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College Catalog 2018-2019

Associate of Arts Degree
Offered through AL, AN, LO
CIP Code: 50.0101

Purpose: The Associate of Arts degree curriculum in Music offers an emphasis in fine arts. The Associate of Arts degree curriculum may be used by students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with an academic advisor and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Recommended Preparation: An interview with the Music faculty may be required before beginning the program.

Special Curriculum Completion Requirements: Applied music students: Tuition and studio fees are payable to the College. Applied proficiency requirements must be met in order for students to advance to the 200-level of applied music courses. Piano proficiency skills are required of all music majors.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1___ 201 Foreign Language 3
2___ General Elective 1
MUS Applied Music (Major) 2
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 111 Music Theory I 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
3ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1___ 202 Foreign Language 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MUS Applied Music (Major) 2
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 112 Music Theory II 4
Total   16
3rd Semester
MTH 245 Statistics I 3
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
2___ General Elective 1
4___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
5___ Social Science Electives 6
Total   15
4th Semester
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
4___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
5___ Social Science Electives 6
Total   14
Total credits for the Music A.A.=60

1 Students completing the A.A. in Music must demonstrate intermediate college-level (201-202) proficiency in a language other than English. The 201-202 courses require a prerequisite proficiency equivalent to the 101-102 sequence in the language. Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students completing 101-102 foreign language may use those credits to meet general elective requirements. Waivers or credit by exam (through CLEP) for previous experience is available for some languages. Students whose native language is not English may substitute general electives for foreign language upon the approval of the advising division dean.

2 Students who need to take the beginning level of foreign language may apply that credit toward the general elective. Other students may take any transfer-oriented course.

3 May substitute ENG 125 with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to the requirements of the transfer institution.

4 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.