About the Program

The degree offers a major in music and a specialization in jazz/popular music. Each program has a common first year. Students will receive instruction in performance, theory, history, technology, improvisation, notation, and composition, with options to learn skills in voice training and various musical instruments. Students will be trained in practice techniques they utilize in ensembles and public performances. Careers can include music directors, composers, musicians, and singers.

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We are a vibrant and energetic program designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Whether you are seeking to gain entrance to a four year music program in the state of Virginia, obtain an Associate’s degree in music, further your own musical abilities and knowledge of music, take private music lessons or to participate in an ensemble, we are here to make music with you. Please explore our website to see how we can help you achieve your musical goals!

The Music curriculum includes performance, theory, history, technology, improvisation, and composition. Students will learn practice techniques and utilize them in ensembles, public performances, and teaching. Students learn skills in the following: music theory, music history, composition, notation, improvisation, technology, piano, guitar, voice, sight-singing, ear training, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, keyboard, band, orchestra, chorus, jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles, music appreciation, music criticism, aesthetics, analysis, performance, stage presence, music business, recording, mixing, and more.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

  • Career Prospects

    Some careers do not necessarily require additional education beyond the associate degree, such as music directors, composers, musicians, and singers.

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