The music program is designed with two ends in mind—to
prepare students to transfer to music major programs at four-year
institutions, and to develop the skills and knowledge to pursue
activities in the music profession. The A.A.-T in Music for
Transfer provides students with preparation in the areas of music
theory, musicianship, individual performance (applied music),
and ensemble performance. These skills and abilities can also
be used for integration into other majors, such as multi-media,
early childhood, and audio technology.
The areas of study presented in the music program are
designed to align with the required areas prescribed by transfer
institutions. Specifics required to transfer differ among many
public and private four-year institutions, so students in the
music department are encouraged to work with the institution
to which they wish to transfer to ensure they complete all of
the required courses. These requirements frequently exceed
the requirements established for the associate degree in music.
Many universities require diagnostic, or placement exams to
determine a student’s level of preparation in the various areas
of music instruction. Students are recommended to develop
piano skills in MUS 111 and 112, to participate in applied
music during every semester of enrollment at the college, and
to take courses in music history and appreciation (MUS 100,
106, 107, 108, and 109).