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The academic program in Music is designed to provide students with the sequenced fundamental skills for most musical pursuits for a transfer to a 4 year degree with a major in Music Performance (Classical or Jazz), non-performing music major or those seeking a career in the music industry.

Program Goals

The academic program in Music will prepare students to transfer to 4 year universities as a music major (performance or non-performance) and to develop basic skills that relate to careers in the music industry

Award Type Units

*Additional courses to meet graduation requirements, general education, and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60+ units required for either degree.

Career Options

Most careers in music require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree.

Associate of Arts Degree

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements. Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Music Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through musical performances, reading music notation, using music technology, and communicating musical concepts using correct terminology.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic, and cultural awareness through recognizing elements of music that are the product of and response to cultural values, traditions, and norms.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic, and cultural awareness through recognizing, comparing, and discussing distinguishing elements of music and music literature.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.