Program Overview

The courses of the Music Department are specifically designed to fill the needs of beginners in music, those who are seeking a career in the music business, those who are preparing to transfer to a university, those who want to teach music, and those who simply want to enhance their musical enjoyment. Students may be asked to audition or test for placement in sequential courses.

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or university or a college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements.

The Skyline College Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer is designed to facilitate successful transfer to baccalaureate music degree programs at a CSU. This degreee provides students with the lower division coursework to trasfer to a B.A. or B.M. in music.

To earn an AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units in an "AA-T" major. Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for the courses in the major.
  4. Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Note: For further information, please consult a Skyline College counselor.

Music (AA-T) Requirements

Required Core Courses: Units
MUS. 105 * Music Theory I 3 units
MUS. 106 Music Theory II 3 units
MUS. 107 Music Theory III 3 units
MUS. 108 Music Theory IV 3 units
MUS. 111 Musicianship I 1 unit
MUS. 112 Musicianship II 1 unit
MUS. 113 Musicianship III 1 unit
MUS. 114 Musicianship IV 1 unit
MUS. 501 Studio Lessons I (Applied Music I) 1 unit
MUS. 502 Studio Lessons II (Applied Music II) 1 unit
MUS. 503 Studio Lessons III (Applied Music III) 1 unit
MUS. 504 Studio Lessons IV (Applied Music IV) 1 unit
List A - Select four units from the following: 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. 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
Total Required Major Units: 24

General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

* MUS. 105 will be double-counted for CSU GE Area C1.

Students must use the CSU General Education pattern for the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer. The IGETC pattern is not an option. This degree does not require the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements.

NOTE: Most university Music departments require basic piano proficiency.


Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.