUS. 420.4 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production IV 2 units
MUS. 430.1 Concert Band I 1 unit
MUS. 430.2 Concert Band II 1 unit
MUS. 430.3 Concert Band III 1 unit
MUS. 430.4 Concert Band IV 1 unit
MUS. 440.1 Symphony Orchestra I 1 unit
MUS. 440.2 Symphony Orchestra II 1 unit
MUS. 440.3 Symphony Orchestra III 1 unit
MUS. 440.4 Symphony Orchestra IV 1 unit
MUS. 450.1 Jazz Band I 1 unit
MUS. 450.2 Jazz Band II 1 unit
MUS. 450.3 Jazz Band III 1 unit
MUS. 450.4 Jazz Band IV 1 unit
MUS. 470.1 Concert Choir I 1 unit
MUS. 470.2 Concert Choir II 1 unit
MUS. 470.3 Concert Choir III 1 unit
MUS. 470.4 Concert Choir IV 1 unit
MUS. 485.1 Vocal Jazz Ensemble I 1 unit
MUS. 485.2 Vocal Jazz Ensemble II 1 unit
MUS. 485.3 Vocal Jazz Ensemble III 1 unit
MUS. 485.4 Vocal Jazz Ensemble IV 1 unit
Total Required Major Units: 27 - 28

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.