Associate of Arts in Music for Transfer (AAT)

Division: Fine Arts

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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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 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 (26-36 Units)26-36
All students must declare an area of emphasis (Keyboard, Instrumental, Vocal, or Composition) and concurrently enroll in MUS 041AD and one of the following major performance ensemble courses for four consecutive semesters: MUS 034AD, MUS 074AD, MUS 054AD
Theory and Musicianship 1 *
Theory and Musicianship 2 *
Theory and Musicianship 3
Theory and Musicianship 4
One of the following large ensemble courses must be completed 4 times for a total of 4-8 units:
Symphonic Band
Concert Choir
Symphony Orchestra
All Music majors are required to enroll in piano class until piano proficiency requirement is met.
Restricted Electives (0-3 Units)0-3
Select additional courses from the following to complete 60 units:
Music Appreciation
Music Appreciation/Jazz
Music of the World
History of Rock & Roll
Chamber Singers Renaissance
Chamber Singers Classical
Chamber Singers Romantic
Chamber Singers 20th Century
Brass Musical Instruments
Beginning Voice
Woodwind Instruments
Jazz Orchestra
The Music Business

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.

The Associate of 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 (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).