Associate of Arts in Music (AA)
This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year university. 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 four areas of emphasis: instrumental, vocal, keyboard and theory/composition.
- Discriminate historical differences in music styles and assess musical performances.
- Implement the concepts of musical theory and analyze examples from a musical score.
- Interpret the musical score and perform with technical accuracy, expression and artistry.
Transfer & Career Opportunities
The College maintains articulation with most CSU and UC campuses and some private colleges and universities. Course requirements vary between colleges and universities and students are encouraged to consult ASSIST.org 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.
|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||26-36|
|MUS 004||Theory and Musicianship 1 *||4|
|MUS 005||Theory and Musicianship 2 *||4|
|MUS 006||Theory and Musicianship 3||4|
|MUS 007||Theory and Musicianship 4||4|
|MUS 041AD||Applied Music Lessons (must be completed four times for a total of 4 units)||1|
One of the following large ensemble courses must be completed 4 times for a total of 4-8 units:
|MUS 034AD||Concert Choir||1-2|
|MUS 054AD||Symphony Orchestra||1|
|MUS 074AD||Symphonic Band||1-2|
All Music majors are required to enroll in piano class until piano proficiency requirement is met.
Select additional courses from the following to complete 60 units:
|MUS 010||Music Appreciation||3|
|MUS 011||Music Appreciation/Jazz||3|
|MUS 013||Music of the World||3|
|MUS 014||History of Rock & Roll||3|
|MUS 030||Beginning Voice||2|
|MUS 036||Chamber Singers Renaissance||2|
|MUS 037||Chamber Singers Classical||2|
|MUS 038||Chamber Singers Romantic||2|
|MUS 039||Chamber Singers 20th Century||2|
|MUS 060||Brass Musical Instruments||2|
|MUS 062||Woodwind Instruments||2|
|MUS 072AD||Jazz Orchestra||2|
|MUS 180||The Music Business||2|
Course(s) meets General Education requirement and 6 units may be double counted above in CSU GE.
6 units may be double counted above in IGETC-CSU.