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Award Type: Associate in Arts

The music major fulfills lower-division requirements for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university culminating in employment in the areas of music teaching, music performance and many other related fields of the music industry. In addition, the associate in arts degree will benefit those students seeking employment in the commercial music industry (e.g. merchandising, club-date performance, recording, church music positions, public recreation departments, private teaching). All music majors are required to take one performance class each semester.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Music will:

  • Analyze and notate music using traditional Western music notation, theory and harmony.
  • Perform as a member of an instrumental or vocal ensemble.
  • Recognize and describe the key figures and the breadth of achievement in Western music history.

Program Requirements

A major of 32 units is required for the associate in arts degree. Required core courses (24 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
MUS 101 Music History Ancient-Baroque 3.0
MUS 102 Music History Classical-Modern 3.0
MUS 111 Music Theory 1 4.0
MUS 112 Music Theory 2 4.0
MUS 113 Music Theory 3 4.0
MUS 114 Music Theory 4 4.0
MUS 120 Piano 2 1.0
MUS 121 Piano 3 1.0

Plus a minimum of 4 units selected from the following performance ensembles (students may repeat those courses designated as repeatable for degree credit):

Course Number Course Title Units
MUS 130 Mixed Ensemble 1.0
MUS 132 Masterworks Chorale 1.0
MUS 133 Chamber Voices 1.0
MUS 137 Concert Chorale 1.0
MUS 140 Symphonic Band 1.0
MUS 143 Jazz Band 1.0
MUS 144 Jazz Improvisation 1.0
MUS 145 Big Band Jazz 1.0
MUS 146 Jazz Ensemble 1.0
MUS 151 Concert Band 1.0

Plus a minimum of 4 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
MUS 100 Music Appreciation 3.0
MUS 104 Roots of Pop, Rock, Jazz 3.0
MUS 106 World Music Appreciation 3.0
MUS 115 Introduction to Sound Recording & Mixing 3.0
MUS 116 Sound Production Techniques 3.0
MUS 117 Electronic Music MIDI Recording 3.0
MUS 118 Intro to Electronic Music 3.0
MUS 119 Electronic Music Studio Technique 1.0
MUS 122 Piano 4 1.0
MUS 123 Voice 2 2.0
MUS 124 Voice 3 2.0
MUS 125 Beginning Guitar 1.0
MUS 126 Intermediate Guitar 1.0
MUS 127 Voice 4 2.0
MUS 160 Music Business 2.0

General Education Requirements

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Last Modified Mar 29, 2024