Academic Catalog

Visual & Performing Arts

Music for Transfer (AA-T)

The AA-T in Music for Transfer is designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with the intent of earning a B.A. in music. Students who earn this degree will have the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a music degree at the baccalaureate level. The curriculum combines music theory, applied studies, and performance at the lower division level.

The following is required for the AA-T in Music for Transfer degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major.
  4. A grade of “C” or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; see Degree Requirements and Transfer Information section for more information. Note: If following IGETC, IGETC-CSU must be followed for admission to a CSU.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a musical score to determine its key, harmonic structure, musical style, and form.
  • Identify musical elements in performances and relate them to their cultural and historical contexts.
  • Use either the voice or a musical instrument to perform an intermediate level work with reliable technique and appropriate stylistic interpretation.
  • Perform musical works in a large vocal or instrumental ensemble.
  • Demonstrate proficiency on either a musical instrument or with the voice.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
MUS-105Music Theory and Practice I4
MUS-106Music Theory and Practice II4
MUS-205Music Theory and Practice III4
MUS-190Performance Studies0.5
MUS-191Performance Studies0.5
MUS-290Performance Studies0.5
MUS-291Performance Studies0.5
Choose four units from the following large ensemble courses:4
Concert Band
Concert Band
Concert Band
Concert Band
List A
Select one of the following:3-4
Great Music Listening
Music Theory and Practice IV
Units for the Major21-22
3 units may be double-counted
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC-CSU)39/37
Total Transferable Elective Units2-3/4-5
Total Units60

Please note: SDSU accepts this degree for students transferring into Music B.A.