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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree (AA-T in Music) is a 60-unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Music. MUSC 042 or 048 or 049 are 1-unit courses that must be repeated 4 times to meet the CSU transfer requirement as appropriate to the student's course of study. MUSC 039ABCDEFG is a genre-specific 1-unit course that must be repeated 4 times to meet the requirement as appropriate to the student's course of study. Students must complete the following requirements: 1. 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units 2. the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 3. a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. 4. attainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. 5. earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. NOTE: Though the AA-T provides seamless transfer to a CSU institution, students must still audition for acceptance and placement within the corresponding Music program, per NASM accreditation standards. In accordance with the TMC in Music, Music majors will be required to pass a Piano Proficiency Examination prior to graduation from the transfer institution which may include: sight reading a two-part grade 1 selection; playing two stylistically contrasting pieces from Bartok's Mikrokosmos Book II or equivalent; transposing a simple chorale at sight; harmonizing a melody; improvising a melody from a given chord progression. Students who do not possess these proficiencies are encouraged to enroll in MUSC 031A/B Beginning Piano and/or MUSC 031A Intermediate Piano, using available elective units.

Major Core Requirements (12 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MUSC003AMusic Theory Level 13 units
MUSC003BMusic Theory Level 23 units
MUSC004AMusic Theory Level 33 units
MUSC020AMusicianship Level 11 unit
MUSC020BMusicianship Level 21 unit
MUSC020CMusicianship Level 31 unit

Large Ensemble Requirement: Complete a total of 4 units over a minimum of 4 semesters. The courses are repeatable up to 4 times. (4 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MUSC042Concert Choir1 unit
MUSC048Symphony Orchestra1 unit
MUSC049Symphonic Band1 unit

Applied Music Requirement: Complete a total of 4 units taken over a minimum of 4 semesters of one strand of MUSC 039. The courses are repeatable up to 4 times. (4 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MUSC039AApplied Music: Brass1 unit
MUSC039BApplied Music: Woodwind1 unit
MUSC039CApplied Music: Strings1 unit
MUSC039DApplied Music: Percussion1 unit
MUSC039EApplied Music: Piano1 unit
MUSC039FApplied Music: Guitar1 unit
MUSC039GApplied Music: Voice1 unit

Major Electives List A (3-4 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MUSC001Music History: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Periods3 units
MUSC002Music History: Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Periods3 units
MUSC004BMusic Theory Level 43 units
MUSC010Music Appreciation3 units
MUSC020DMusicianship Level 41 unit
MUSC030ABeginning Piano, Level 11 unit
MUSC030BBeginning Piano, Level 21 unit
MUSC031AIntermediate Piano, Level 31 unit

Total Major Units: 23-24 units

CSU transferable electives courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify and work conceptually with the elements of music, through sight-reading and musical analysis.
  • Perform standard solo and ensemble repertoire appropriate to the student's performance area at a collegiate level.
  • Create derivative or original music in extemporaneous and/or written form.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of music history and performance practices within the student's area of specialization.
Last Updated 7/19/23