Music (AA-T Degree A0347)

Arts Division

Music is a broad-base 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 semester 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 in Arts in Music for Transfer degree, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units more. 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. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
MUS 110Music Fundamentals3
MUS 120Music Theory I3
MUS 125Musicianship I1
MUS 130Music Theory II3
MUS 135Musicianship II1
MUS 140Music Theory III3
MUS 145Musicianship III1
MUS 160Individual Instruction Complete 2 units0.5
Major Ensemble and/or specialized Ensemble (4 semesters)4-6
Chamber Music
Concert Choir
Opera Scenes
Women's Vocal Ensemble
List A: Choose one course from the following list3
Introduction to Western Classical Music
Introduction to Western Classical Music - Honors
Western Music History I: Antiquity to 1750
Western Music History II: 1750 to Present
Total Units for Major24-26
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.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
Audition required for MUS 27-MUS 50 (1.5-2 units) 2  
MUS 27-MUS 50 6 units total/4 semesters 4  
MUS 34 48, audition the first week of class 8  
 Units7
Spring Term 1
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3 3-4
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 2 1-5
CSU elective: repeat MUS 27-50(1.5-2 units)6 units 6  
 Units7-12
Summer Term 1
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 3 3-4
 Units3-4
Fall Term 2
MUS 14A World Music 3 3
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 3 3-4
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 2 1-5
CSU elective: repeat MUS 27-50(1.5-2 units)6 units 6  
 Units10-17
Winter Term 2
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
 Units3
Spring Term 2
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 2 1-5
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
CSU elective: repeat MUS 27-50(1.5-2 units)6 units 6  
 Units8-15
 Total Units38-58
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