Associate of Arts in
Associate of Art in Music
Riverside City College
USD 435 *
Earliest start date
* per unit for international students / total required funding is $23,161
The Mission of the Music Department is to provide students the means to accomplish their goals in music with an educational program that prepares them to contribute as artists, educators, audience members, and supporters of the arts. Our standard is to meet the cultural, educational, and social needs of the community through excellent musical performances, school visitations, workshops, and masterclasses. At the heart of the department are outstanding arts experiences, superior teaching, and access to an aesthetic learning education.
A systematic course of study that fosters meaningful cultural experiences in the performance, understanding, and appreciation of the art and discipline of music.
Scholarships and Funding
Financial Aid Support for Your Educational Goals
There are many types of financial aid available to you at RCC. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application is required for most financial aid forms. Types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, and student loans.
- Federal Pell Grant (Part of FAFSA application)
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG - Part of FAFSA application)
State of California Grants
- California College Promise
- Cal Grant Program
- Student Success Completion Grant
- Chafee Grant Program for eligible foster youth and former foster youth
- California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)
Riverside Community College District Scholarship
There are over 250 scholarships available to students through the RCCD Foundation, and only one application is needed to apply. If you are an admitted student at RCC and have a student email address, you can apply for scholarships offered by the RCCD Foundation.
CGACC-RCC International Student Scholarship
International Students at Riverside City College are welcome to apply for CGACC-RCC Scholarship. This scholarship is in the form of a tuition fee reduction estimated at $1,250. The application deadline for CGACC-RCC International Student Scholarship is July 25, and the results of the students selected are typically announced by August 6.
To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a new or continuing international student who will study full-time at one of the RCCD colleges (Riverside City College, Norco College, or Moreno Valley College) on an F-1 Student Visa in the fall semester. Transfer students can also apply. New international students who apply for the scholarship must have a completed RCC international student application, submit all required documents, and receive an RCCD I-20.
Associate of Arts Degree
The Associate of Arts Degree in Music will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.
Required Courses (32-36)
Applied Music* (12 units selected from the following):
- MUS-39 --- Applied Music I --- 3
- MUS-79 --- Applied Music II --- 3
- MUS-P12 --- Applied Piano I --- 3
- MUS-12 --- Applied Piano II --- 3
Music Theory (16 units):
- MUS-3** --- Music Fundamentals --- 4
- MUS-4 --- Music Theory I --- 4
- MUS-5 --- Music Theory II --- 4
- MUS-6 --- Music Theory III --- 4
Performing Ensembles* (4 semesters selected from the following):
- MUS-28 --- Riverside Community Symphony --- 2
- MUS-33 --- Vocal Jazz Ensemble --- 2
- MUS-41 --- Chamber Singers --- 2
- MUS-42 --- Wind Ensemble --- 2
- MUS-44 --- Jazz Ensemble --- 2
- MUS-68 --- Community Symphony --- 2
- MUS-73 --- Vocal Jazz Singers --- 2
- MUS-77 --- Guitar Ensemble --- 2
- MUS-81 --- Consort Singers --- 2
- MUS-82 --- Wind Symphony --- 2
- MUS-84 --- Jazz Orchestra --- 2
- MUS-P28 --- Symphony Strings --- 2
- MUS-P36 --- Piano Ensemble --- 1.5
- MUS-P77 --- Advanced Guitar Ensemble --- 2
Additional Courses Recommended for Transfer
- MUS-32A --- Class Piano I --- 1
- MUS-32B --- Class Piano II --- 1
- MUS-32C --- Class Piano III --- 1
- MUS-32D --- Class Piano IV --- 1
- MUS-53 --- Keyboard Proficiency --- 1
- MUS-22** --- Survey of Music Literature --- 3
*Applied Music and Performing Ensemble courses may be taken four times for credit.
**Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern; please confer with a counselor
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify and work conceptually with all elements of music through dictation, sight-reading, musical analysis, and basic keyboard proficiency.
- Perform standard repertoire appropriate to their performance area as individuals or members of ensembles.
- Create derivative or original music in both extemporaneous and written form.