Fine and Performing Arts AA – Music Option

Code: AA.FPA.MUSC

The Associate of Arts (AA) General Music Arts option concentrates student learning on music skills and knowledge, preparing students for further academic study of Music in a variety of music applications such as Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Studies and Music History at the junior and senior college levels.  Through applied and theoretical courses, students will develop the basic competencies of musicianship, knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, and analytic writing skills that potentially encompass a wide range of degree possibilities. The music course variety potentially includes performance, listening, and theoretical skill sets necessary for a pathway towards a bachelor’s degree in music.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major and minor key signatures, and apply this knowledge to the analysis of music compositions.
  • Demonstrate theoretical mastery of and ability to play all major and minor chords and scales on the keyboard.
  • Understand the general functions and specific workings of the elements out of which many pieces of music are made:  rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and such secondary factors as texture, dynamics and tone color.
  • Recognize distinctive musical characteristics as well as the historical placement and socio‐cultural context of each of the major stylistic periods of Western art music, as well as those related to a variety of musical traditions including American and world popular music, folk/traditional music, and other global music styles.
  • Know the names and chord functions of the diatonic system, basic chord progressions and demonstrate proper melodic voice leading through notation.
  • Exhibit mastery of an instrument or voice at a minimum of an intermediate level.
  • Exhibit basic facility in sight reading and sight singing.
  • Exhibit growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences.
  • Critique live concert performances, representing numerous and varied musical cultures and traditions, using the skills and vocabularies they have mastered in their coursework.

Career Pathways

Sound Engineering Technician  Broadcast Sound Engineer Corporate Audio Content Developer
Music Director Music Composer
Music Producer

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
  Humanities Elective** 3
MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUA-1Applied Music

MUS-1Performance Ensemble

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Diversity Elective* 3

MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUA-2Applied Music

MUS-2Performance Ensemble

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3

MUS-132Music Theory I

2

MUS-134Ear Training and Musicianship I

2

Total Credit Hours:17

Fourth Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Free Elective‡ 2-3

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

Total Credit Hours:16-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: economics (eco); geography (geo); political science (pol); psychology (psy); sociology (soc) and anthropology (ant).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

MUA  Applied Music 2
MUS  Performance Ensembles 2
MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUS-132Music Theory I

2

-MUS-133

MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

Total Credit Hours: 16

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or Music (MUS or MUAO course.