Associate of Arts in
Associate of Arts in Music
Mt. San Antonio College
USD 362 / per credit *
Earliest start date
* per unit out-of-state student tuition - $46/per unit California residents tuition
Music is a broad-based academic discipline with foundational coursework in theory and performance. By providing a theoretical understanding of the development and creation of music, along with requisite technical proficiency, it is expected that these skills will be used to demonstrate musical sensitivity and creativity as a soloist or in the context of a musical ensemble. To further foster these skills, optional courses in the areas of piano and music history should also be taken. The degree requires four semesters of theory, four semesters of applied music (lessons), and four semesters of musical ensemble to provide the skills necessary for transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a degree in music, including composition, performance, and/or music education.
To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a CSU that consist of IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer, and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.
Theory & Musicianship
Choose one course from the following: 3-4 Units
- MUS 2 Music Theory & MUS 5A and Musicianship Fundamentals
- MUS 7 Music Fundamentals
- MUS 3A Music Theory I, 3 Units
- MUS 3B Music Theory II, 3 Units
- MUS 3C Music Theory III, 3 Units
- MUS 5B Musicianship I, 1 Unit
- MUS 6A Musicianship II, 1 Unit
- MUS 6B Musicianship III, 1 Unit
4 semesters, 0.5 units each, 2 Units
- MUS 16 Individual Instruction
6 units or 4 semesters, variable 1.5-2 units each, 5-8 Units
- MUS 27 Chamber Music
- MUS 31 Concert Choir
- MUS 34 Women's Vocal Ensemble
- MUS 39 Laboratory Band
- MUS 45 Chamber Singers
- MUS 47 Jazz Ensemble
- MUS 48 Men's Vocal Ensemble
- MUS 49 Wind Ensemble
- MUS 50 Jazz Improvisation and Performance Choir
Total Units for Major: 23-26
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern*: 39-42 Units
Total Units: 60
*Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the rehearsal, collaboration, and performance of music across a wide range of compositional styles and in a variety of venues.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the analysis and composition of tonal music.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in the dictation and sight-singing of tonal music
- Demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading, transposition, and improvisation at the keyboard
- Comprehend and communicate in writing the cultural and historical contexts of music, as well as stylistic differences, in the Western classical traditions.
Student Learning Outcomes
*Student Learning Outcomes include general skills, knowledge, or applications which students are expected to demonstrate after completing a course or program of study. The discipline faculty are responsible for a course or program develop these outcomes, as well as measure or assess the students to determine if the outcomes are being met. The goal of assessing Student Learning Outcomes is to help improve our courses, curriculum, student success, and/or instruction. Course-level Student Learning Outcomes do not need to be comprehensive, they can focus on a particular aspect of a course, and the measurements of these assessments are not necessarily part of the student's grades in the courses. Remember, Student Learning Outcomes do not necessarily represent all of the material and objectives to be learned in a course.