Music is a broad-based academic discipline with foundational coursework in theory and performance. By providing a theoretical understanding of the development and creation of music, along with requisite technical proficiency, it is expected that these skills will be used to demonstrate musical sensitivity and creativity as a soloist or in the context of a musical ensemble. To further foster these skills, optional courses in the areas of piano and music history should also be taken. The degree requires four semesters of theory, four semesters of applied music (lessons), and four semesters of musical ensemble to provide the skills necessary for transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a degree in music, including composition, performance, and/or music education.
To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the rehearsal, collaboration and performance of music across a wide range of compositional styles and in a variety of venues.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis and composition of tonal music.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the dictation and sight singing of tonal music
- Demonstrate proficiency in sight reading, transposition and improvisation at the keyboard
- Comprehend and communicate in writing the cultural and historical contexts of music, as well as stylistic differences, in the Western classical traditions.
Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
|Theory & Musicianship|
|Choose one course from the following:||3-4|
and Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing
|Fundamentals of Music|
|MUS 3A||Harmony - Diatonic||3|
|MUS 3B||Harmony - Chromatic I||3|
|MUS 3C||Harmony - Chromatic II||3|
|MUS 5B||Musicianship - Diatonic||1|
|MUS 6A||Musicianship - Chromatic I||1|
|MUS 6B||Musicianship - Chromatic II||1|
|4 semesters, 0.5 units each||2|
|6 units or 4 semesters, variable 1.5-2 units each||5-8|
|Women's Vocal Ensemble|
|Men's Vocal Ensemble|
|Jazz Improvisation and Performance Choir|
|Total Units for Major||23-26|
|CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 1||39-42|
Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.