Music Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree A8990

An emphasis in Music provides the student with an understanding of music theory, harmony and the history of western music. In addition to the foundational Music courses, students select courses in piano and a performance ensemble.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
MUS 2Music Theory3
MUS 3AHarmony - Diatonic3
MUS 5AMusicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing1
MUS 5BMusicianship - Diatonic1
MUS 11AMusic Literature Survey3
MUS 16Individual Instruction0.5
MUS 22Conducting1.5
Choose two units from the following:2
Elementary Piano
Intermediate Piano
Advanced Piano
Performance Ensemble
Choose 3 to 5 units from the following:3-5
Chamber Music
Collegiate Chorale
Concert Choir
Women's Vocal Ensemble
Wind Symphony
Laboratory Band
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Chamber Singers
Jazz Ensemble
Men's Vocal Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
For Area of Emphasis
Total Units18-20

Strongly Recommended Electives

Course Prefix Course Name Units
MUS 11BMusic Literature Survey3
MUS 16Individual Instruction0.5
MUS 9Introduction to Music Technology3

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Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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