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The academic program in Music is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills for most musical pursuits while remaining flexible so that students may determine which music courses are most suitable to meet their individual goals. It is recommended that students seek advice from a member of the Music faculty.

Program Goals

This program will prepare students to transfer to four-year universities as a music major, to receive the Associates Degree in Music Studies, and to develop basic skills that relate to the music industry.

Program Emphasis

An Associate of Arts in Music Studies degree emphasizes transfer preparation for music majors.

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.

Most four-year schools require that students’ first two years of music study include 1) music theory & ear-training, 3) music history, 4) applied music lessons on voice or an instrument, 5) participation in an ensemble, and 6) piano skills. Placement exams are given by these institutions to determine students’ comprehension in these areas. The Music faculty recommends the following courses for students planning to transfer, however, students should first determine if there are other music courses their school of transfer requires:

Program Learning Outcomes