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Associate in Arts for Transfer: Music



The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare​ the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education and specifically intended to satisfy the lower-division requirements for the Baccalaureate in Arts in Music at the California State University.  This degree is designed to prepare students to demonstrate competence and discipline in the study of music theory, music analysis, music composition, and musicianship skills, and to demonstrate proficiency in ensemble skills and solo performance skills. Completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the serious study of Music in practice and in theory and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

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. 


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

  1. List and describe the 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 a accompanist (if appropriate) using stylistically accurate rhythm, pitch, diction (or articulation) and musical expression.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to "audiate" a musical score by sight reading and performing complex rhythms and by sight-singing chromatic, modulating, and post-tonal melodies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and musical function by aurally identifying and transcribing scales, modes, post-tonal melodies, and complex harmonic progressions. Analyze chromatic harmonic progressions that include modulation using 20th century techniques.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a "P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Arts in Music

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 48 Applied Music .5 unit FF FF
​One course from List A: Large Ensemble ​1 unit
​General Education Courses ​9 units
​One course from List B 3 units​
Semester 2 (Spring)
MUS 3 Advanced Diatonic Harmony and Musicianship 4 units
MUS 48 Applied Music .5 unit FF FF
One course from List A: Large Ensemble​ 1 unit​
​General Education Courses 9-10 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
​One course from List A: Large Ensemble 1 unit​
​General Education Courses 10 units​
Semester 4 (Spring)
MUS 5 Twentieth Century Harmony 4 units FF
​MUS 48 Applied Music​ .5 unit​ ​FF ​FF
One course from List A: Large Ensemble​ 1 unit​
​General Education Courses 9-10 units​
List A: Large Ensemble
MUS 31 Chamber Choir 1 unit FF FF
MUS 33 Jazz Ensemble 1 unit FF
MUS 35 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1 unit 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 10 Music Appreciation 3 units FF FF
MUS 15 History of Rock 3 units FF FF
MUS 14 World Music 3 units FF FF
Required for Major: 22 units
Additional General Ed Total: 37-39 units
General Electives: 0-1 unit
Degree Total = 60**

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

**Please Note: Number will vary depending on units that double count