Music (AA-T Degree A0347)

Arts Division

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.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Theory & Musicianship
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Music Theory
and Musicianship Fundamentals
Music Fundamentals
MUS 3AMusic Theory I3
MUS 3BMusic Theory II3
MUS 3CMusic Theory III3
MUS 5BMusicianship I1
MUS 6AMusicianship II1
MUS 6BMusicianship III1
Applied Music
4 semesters, 0.5 units each2
Individual Instruction
6 units or 4 semesters, variable 1.5-2 units each5-8
Chamber Music
Concert Choir
Women's Vocal Ensemble
Laboratory Band
Chamber Singers
Jazz Ensemble
Men's Vocal Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Improvisation and Performance Choir
Total Units for Major23-26
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

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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.
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