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 should be able to:

  • Describe major concepts, vocabulary, theoretical perspectives, and creative performance practices of music.
  • Demonstrate ensemble specific performance practices and professional standards of conduct expected of ensemble participants.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to “audiate” a musical score by sight singing tonal music and performing rhythms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze patterns and musical function by aurally identifying and transcribing scales, modes, melodies, and harmonic progressions.
  • Demonstrate keyboard proficiency at the level required to perform theoretical concepts studied in music theory courses.

Degree Requirements

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.

Core Courses

  • MUS 2 Diatonic Harmony and Musicianship 4
  • MUS 3 Advanced Diatonic Harmony and Musicianship 4
  • MUS 4 Chromatic Harmony 4
  • MUS 5 20th Century Harmony 4
  • MUS 10* Music Appreciation 3
  • MUS 48 Applied Music (four semesters, 0.5 units each) 2
  • MUS 61A Beginning Performance Analysis 0.5
  • MUS 61B Intermediate Performance Analysis 0.5
  • MUS 61C Advanced Intermediate Performance Analysis 0.5
  • MUS 61D Advanced Performance Analysis 0.5
  • MUS 64 Beginning Keyboard Skills 1
  • MUS 65 Intermediate Keyboard Skills 1
Restricted Electives -  (Choose four units) 4
  • MUS 31 Chamber Choir (1)
  • MUS 33 Jazz Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 35 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 40 Concert Choir (1)
  • MUS 42 Shasta College Chorale (1)
  • MUS 43 Shasta College Symphony Orchestra (1)
  • MUS 44 Shasta College Pre-Symphony (0.5-1)
  • MUS 46 Shasta College Symphonic Band (1)
  • MUS 47 Shasta College Jazz Ensemble (1)

The following courses are not required but are recommended by the Department: MUS 11*, 14*, 15, 16, 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 29, and 30.

*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Major: 29

Additional General Education: 34-36

General Electives: 0

Degree Total: 63-65*

*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.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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