Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Fine Arts

Students completing the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer will be able to seamlessly transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Music. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of Music through the study of music theory and musicianship; performance practices of different genres of music including public recitals and concerts. Students will acquire solo and ensemble performance skills from different time periods; hear, analyze and write music and distinguish historical musical styles. The program offers three areas of emphasis: instrumental, vocal, keyboard.

Program Outcomes

  • Discriminate the appropriate historical differences in music styles.
  • Critique musical performances.
  • Produce appropriate technique on student’s voice/instrument.
  • Analyze examples from a musical score.
  • Interpret the musical score with appropriate expression and artistry.

Transfer & Career Opportunities

This Associate of Arts in Music for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Music for all CSU campuses. Students planning to transfer to institutions other than the CSU are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. Most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: Studio Musician; Instrumental Teacher; Voice Teacher; Music Director/Conductor/Producer; Accompanist; Media Composer/Arranger; Music Score Preparer; Composer; Music Therapist; Music Journalist; Audio Technician; Recording Engineer; Audio Designer; Media Composer/Arranger.

General Education (37-39 Units)37-39
Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) **
Required Major Courses (24 Units)24
All students must declare a concentration (Keyboarding, Instrumental, or Vocal) and complete the following:
Theory and Musicianship 1 *
Theory and Musicianship 2 *
Theory and Musicianship 3
Theory and Musicianship 4
Applied Music Lessons (must be completed four times for a total of 4 units)
Select one of the following courses (must be completed four times for a total of 4 units):
Concert Choir
Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra
Electives (3-5 Units)3-5
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units
The Music Department strongly recommends MUS 020AD to meet this additional unit requirement.

Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 6 units may be double counted above in 1A (CSU GE).


6 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC-CSU). IGETC-CSU requires completion of IGETC AREA 1C.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average and a “C” or better grade in all required major and restricted electives courses (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).