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Associate in Arts: Music

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

The AA curriculum in Music is designed to provide preparation for either transfer to a CSU or UC as a music
major and/or assist in development for a career in music within a variety of music career choices. A few of these career options could be: working in the music industry, music performance, music education, music ​publishing, musical theater, composition, retail music merchandising, and private music instruction. Additionally the music curriculum creates an opportunity for local amateur and professional musicians to perform within the music department's music performance ensembles (Choirs, Orchestras, Symphonic Bands, and Jazz Ensembles) and/or to advance their music skills.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will be able to: 

  1. Describe major concepts, vocabulary, theoretical perspectives, and creative performance practices of music.
  2. Demonstrate ensemble specific performance practices and professional standards of conduct expected of ensemble participants.
  3. Perform solo literature with an accompanist (if appropriate) using stylistically accurate rhythm, pitch, diction (or articulation) and musical expression.  Included will be performance within formal recital settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to "audiate" a musical score by sight singing tonal music and performing rhythms.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze patterns and musical function by aurally identifying and transcribing scales, modes, melodies, and harmonic progressions.
  6. Demonstrate keyboard proficiency at the level required to perform theoretical concepts studied in music theory courses.

RE​QUIREMENTS: 

Students must complete the Core and Restricted Elective courses. In addition, students fulfill the 37 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC. NOTE: Students planning to transfer to National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited universities to complete a BA degree in Music, in addition to meeting the major requirements shown below, will be required by the transfer institution to show proficiency in the following areas: theory, keyboard skills, vocal skills, music history/appreciation, and applied musicianship. 

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Arts in Music

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Semester Offered\Method of Instruction
Semester 1 (Fall) 
Course Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
MUS 2 Diatonic Harmony and Musicianship 4 units FF

MUS 10 Music Appreciation​ 3 units FF FF
​MUS 48 Applied Music​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
MUS 61​ Performance Analysis​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
MUS 64​ Beginning Keyboard Skills​ 1 unit​ FF​ FF​
One course from List A: Large Ensemble 1 unit​
​General Education Courses 2-5 units​
​​​
​Semester 2 (Spring)
MUS 3 Advanced Diatonic Harmony and Musicianship 4 units
FF
MUS 48 Applied Music .5 unit FF FF
​MUS 61 Performance Analysis​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
​MUS 65 ​Intermediate Keyboard Skills 1 unit​ FF​ FF​
One course from List A: Large Ensemble 1 unit​
General Education Courses 5-8 units​
One course from List B 3 units​
Semester 3 (Fall)
MUS 4 Chromatic Harmony 4 units FF

​MUS 48 Applied Music​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
MUS 61​ Performance Analysis​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
MUS 66​ Advanced-Intermediate Keyboard Skills​ 1 unit​ FF​ FF​
One course from List A: Large Ensemble 1 unit​
General Education Courses 5-8 units​
Semester 4 (Spring)
MUS 5 Twentieth Century Harmony 4 units
FF
​MUS 48 Applied Music​ ​.5 unit ​FF FF​
MUS 61​ Performance Analysis​ .5 unit​ FF​ FF​
One course from List A: Large Ensemble 1 unit​
General Education Courses 5-8 units​
Semester 5 (and 6, if needed) 

One course from List A: Large Ensemble
1 unit



General Education Courses
10-22 units

List A
MUS 31
Chamber Choir
1 unit FF FF
MUS 33
Jazz Ensemble
1 unit FF FF
MUS 35
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1 unit FF FF
MUS 40 Concert Choir​ 1 unit ​FF ​FF
MUS 42 Shasta College Chorale​
1 unit ​FF FF​
​MUS 43 Shasta College Symphony Orchestra​ 1 unit ​FF ​FF
MUS 44 Shasta College Pre-Symphony .5-1 unit ​FF ​FF
MUS 46 Shasta College Symphonic Band​ 1 unit ​FF ​FF
MUS 47 Shasta College Jazz Ensemble 1 unit ​FF ​FF
List B
MUS 14* World Music
3 units
FF FF
MUS 15* History of Rock 3 units FF FF
Required for Major: 31 units
Additional General Ed Total: 36 units
General Electives: 0 units
Degree Total = 67**
 

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online 
ITV = Course is offered through Interactive Video 
FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person)
HYB = Hybrid

* May be used to fulfill General Education requirements.  See a counselor.

**Please Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test.  If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units.  If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.