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Music Associate in Arts

The music major offers a secure foundation for further study in music. The primary emphasis of the program is to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. In addition to the required and elective courses, music students are expected to participate in at least one performing organization each semester.

Career Opportunities

Music Director1
Music Instructor1
Music Therapist1
Performer, Vocalist
Piano Tuner
Recording Engineer1
Teacher / Professor1


Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Apply the terminology associated with the language of music.
  2. Correlate significant events and trends in music history with significant events and trends in world history.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

MUS-105Music Theory and Practice I4
MUS-106Music Theory and Practice II4
MUS-132Class Piano I3
MUS-133Class Piano II3
Total Units14

Area of Emphasis

Classical Studies

MUS-190Performance Studies0.5
MUS-191Performance Studies0.5
MUS-205Music Theory and Practice III4
MUS-206Music Theory and Practice IV4
MUS-232Class Piano III3
MUS-233Class Piano IV3
MUS-290Performance Studies0.5
MUS-291Performance Studies0.5
Select four (4) units from any other music courses4
Total Units20

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements