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2014-15 Catalog 
2014-15 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Studies, A.A.

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Program Design

The Music Studies associate degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for direct employment in music-related careers or with a transfer-oriented course of study towards a baccalaureate degree in music education, music business, music technology or music performance.

Courses in the music curriculum offer a thorough preparation in music fundamentals, jazz and popular theory, history (classical, contemporary and jazz) and performance. Individualized study with professional instrumental and vocal instructors is an important part of the curriculum. Each student plans his/her selection of courses with a member of the music faculty.


Music students must complete the following curriculum to earn an associate degree. Students may enroll full- or part-time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Music Studies degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Demonstrate a historical/cross-cultural awareness and appreciation of Western European and American contemporary music.
  2. Demonstrate skills and techniques that reflect an understanding of the theoretical aspect of music, including: an understanding of music fundamentals; exploration and development of voice leading principles; ear training, sight singing, rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation; keyboards skills and accompaniment techniques.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to perform solo music selections and within a music ensemble group (i.e., chorale, madrigal, chamber, jazz).
  4. Demonstrate technical facility and knowledge on specified instrument or voice (i.e., soprano, alto, piano, saxophone).

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Music Studies Requirements

Total Credits Required: 61-62


First semester jazz students will be assigned to MUS* 158  or MUS* 149  based upon skill level.  The completion of the jazz concepts course is credited as Jazz Ensemble I in the jazz sequence.

Voice students should choose chorus sequence MUS* 161 , MUS* 162 , MUS* 270  and MUS* 271 . Instrumental students should choose instrumental sequence MUS* 158 , MUS* 159 , MUS* 258  and MUS* 259 .

‡‡ Students who have not studied the piano or are not knowledgeable of the piano keyboard are strongly encouraged to enroll in a beginning piano class (MUS* 148: Beginning Piano ) or take piano lessons before taking the theory sequence (MUS* 111  and MUS* 215 ).

‡‡‡ Music Elective List:

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