Mar 03, 2024
The Associate in Arts degree in Music is designed to develop a strong base of knowledge and skills within the discipline that will serve as a foundation for further study. Students majoring in music complete a series of university-transferable courses in the areas of musicianship, music theory, individual performance, and ensemble performance.
Fundamental to the study of music is the performance of music. Upon entering the program, the student declares a primary performance medium (instrument or voice) and is assigned an applied instructor with whom the student meets regularly throughout the program. Students also demonstrate fundamental keyboarding skills by passing a piano proficiency examination or completing appropriate coursework. In addition to individual performance, ensemble performance is fundamental for the developing musician. The department offers numerous performing ensembles that serve to provide opportunities for majors and non-majors alike.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Develop fundamental competencies in current music technology.
- Demonstrate proficient keyboard skills.
- Demonstrate proficient aural skills.
- Demonstrate the skills required to perform at a proficient level in any size ensemble and as a soloist.
- Demonstrate proficient written theory skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the standards required to be a successful professional musician.
Major Requirements - Core
Complete 20 units
Major Requirements - Restricted Electives
Area A - Large Performance Ensemble
Complete 4 units, at least 1 unit each semester selected from:
Complete a Piano Proficiency Examination or the following:
Minimum Major Units Required: 24
Complete all courses with a grade of “C” or better.
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
Students are advised to double-count courses in the major or area of emphasis to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of both major/area of emphasis and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.
Minimum Degree Units Required: 60